Matty Clyde, 1968-2008.

Posted on April 28, 2008
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Matty and I both met Jeff Buckley at the Coogee Bay hotel back in the summer of 1995. Jeff Buckley was everybody’s hero at the time. A talent that held our beating hearts in his hands, a voice that was the soundtrack to a world beyond understanding, filled with beauty and pain, loss and plenty, whose outrageous quicksilver purity was beyond the earth, alien to the ordinary concerns of rent, bills and weekdays. Taken from us before he even finished his second album he was a flash of beauty that left us wondering how a man, with so much to give, could be gone so soon. And so it is with Matty. Taken from us in his fortieth year. A man deeply loved, so highly respected and so necessary. A thinker who gave himself to life knowing in the truest sense that the more you give, the more you receive. I loved him because I knew that he was gold, a man that lived  at the highest possible level, filled with grace, wisdom and compassion. I struggle to understand a world in which this could happen. Yet just as Jeff Buckley’s music gives us insight into such mysteries, the way in which Matty lived his life also teaches us how to understand such things. The grace and strength of his passing, was an emphatic illustration of his qualities and his acceptance of life in all of its infinite variety, which lies at the heart of true love. Perhaps thats why, on that night when we did meet Jeff and the rest of us were fawning at his feet, he took to Matty, who treated him exactly the same way he treated everybody; as a human.

One of Matty’s favorite songs was Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and perhaps his favorite version was Jeff Buckley’s. So I’ve put it up here today, a live version perhaps even from the same tour we saw back then, when we were younger and the world was stretched out in front of us like a carpet.

I’ll miss you Matty. You were a golden child.


2 Responses to “Matty Clyde, 1968-2008.”

  1. tim hall on April 29th, 2008 2:38 pm

    rest in peace Matty.
    my love is with you.

  2. Javier on July 29th, 2014 12:41 am

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