Friday, April 11, 2014

HALLELUJAH: not just a song anymore - UPDATE

Father Ray Kelly of Meathe has taken the internet by storm, and captured the essence of this amazing song like no other before:

Irish priest astounds at wedding with incredible rendition of 'Hallelujah'

Ashley Fetters, writing for The Atlantic (12/04/2012), presents a fascinating account of Alan Light's new book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah": A new book traces the the song's strange rise to pop-cultural ubiquity.

You may still prefer the Leonard Cohen original, or some of the others along the way that are chronicled below with videos. I didn't like Jeff Buckley's until I listened a second time--am fascinated with his teeth!--and I really liked Alexandra Burke's "X Factor" version. But Father Kelly proves Cohen's companion/collaborator Anjani Thomas wrong when she said, after hearing k.d. lang perform 'Hallelujah' at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006: "I think we can lay that song to rest now! It's really been done to its ultimate, blissful state of perfection."

You be the judge:

How Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' Became Everybody's 'Hallelujah'


New from THE JEWISH STANDARD [We are the oldest independent weekly Jewish newspaper in New Jersey. Based in Teaneck, we cover Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic counties and beyond.]
You probably wouldn't believe us if we told you the IDF produced the best version of Leonard Cohen's Halleluja ever. So here it is. You be the judge.

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