On Musical Transcendence
When I was at Yale University in the early 1970s, I frequently broke the house rules of my own radio show, The Sounds from England, by spinning tracks by Tim Buckley . . . Tim had a voice of such astonishing power and fragility that it literally gave me chills. He was an American musical titan.
Over time I got to know and work with Jeff Buckley, Tim’s son, in New York in the early 1990s. I remember writing a piece of music I called ‘And You Will’, which would eventually morph into ‘Mojo Pin’, a key track of Jeff’s one completed album, Grace. I knew that I had the makings of an epic after the first day of working on the music. It was a mini-symphony, music that cried out for Jeff’s soaring voice to make it whole. I had the same experience co-writing Grace’s title track with Jeff.
I’m looking forward to tapping into the amazing catalogue of Tim and Jeff Buckley songs and genuinely thrilled to be working with the great line-up of vocalists— Martha Wainwright, Steve Kilbey (of The Church), Casper Clausen (from Efterklang), Cold Specks, Camille O’Sullivan and Willy Mason.
I’m sure this is going to be the musical event of the year.
The music of Tim and Jeff Buckley is timeless and gracefully transcendental. It lives forever in the hearts of those who have been touched by it.
Gary Lucas, Musical Director, A State of Grace.