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More of those cakes…

that are going to be hard to eat.

(I’ve been nursing this bad hangover since yesterday so I have yet to check out my playlist for today. Due to procrastination, I stumbled upon the awesome “Ace of Cakes” creations.)

 

Chef Duff and Team

 

I wonder if the popcorns are individual cakes…

 

Can I eat this using my bare hands?

 

I’d be scared to eat the people.

 

Now where’s the guitar?

 

They have a strat.

 

I’m sure they’ve done an entire stage of instrument-shaped cakes.

 

And it specifically has to be Wrigley Stadium.

 

Individually rolled cakes?

 

I’m a girl, so I appreciate this.

 

Just like the set. Love it.

 

 

This reminded me of all the alcohol I consumed Friday night. Ugh. I’d better go back to bed.

 

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Loved Tracks

If you are a LastFM user, then you’re familiar with the “Love Track” button. For those who have yet to discover LastFM: members can listen to recommended songs randomly generated based on their profile. Then, they have the option to tag the ones they like and include them in their personal library. I’ve been taking this route lately because I’m on the lookout for additional tunes for my player.

Here are some of my recent picks (that are all, coincidentally, under the folk music genre):

 

Song: “Naked As We Came”

Album: “2005-06-11: Bonnaroo Festival, TN, USA”

Artist: Iron & Wine

 

Song: “Gypsy”

Album": “Solitude Standing”

Artist: Suzanne Vega

 

Song: “The City”

Album: “Only Four Seasons”

Artist: Joe Purdy

 

Song: “Skipping Stone”

Album: “Supply And Demand”

Artist: Amos Lee

(Sad that the only video that I could post here doesn’t do any justice to this beautiful song)

 

Song: “Ghosts”

Album: “Ghosts”

Artist: Mark Geary

“Last Goodbye” version worth mentioning

Last week, on my way to my family’s farm, I was listening to the soundboard recording of Jeff Buckley’s Glastonbury Festival 1995 performance, and since it was my first time to really concentrate on each of the songs, I never noticed before how perfect he sounded that day.

One song that took my breath away was “Last Goodbye”. Now, as I’ve mentioned over and over again, I like this song whether live or studio-recorded, but it’s the Glastonbury version that I absolutely adore. As in any Jeff Buckley live show, his emotions were in the song – he went all-out, all-heart, raw, pure… everything.

Listen to it for you to understand when I say that my heart would skip a beat whenever I get to this part:

Why does she call me when she knows what it does to me?

It somehow summed up what the song really was about, and what any broken-hearted person feels. I love it. It makes me wanna turn back time, go to Glastonbury and ask Jeff if he was alright.

Where’s the full vid of this concert???

Speaking of vids, he did the same version during his concert in Chicago. Not as awesome as his rendition during the festival, but at least it’ll give you an idea.

FYI, if you want the cleaned up studio version (but with the additional lyrics), you can find it in the “Eternal Life” EP (and I must say, it’s still not that magical).

Acknowledgements:

Sweet Oblivion

I am fuel, you are friends

Sunday Playlist: Tribute to Jeff

I’ve been working on completing my “Jeff Buckley Tribute Songs” playlist and based on my numerous sources, there are quite a lot (whether it’s a direct tribute to him or was just inspired by him)! Here’s the partial (I heard there were at least 51 songs) list, with some of the songs I’ve already acquired:

  1. A Body Goes Down – Duncan Sheik
  2. Blind River Boy – Amy Correia
  3. Wave Goodbye – Chris Cornell
  4. Memphis – PJ Harvey
  5. Valley of Sound – Heather Nova
  6. Trying Not to Think About It – Juliana Hatfield
  7. Boys on the Radio – Hole
  8. Just Like Anyone – Aimee Mann
  9. In a Flash – Ron Sexsmith
  10. New Blood – Beth Wood
  11. By Yourself – Sister 7
  12. Grace – Rachel Sage
  13. On the Road to Calvary – Willie Nile
  14. We Don’t Know – Health & Happiness Show
  15. Swimming – Chris Taylor
  16. Grace – Three Against Four
  17. One Last Good Bye – David Linx
  18. Rilkean Heart – Cocteau Twins
  19. Bleed – Ours
  20. As I Wander – Ours
  21. Song for a Dead Singer – Zita Swoon
  22. From Grace – Thomas Dybdahl
  23. Memphis skyline – Rufus Wainright
  24. Bandstand in the sky – Pete Yorn
  25. Feel The Quiet River Rage – Live
  26. Gorgeous – Kashmir
  27. Eternal flame – Joan as Police Woman
  28. Flushed Chest – Joan as Police Woman
  29. Valley of Sound – Heather Nova
  30. Tides of the Soul – Elysian Fields
  31. Half- Gifts – Cocteau Twins
  32. Teardrop – Elizabeth Fraser/ Massive Attack
  33. Somebody Leave a Light On – Dayna Kurtz
  34. Shiver – Coldplay
  35. You Were Right – Badly Drawn Boy
  36. Where All Roses go – Anuna
  37. Messiah – Brenda Kahn
  38. Light – Brenda Kahn
  39. Hunger – Brenda Kahn
  40. Mississippi – Bob Dylan
  41. Gracing Wolf River – Flection
  42. Live in Blue Sparks – Rebecca Moore
  43. To the Sea – Mark Eitzel
  44. Neath the Beaches – The Frames
  45. Except for the Ghosts – Lisa Germano
  46. Grey Ghost – Mike Doughty

And for this past Sunday, here are my picks (“Rilkean Heart” is included but since I’ve already singled out this song a few posts back, I decided not to mention it here anymore):

 

“A BODY GOES DOWN”

by Duncan Sheik, “Humming

 

Cover of This may probably be the most popular tribute song to Jeff. Duncan decided to create this track as a send-off to a musician who has inspired him. He was one of those people who was moved and greatly affected by the death of his musical influence.

 

 

 

 

Speed on to the next life . Better I’m sure by far

Orpheus driven . Treasures given

Heal the most broken of hearts. Speed on, speed on, speed on…

 

 

“YOU WERE RIGHT”

by Badly Drawn Boy, “Have You Fed the Fish?”

This is not really a tribute, tribute, but Jeff’s name was mentioned in the lyrics. I like the song, with or without the JB influence.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I remember doing nothing on the night Sinatra died.

And the night Jeff Buckley died,

And the night Kurt Cobain died,

And the night John Lennon died.

 

“WAVE GOODBYE”

by Chris Cornell, “Euphoria Morning

Euphoria Morning album coverJeff’s good friend, Chris Cornell, made a song right after he passed away, obviously wanting to say so many things to him, but losing that chance now that he’s gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you miss somebody…

And everything of beauty that you see, only brings a tear

 

 

“VALLEY OF SOUND”

by Heather Nova, “Siren

Jeff’s songs can really make an impact to the listener. She wrote this song after attending a JB concert which moved her to tears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love, I love, I love the look in your trespassed eyes

I love, I love, I love the way you can make me cry.

 

 

“TRYING NOT TO THINK ABOUT IT”

by Juliana Hatfield, “Please Do Not Disturb EP”

Juliana was a friend of Buckley, even touring together once. The song, my favorite tribute track, is a very realistic, personal take on how people react when someone dear to them passes away.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any web video for you to appreciate it.

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know where you are, everything is wrong. So I’m trying not to think about it.

“TO THE SEA”

by Mark Eitzel, “The Invisible Man

According to Mark, the song is “About a singer/songwriter and the story I heard of his untimely death, and how most people reject his kind of purity”. Ok apparently, there are no lyrics available online and I’m not really that good in transcribing, but from what I know is this is a song on how he, Mark, feels about Jeff (there was some sort of attraction, based on some accounts) upon seeing him in NYC one time, and how he, at that moment, just dismissed it.

Also love this song… and I couldn’t find any video online.

 

 

I was just busy running, running from your beauty. Some run from the devil. Some from their own history. Some run from their hopes. And some run to the sea

Stupid don’t you agree?

I agree.

 

“GREY GHOST”

by Mike Doughty, “Haughty Melodic

Like any artist-friend who was affected by Jeff’s passing, Mike Doughty raved about him, saying that he has “the effortless ability to become a myth, a legend.” In his official blog, Mike mentioned, “God bless him–and us, for having briefly shared the world with him–but his songwriting, in general (to me) just wasn’t as strong as his ability to get inside somebody else’s songs. But however transcendent his version of "Hallelujah" might be, there was no way he was going to put out an album full of ’em–there’s no dough in it, and even geniuses have landlords.”

 

 

 

Sleepy-eyed the man is wading out into the night, singing ‘don’t fall through the stars’.

 

“BANDSTAND IN THE SKY”

by Pete Yorn, “Live From New Jersey

This was written the day Pete learned that Jeff died. Instead of an ode to him, it was more of an interpretation of what was inside Jeff’s mind on his way to the river that killed him.

In the live CD, he dedicated the song to Jeff before the performance.

 

 

 

 

You can take my life, but I’ll never die.

You can tell that’s the way I’ll survive.

If only I had other reasons to enroll

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A Touching Tribute

Last night, during the Eraserheads gig entitled “The Final Set”, the band played “Kaleidoscope World” by Francis Magalona. It is quite a surprise that Ely Buendia, the EHeads lead man, was able to finish a short rendition of the song without breaking down… he and the late artist were really close friend, and were working on a CD just before the unfortunate passing.

I was sniffling by the time the song ended.

Abbey Road Studios

I was surfing channels on TV and found out that they were showing John Mayer “Live from Abbey Road” over at RJ TV. Lucky me, the song they were about to play was “Gravity”.

This was the JM that I really love –  When “Continuum” was just new, his hair was all long and curly, he was more of a musician than a Premiere Night or Oscar Red Carpet dude, with the entire gang – David LaBruyere was still there on bass, together with Robbie McIntosh, J.J. Johnson, Bob Reynolds and David Ryan Harris. This was the time when he would utter, “it’s only the music,” and I would believe, right-off-the-bat.

At least now, I am reminded why I like the guy.