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Watch “Damien Rice – Hallelujah” on YouTube

Source: Watch “Damien Rice – Hallelujah” on YouTube

When I taught, I often played music when I arrived at school and left it on until we were ready to begin the day. It gave students insight into me as a person. Hallelujah is one of my favourite songs and I shared it with them in various forms.

Today, when George posted this version, I thought of the two versions I shared with my students. Granted, I have not heard a version I do not like. It may be it is because I have been a Leonard Cohen fan since the late 1960’s and he wrote the song.

Here is his version:

Kathy and I have seen k.d. lang in concert several times and her version, which she performs about half-way through the set, is spine tingling.

I first saw k.d. many years ago when she performed as part of The Reclines, which performed “punk country” and was a Patsy Cline tribute band. When I hear her sing Crying with Roy Orbison I cannot distinguish their voices.

In the introduction to the song, which she sang at the Vancouver Olympics in 2010, the announcer referred to it as “a song of peace.” This is her version, which is the one many people think of when they hear the song.

 

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

22 responses »

  1. She sings my favorite version as well. A truly incredible voice!

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  2. Thank you. Very nice piece of music.

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  3. When I heard her sing it at the Olympics I thought it was the best version I’d ever heard — and I’ve continued to feel that way– though the more recent Pentatonix version is mighty nice too.

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  4. I must admit that after Leonard Cohen the version I know best is by Jeff Buckley though I remember a nice version by the wonderful Eva Cassidy too.
    Hugs

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  5. Reblogged this on New Bloggy Cat and commented:
    Purrrrraise the Lord!└(=^・ェ・^=)┘

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  6. I love the music of Leonard Cohen. His last CD “You want it darker” is a masterpiece.

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  7. Someone posted this version of Hallelujah on Facebook and I thought you might like this addition: https://youtu.be/RLd9PcZW5PQ Quite a 17 yr old!

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