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Friday, May 26

"I heard there was a secret chord..."


I can now say that thanks to Dodge, I've listened to nearly every version ever of the song Hallelujah. Is it the best song ever? I think it probably is. It's the most moving, emotional, beautiful song ever written. Of course, Leornard Cohen wrote the song, but really it never realized its full potential till Jeff Buckley sang those first words.

What's interesting about the covers, is that all of them (besides Bob Dylan's, who features Cohen, and a couple others) are actually covering Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah. It's the definitive version, there's no question. One of my favorites in the group is from an artist named Elisa. Her voice is perfect for the song and she adds a very poignant church organ to the song. Kathryn Williams does a similar take where she adds a fitting cello in the background. The best piano version of the song isn't Rufus Wainwright's, as some of you may believe. It's from an arist named Lucky Jim.

Before you go download those songs at MOKB, watch this youtube video of Jeff Buckley playing Hallelujah on a French Television station. It's stunning.

posted by Taylor, 5/26/2006 12:21:00 PM | link 4 comments

4 Comments:

That song reminds me of the movie "The Edukators" and many others...
Actually, all the covers- including Buckley- are covering John Cale's version. Give credit where credit is due.
commented by Anonymous CaptainWierd, 5/26/2006 06:11:00 PM  
thanks for the heads up! great to hear so many versions of a classic song.
Captainwierd is right.
John Cale's version appeared on "I'm Your Fan"(Tribute To Leonard Cohen) 1991.

JB's version is the best cover ever of that song.
commented by Anonymous CoolHans, 6/13/2006 05:29:00 PM  

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