What "Mojo Pin" about and what is a mojo pin?
"This is a song about a dream." -- Jeff Buckley, from Live at Sin-é
How are "Mojo Pin" and "Grace" associated with Gary Lucas?
The early incarnations of these songs were formed when Jeff was a part of Lucas' Gods and Monsters. Gary Lucas wrote the guitar parts, and Jeff invited Lucas into the studio to record them for Grace.
What is Michael Tighe's connection with "So Real"?
During rehearsals [for the pre-Grace tour] Michael Tighe came up with a guitar line that transfixed Jeff. They quickly wrote the haunting "So Real." Excited by the new composition, Jeff insisted that they cut it live in an LA studio, initially to use as a B-side. The results were so good the song was added to Grace. 7
Whose version of "Lilac Wine" does Jeff cover?
"I've only heard Nina Simone's...And that's the only one that matters. There's one by Ertha Kitt. There's one by Elkie Brooks, which I've never, ever heard. There's another one. But they've done it, but Nina does it best. That's the end all of it. That's the be all end all version. She's the king." 8
Whose version of "Hallelujah" does Jeff cover?
Jeff covers the version of the song that John Cale recorded for the Leonard Cohen tribute album I'm Your Fan: The Songs of Leonard Cohen By.... Cohen had written both versions of the song.9
What is the instrument at the start of "Lover You Should Have Come Over"?
The instrument in the introduction is a harmonium.
Why is "Corpus Christi Carol" included on Grace?
Jeff included this cover of the Benjamin Britten piece as a gift to his high school friend Roy Rollo from Long Beach, California. Roy had introduced Jeff to the work of the composer.9
What is "Eternal Life" about?
"Eternal Life" was inspired by anger over "the man that shot Martin Luther King, World War II, slaughter in Guyana and the Manson murders."2
Why weren't lyrics included with the Grace release?
May fans have pondered this very question. From the man himself:15"... one, is that in my esteem it didn't really look all that good on paper and I was a bit self-conscious about it. Second reason is sometimes it's better just to, just to garner your own interpretations of the song. You know, just to get your own picture of it and to have it happen to you as much as possible rather than having a blueprint to go by."
Who is the "Dream Brother"?
The dream brother that Jeff penned the song for was long-time friend Chris Dowd, formerly of Fishbone, currently leader of The Seedy Arkhestra. Jeff and Chris had been friends from the time Jeff had lived in Los Angeles.
What is the significance of the clocks and keys on the cover and booklet of Grace?
From questions submitted to Mary Guibert from the original Jeff Buckley mailing list:
Who is King Buzzo, that JB includes in the Thanks?
King Buzzo is a member of the Melvins, whom Jeff had befriended. The Melvins had been in Bearsville, New York at the time of the Grace sessions.
Awards and Sales of Grace
On April 13th, 1995, Grace was awarded France's prestigious Grand Prix International Du Disque - Academie Charles CROS - 1995. Previous winners of this award include Edith Piaf, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Joni Mitchell.
Who is "P" that Jeff Thanks?
"P" is Pete Moore, Rebecca Moore's father. Sadly, Mr. Moore died during the recording of Grace .
6 Schruers, Fred. "River's Edge." Rolling Stone, August 7, 1997, Issue 766, Page 24
7 Irvin, Jim. "It's Never Over." Mojo, August 1997, Issue 45, Pages 32-38
8 Harris, Steve. Rockin' On (Japanese magazine), November 4, 1994
9 OOR (Dutch magazine)
2 Diehl, Matt. "The Son Also Rises: Fighting the Hype and Weight of His Father's Legend." Rolling Stone, October 20, 1994, Issue 693, Page 69
15 Channel 1, UK. Interview, early 1995.
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