Random Wax: Anna Marketti - Jeff Buckley 'Grace'


June 10th, 2016 by bsradmin

We like to listen to vinyl on Fridays here at BSHQ. Every Friday we have a Bloodshot crew member randomly select a record from his/her personal collection and bring it to the office. The person has to explain why the album is on his/her shelves, and then we listen to it. We call this Random Wax.  

Today's contestant is new Bloodshot intern Anna Marketti! She randomly selected Grace by Jeff Buckley from 1994. Here's her explanation on why it's in her collection: 

"My dad has played the bass since long before I was born. When I was younger, I used to happily perch on my parents' bed and watch him practice, enjoying the resonant thrums and vibrations the instrument sent through the mattress, up my toes, out to each fingertip as I nodded along. I was entranced by the movement of his fingers, the way they flickered across the metal and nylon strings. It's no surprise this evolved into an infatuation of complicated guitar work. Under the guidance of my parents, I delved into the greats from their time: Simon and Garfunkel, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, The Who. But there was one who I was drawn to more than the others, for the way his voice seemed to dance with the guitar lines he was plucking: Jeff Buckley. Throw in his three years late admittance to the 27 club for a taste of tragedy, and his character symbolized everything I knew about rock and roll as a pre-teen. I got Grace when I worked at Barnes and Noble last summer, shortly after they began carrying vinyl. At that point in my life, I'd been striving to become my own character, specifically one with a place in the music world, and Grace just felt like the most appropriate foray into this. It repaid my musical upbringing, and it established a "staple" in my then fledgling record collection. Besides, who doesn't cry when his voice cracks and wavers on 'Hallelujah?'"

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