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The Fans

The Last Concert

by Cydney

I was in my teens, which is probably why I still remember it. He was here in Dallas, with an audience full of seasoned Buckley fans, that was very obvious by the reception and quiet attention he received.

He was up, he appeared happy, and a bit overwhelmed by the reception he received (many musicians claim they hate playing here, people are often rude... not that night!) but this was 1975, and Dallas was as trendy and *new* as any other city at that time.

I would have not believed he was in emotional pain had I known. He was sexy as hell, lean and beautiful. On the FM *heavy* stations here Get On Top and Sweet Surrender were huge, and Get On Top received ear-splitting reception on the opening notes...

The next evening, (I think) the guy who had taken me to the concert called and when I said "Hello" the first words out of his mouth were "Buckley's dead." I thought there had been a plane crash.

He was so special.

I was destroyed. Wished I could turn the clock back to the day before...


My only regret is that we're all here reading this. I would much prefer a pile of albums and CDs recorded by Tim, over the past three decades, to this... 

I read Judy Buckley's memoirs of her husband a few weeks ago.

I am most grateful for them, as I am assured he also had much joy in his life...

As I've grown older, I've begun to see a pattern to things... I honestly believe Tim was here for his last go-round on this planet; he wasn't here long, his departure was sudden, and what he left behind was more than substantial. His pain was on the surface.

And then his son... 


"The world breaks everyone, and afterward many are strong in the broken places.  

But those that will not break, it kills. It kills the very good, and the very gentle, and the very brave, impartially. 

If you are none of these things, you can be sure it will kill you too, but there will be no special hurry."

(Ernest Hemingway, 1929) 

Cydney is an artist who makes her home in Dallas, Texas.
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