Saturday, April 27, 2013

On Leonard Cohen's song 'Hallelujah"

This a lovely post about Leonard Cohen's song "Hallelujah," which reached greater heights upon the release of Jeff Buckley's cover of it.

An excerpt.


"Transcendence is a strange thing, and even something as earthy as physical love can be the conduit for it. You can listen to the Leonard Cohen version of “Hallelujah” ten million times without getting half the buzz off it that the first ten seconds of the Jeff Buckley version gave me. And of course my opinion is not universally held. There are plenty of people who think that Leonard Cohen did it right and Jeff Buckley messed it up. But when I read about the song’s history, what had happened to it over time, I couldn’t help but think that somehow even though he was writing about orgasms, Jeff Buckley got at something more emotional and more fundamental than Cohen had been able to."

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