The late singer opens up about his influences in a video interview.
Experience a glimpse into the mind of the untimely deceased music genius Jeff Buckley, in a rare piece of interview footage in which he opens up about his influences, his first forays into music and the making of his first (and last) album 'Grace' which was released in 1994.
Remembering music devotee Jeff Buckley...
On a Spring evening in Memphis in 1998, one of the most gifted singer-songwriters to ever have lived swam out into the Wolf River Harbor and never returned. It was both remarkably sad and shocking in equal measure to see Jeff Buckley fade from the music industry just as quickly as he had arrived. To hear him verbalise his thoughts in this world is somewhat eerie, but there's no doubt the resurfacing of this rare piece of interview footage will be treasured by many.
'Music is endless', he muses in the video. 'And even though I've heard a whole bunch of music from so many different places and fallen in love countless times with all kinds of music, there's still something. I guess it's just called freedom.' Buckley reveals that his interest in music began at a young age, with much profundity. 'It was my mother, it was my father, it was my toy, it was the best thing in my life', he says.
Among his many influences were Bob Dylan, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and especially Joni Mitchell. They were the sorts of artists that grabbed him when he first discovered the world of sound; when he first discovered his grandmother's acoustic guitar.
The most famous song on his album is without doubt 'Hallelujah'; a haunting cover of song by Leonard Cohen to which Buckley added the extra verses that were never before recorded - though he admitted his favourite version was the one by John Cale. The album was followed by a tour, which only served to excite Buckley (who had previously been in several bands as a teenager) because it would mean he would get to form a group to take on the road. 'As soon as the album came out, I was dying to be with a band, I was dying for the relationship, for the chemistry. People, the warm bodies, male or female, bass, drums, dulcimer, tuba. Anything', he says.
It's one of music's greatest tragedies that he would not live to present his band with the wealth of new material that would've become album two.