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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KD rocks it!
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She sings my favorite version as well. A truly incredible voice!
She has a great voice. When I listen to her and Roy Orbison together, it is hard to tell them apart.
Thank you. Very nice piece of music.
You are welcome Michael. I am glad you enjoyed.
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.
I heard her on TV sing the at the Olympics. It was inspiring. Hearing her live, which I have twice, is even more incredible.
Oh, I can imagine how much more powerful it would be to see her in person! And twice! How lovely you got to do that.
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.
When I was looking for the k.d. lang and Leonard Cohen videos, I saw several others. I have heard Jeff Buckley and will track down the Eva Cassidy one. Hugs.
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I love the music of Leonard Cohen. His last CD “You want it darker” is a masterpiece.
I love his music from the beginning to the end. I think some of it is he was a poet first and became a singer so his lyrics resonate with me.
with me too.
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!
Thank you. I don’t think there is a poor version of this song.
Now that I have listened to it, as well, this is beautiful. There is a haunting sound to it, which seems appropriate.