An author has contacted me to contribute to a book he is writing which indirectly is related to Jeff Buckley, and I am working on giving some initial answers to questions for him about my “relationship” with Jeff Buckley and his music, my perspectives and feelings.
I love talking about that kind of stuff, as you know, but it’s also kind of a hard exercise. I stopped and just kind of sat there when I came to question #5:
Did you ever see him play live, or meet him/speak to him? If not, do you wish you had?
(The answer is no, but more than anything I’d love to answer the first part of that question in the affirmative). I’ve been listening to Jeff Buckley a lot today, and am especially excited about this amazing version of Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” that Buckley performed over the phone for some guys from WMFU Radio some years ago.
Jeff’s bluesy take on this song from Sin-Ã© has long been a favorite of mine, but there’s something about the impromptu scratchy gorgeousness of this version. It’s absolutely arresting; I don’t know how something over the phone could induce chills, but it does. When I read Dream Brother, one common thread throughout Jeff’s life was that he loved to share little bits of himself through his music in random ways with friends and those whom he felt could appreciate it — so his music crops up in all kinds of unexpected forms.
The singing starts at about 4:15.
[removed] I Shall Be Released – Jeff Buckley
over the phone with WMFU Radio
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