Thursday, January 31, 2013

Throwback Thursday: "Lover, You Should Have Come Over"

Jeff Buckley and Rebecca Moore

Although in May I'll honour the passing of Jeff Buckley in much further detail, I listen to so much of his music that it becomes hard not to write as often as possible about the genius, career-defining body of work he recorded. Like so many of the greats, Buckley had such a tragically short-lived musical career; one that began when he performed at the funeral of his estranged father, Tim Buckley, and one that ended all-too-soon after an accidental drowning in the Mississippi River beneath the wake of a passing tugboat.

With his musical legacy and acclaim from the likes of Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Jimmy Page, the rising star left behind his one seminal album, Grace, which featured this beautifully heartbroken ode, written for his muse and lover Rebecca Moore. Buckley's unfinished collection of songs, which his band mates were en route to complete with him when he passed away, would eventually be released posthumously in 1998 as Sketches for My Sweetheart The Drunk.

Whether the first public performance in which he bode farewell to the father he never knew, his awe-inspiring tenor vibrato or the haunting, poetic tales (like this) heard on Grace - it can be hard to accept that such a profound contributor to the last two decades of music won't be making any more of it.

But, with those gorgeous contributions, all we can do is celebrate and commemorate the mark he made; because, really, it's better to have had a Jeff Buckley than to have not had him at all.

Here's one of my very favourite songs off Grace:

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