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Monday, November 17, 2008

Jeff Buckley, Glen Hansard "Neath The Beeches"

Today, November 17th, is Jeff Buckley's birthday, and a reader sent me this interview clip with Glen Hansard (Once, The Frames, The Commitments) discussing the months when his guitar tech/roadie was this young guy named Jeff.

Listen to Hansard tell the story of Jeff first playing "an Irish club in the East Village " with him (of course, the famous Sin-é) and the reaction of the audience when this unknown kid started to sing. As he discusses their relationship in this wonderfully unguarded interview, he also recounts the story of playing the Tim Buckley song "Once I Was" in the hotel room for Jeff, and being stunned when Jeff casually mentioned, oh yeah, he was my father.

It closes with a gorgeous version of the song "Neath The Beeches," which Hansard says fell fully formed from his mind, and that "I was thinking about (Jeff) when I was doing it, so it became his song in my head."

Glen Hansard discusses Jeff Buckley / plays "Neath The Beeches"

Here is also the album version, from the 1999 Frames album Dance The Devil:
Neath The Beeches - The Frames

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At November 17, 2008 10:05 AM, Blogger SixtyWatt said...

This interview is a gem. It just made my day. Happy Birthday Jeff.

At November 17, 2008 10:36 AM, Anonymous Android said...

Agreed sixtywatt. A thousand thanks for posting it.

At November 17, 2008 10:57 AM, Anonymous Linda T said...

Wow, what an absolutely beautiful, haunting song. Great tribute to Jeff. Thanks for posting it.

At November 17, 2008 6:09 PM, Blogger Charles C Stirk Jr said...

WOWzer what they said .....

Bla day just made better

At November 18, 2008 12:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

of course jeff buckley was a roadie for the frames, it all makes sense. i guess you just can't make stuff like this up. what a great story.

thanks, as always, heather for posting these rare goodies.


At November 19, 2008 6:17 PM, Blogger Jason Warburg said...

Wow, great stuff, Heather. Thanks.

At November 26, 2008 5:23 PM, Blogger Alicia K said...

Holy crap, how did I not realize that Glen Hansard was Outspan in The Commitments? That's one of my favorite movies! Wow.

At November 26, 2008 6:09 PM, Blogger heather said...

alicia, i was sitting literally directly in front of bill pullman last week at the denver film fest and we chatted but I SO did not remember he was Dr. Jameson the breast implant doctor in Singles, one of my favorite movies. I felt the same way when I remembered a few days later. "You're Dr. Jameson, man! Many, many babes are INTO that!"


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