Jeff Buckley | Grace
A singer-songwriter who died very young, this was Jeff Buckley’s only major album (as far as I know). The tracks on here aren’t simple pop songs, though. Many of them have huge crashing crescendos and showcase Buckley’s considerable vocal talent, and the two covers on here are not traditional pop vocal fare (his famous cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujay’ and, for some reason, Benjamin Britten’s ‘Corpus Christi Carol’). I don’t know why I was expecting pop singer/songwriter along the lines of like… I dunno, Jason Mraz or John Mayer or something (not that I claim to know those guys very well), but that’s not what this is. There are some songs about love, but there are also songs about deeper topics, and the arrangements are always really cool. I’m not huge on traditional singer/songwriter rock music but of the albums like that that I do have this is probably one of the better ones.
If you haven’t seen it, see it.
If you haven’t heard from your friends, we’re a blog that helps those beginning to dive into spirituality understand the afterlife and how to gradually become more spiritually aware. A part of that perk is that we also teach people how to channel spirits. On this blog, we channel some spirits that have reached out to us and we record anything that they feel the need to express. At the moment, its 3AM and we channeled Jeff. Below is a transcript of our conversation.
Before we get any questions about this, we’re going to clarify a few things. When you die, your spirit takes on whatever form it wanted to be the most on earth. Its genderless but if you’ve had a tendency to have more of a flair for masculinity or femininity in the chain of lives you’ve had, you’ll have a certain “flavor” to your soul. Sometimes you’ll be more masculine, feminine or androgynous depending on how you best express yourself.
We learned fairly recently that Jeff Buckley had a particular flavor. I call it classic vanilla bean.
Kami (Me) : “Jeff do you want to talk about how you used to be a playboy?”
- “I didn’t exactly used to be a playboy. I just really liked women. (He smiles). I loved, loved, loved women and all of their gifts. I thought I could clasp femininity. Really get a hold of it. But I was never really prepared for it. I thought that by sleeping with women I could find myself because something was always missing. And that missing piece was vital to understanding who I really am as a woman.
As a woman I am many things. I’m calm, fragile, and I can really be anything that you want me to be.”
“Jeff I don’t really think that your fans are going to understand that your soul is actually feminine rather than masculine.”
- “I’m definitely feminine alright (He’s smiling again). Have you taken a look at my tits? They’re gorgeous. The concept of femininity is that you have no master, that you’re something beyond wondrous that can’t be contained.
I’ve had many lives where I’ve been a guy before but they sort of..paled in comparison to being a woman. You can’t really compete with being a woman you know? Its a whole different experience.”
“What do you like about being a woman, Jeff?”
- “Being a woman is just amazing. I have no responsibility, no anything. I’m not tied down to my masculinity and all of the lecherous standards that come with it. Stand up straight, get the girl back by 8, keep your hair cut. I was a woman before in other lives. I was a nurse before, a ballroom dancer (he’s labeling them off his fingers), and a stage performer. I always liked performing and I think thats what influenced my life as Jeff Buckley. My life as Jeff was always meant to be an experiment. It was about how much I could take. Me dying was a total accident. I was meant to go out another way but it was equally as stupid. I was never contemplating suicide but my life wasn’t meant to be very long. I wasn’t going to live forever.”