Saturday, March 22, 2008

The minor fall and the major lift

This very interesting article (reprinted in does two things: it (1) chronicles the various incarnations of Leonard Cohen's majestic "Hallelujah" over the years, and in so doing, it (2) proves that the internet is pretty awesome. Pretty VERY awesome. While this article focuses on just a few versions of "Hallelujah" (Cohen's original record, Jeff Buckley's more well-known version, and John Cale's interpretation), it acknowledges--and a quick search on iTunes will confirm--that there are literally dozens and dozens of cover versions of "Hallelujah" out there. And as proof of just how good a song it is, a disproportionate number of these other versions are actually pretty good.

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