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DVD Review: Tim Buckley's "My Fleeting House"

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The new Tim Buckley DVD, “My Fleeting House” is a collection of classic, full-length performances, rare clips, and interviews. It has eleven songs with footage spanning the length of his career, from 1967-1974. It includes previously unreleased video of Buckley on The Steve Allen Show, The Monkees’ and WITF’s The Show. It features interviews with Buckley’s co-writer Larry Beckett, guitarist Lee Underwood, and the author of “Dream Brother: The Lives and Music of Jeff and Tim Buckley”, David Browne.

But that’s not why I wanted to watch it.

Selfishly, I wanted to watch it so that I could learn more about his son, Jeff.

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I’m a huge Jeff Buckley fan, and anything that might give me further insight into the short, tragic, but brilliantly bright life of Jeff’s is something I wanted to see.

So I watched it. All of it.

And immediately, the first thoughts I had when watching the dated video clips of Tim performing, reminded me of an excerpt from David Browne’s book where he describes a 25 year old Jeff arriving to sing at a 1991 tribute to his father:

“Standing near the elevated stage that had been erected in front of the altar, Willner had no idea what Tim Buckley’s son looked like, but he stopped wondering when in walked a kid with long, lanky hair, and an earring in his left ear. It was, Willner recalls, “the kind of thing you see in your life only a few times.” The sight was so spiritual that he expected to hear the sound of a heavenly choir---“aahhhhhh!”---accompanying the sight. “You must be Jeff,” he said….”

New York producer, Willner, was referring to the uncanny resemblance between father and son, and watching the clips of Tim performing, I could completely understand Willner’s surreal experience seeing Jeff for the first time.