ello and welcome back to Dani’s Music Box. This is where you’ll find my Pandora’s Box of musical talent.
Some you may be amazed by, while others you may think are utter poo. We all like different things and I tend to like everything, so I should have a little something for everyone with this series and not just have heavy music or rock.
This week I’m leaving Los Angeles and travelling to Orange, Orange County to bring you the musical genius of an artist who would have created great things. He goes by the name of Jeff Buckley.
Buckley started his career as a session musician in 1985, upon the completion of his one year course at the Musicians Institute in North Hollywood. I was a year old at this point and the music I was most likely listening to was baby music – whatever that may be.
His first and only album to be released while he was alive was, Grace (1994). By this point, I was 10 years old. Leonard Cohen was big in our house as my parents were huge fans, and when I’d discovered Buckley had covered ‘Hallelujah,’ my parents fell in love all over again, still preferring Cohen but loved Buckley’s version also.
After touring for his first album, he started working on his second. By this time he’d relocated to Manhattan, New York, before settling in Memphis, Tennessee. His second album, however, remains unreleased and what resembles his second album, Sketches for My Sweetheart the Drunk (1998), is actually a two-disc collection of music he’d been working on just before his death.
It upset me greatly when I learned of his death, it does when anyone with a talent I love dies, because you feel than a part of yourself is lost. During his time in Memphis, he liked to swim in the river which he did a lot. The evening his band flew out to finish recording the album, he went for a night swim. A passing boat had knocked him underwater resulting in him drowning. The police ruled his death as accidental as they found no drugs or alcohol in his system.
That’s it for now, next time we’ll be travelling to Berlin, Germany to be drowned in electronic and industrial music, excuse the pun.