Music Monday: Songs you might want to hear – Jeff Healey

There is a radio show on CBC here in Canada that occasionally does a feature called SYNTH: Songs You Need To Hear.

Now, I can’t say to someone, “You’ll like this song” (or book for that matter) because I can’t presume that others will share my taste in music (or books), so it is safer to say, “You might like this” and if they don’t like it, so be it.

Maybe you will find a new favorite.

I caught the tail end of a documentary last week that featured Canadian guitarist/jazz band leader/trumpeter, Jeff Healey.

It’s been a long time since I have listened to his music, and his talent is still unmistakable.

He had some commercial success, his biggest hit (and my least favorite) with the ballad, Angel Eyes. He was also in the movie “Roadhouse” with Patrick Swayze.

Try to guess the influence.

Did you say, Stevie Ray Vaughn? I thought you might.

It takes guts to do any cover song. It takes a lot of guts to cover a Beatles song. Even gutsier, is pulling off that mullet . . .

That’s a better hairdo
Much better.

Sadly, Jeff passed away in 2008 from cancer.


Leon Stevens is a multi-genre author, composer, guitarist, songwriter, and an artist, with a Bachelor of Music and Education. He published his first book of poetry, Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures in January 2020, followed by a book of original classical guitar compositions, Journeys, and a short story collection of science fiction/post-apocalyptic tales called The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories. His newest publications are the novella, The View from Here, which is a continuation of one of his short stories, and a new collection of poetry titled, A Wonder of Words.

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6 thoughts on “Music Monday: Songs you might want to hear – Jeff Healey

  1. Jeff Healey was a talented guitarist and had a great blues voice. I’m assuming your second video is While My Guitar Gently Weeps – it isn’t available over here due to copyright. It was a superb cover version.

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  2. Pingback: Weekend Wrap-up April 9: NaPoWriMo Highlights | Lines by Leon

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