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summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 10:22 AM

K.D. LANG SINGS LEONARD COHEN'S HALLELUJAH

Gawd...what a fabulous performance! I was moved to tears by her performance, as well as the audience as witnessed at the end of the video. Six minutes in length, but trust me, you will not regret watching this video!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_NpxTWbovE

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.7 - Posts: 6057)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 10:41 AM

Thanks, Deedee!

Here's a link to her profile on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/K.d._lang

Although I've heard of her for a very long time, I hadn't really read much about her life.

Marilyn...

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 11:07 AM

Thanks Marilyn!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 11:16 AM

That was my favorite part of the opening ceremonies - loved her for years. We always go to see her when she comes here to the wonderful old Florida Theatre. http://www.floridatheatre.com/ You may know it from old newsreels.
http://www.elvispresleymusic.com.au/pictures/1956_florida_state_theater_august_10_11.html

Been way too long now since k.d.'s been here.

Thanks for the post.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 12:17 PM

Thanks Smoke! I bought K.D.'s first cd yeeeears ago but made the mistake of lending it out...never saw it again.
iTunes has the three different versions...all for $2.39. I also purchased the video and it is even better when viewed on a 22" monitor.

The first performance (view link) was part of the Juno Awards in Winnipeg in 2005.

The second version is K.D.'s performance on the UK BBC TV show Later - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTv9m8c6hnw

The third is K.D.'s memorable performance at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics (Not yet available)

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 12:22 PM

Oh...forgot to mention kd lang's performance at the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame induction of Leonard Cohen in 2006. Be sure to watch the entire performance; Leonard is in the audience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYiMJ2bC65A

sargon
Sargon  (Level: 112.0 - Posts: 1256)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 5:10 PM

Take a look at k.d. and Roy Orbison singing Crying

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-EiKPrAOHA



summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 6:06 PM

Thanks for posting this link! Did you know that K.D. Lang has exclusive rights to this song? Roy stated no one but K.D. could ever record/sing his song. Thanks again for sharing the link.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 6:54 PM

Well ... he may have said no one else SHOULD be allowed to sing it, but other people do. Carrie Underwood used it during her American Idol season and it's been used on the Canadian and Australian Idols, too.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 11:02 PM

Hmm....I guess I need to ask Barbara, his wife at the time of his untimely death, about this. She has full control of his estate..and perhaps there was a specific reason as to why she allowed Carrie Underwood to perform the song on AI. It is my understanding no one has recorded the song except for K.D. Lang.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 11:04 PM

Dunno about recording, but it sure has been sung.

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Wed, 17th Feb '10 11:20 PM

Somebody named Najwa Nimri recorded it, apparently recently, but I couldn't pin the date.

http://letras.terra.com.br/najwa-nimri/481001/

bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Thu, 18th Feb '10 11:27 AM

While I love the song and K.D. Lang's version of it, somehow it didn't seem appropriate for the opening ceremony.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 18th Feb '10 5:02 PM

Hi Bokeelia - Are you willing to elaborate? Deedee

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Thu, 18th Feb '10 5:45 PM


Thank you for the link, Summertime. Hallelujah! This is the second time I've been privileged enough to cry through this remarkably beautiful experience, and enjoy every second of it. Truly glorious!

diva305
Diva305  (Level: 146.7 - Posts: 1651)
Thu, 18th Feb '10 6:30 PM



Not a big fan of K.D., but love the song.

Don't believe K.D. Lang has exclusive rights to this song


American Idol contestant Jason Castro performed "Hallelujah" during the March 4, 2008 live television broadcast.

Hallelujah means Praise Jehovah



summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Thu, 18th Feb '10 10:51 PM

Very true...."Don't believe K.D. Lang has exclusive rights to this song". However, I was referring to Roy Orbison's song "Crying". Many have sang this song, in fact, I missed Jason Castro's performance, but will locate the video.

For sure there has been controversy over the lyrics and the frequency with which it is sung by various artists. But one thing for sure, Canadian native K.D. Lang performs and sings it like no one else can. I had posted earlier the link to Jon Bon Jovi singing "Hallelujah" unplugged; his rendition was quite moving as well but not to the extent of K.D.'s

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Summertime (Level: 44.1 - Posts: 827)Thu, 28th Jan '10 7:27 PM
ARE YOU A JON BON JOVI FAN?
If so and you have a few minutes...please watch this video. Jon is singing unplugged and hauntingly so. I sipped a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon while listening and watching...it's just that kind of song...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34nrWcUglVg




bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Fri, 19th Feb '10 11:25 AM

I just didn't think such a love song was appropriate at the opening ceremonies. The night was about sports and sport not the venue for a gut wrenching love song. Don't get me wrong, it's probably my favorite song, I even bought the Shrek CD just for the rendition on it. We've all heard it countless times as soundtrack on TV Dramas too. I understand the connection with Leonard Cohen being Canadian, but that doesn't seem to me to be enough of a reason to use it there.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Fri, 19th Feb '10 1:24 PM

Would certainly be interested in discovering which committee made the decision to use the song. Will do a little surfin' today to see if I can discover that information!

bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Fri, 19th Feb '10 1:45 PM

Being a winter olympics they could have updated Anne Murray's Snowbird (she carried in the flag). I guess we should be grateful they didn't.

salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Sat, 20th Feb '10 12:38 PM

I watched the videos and they are awesome. Never have been a fan of kd Lang's music, but I also haven't listened to her in years. I especially liked Crying with her and Roy Orbison. Beautiful.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Sat, 20th Feb '10 2:05 PM

Just what is this song about anyway?

The lyrics of Halleluja and the lyrical analysis....

The song is about love which has soured and gone stale. Cohen used a lot of religious imagery, including references to some of the more notorious women in the bible"You saw her bathing on the roof, her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you" - Bathsheba, who tempted the king to kill her husband so he could have her.

"She tied you to her kitchen chair, she broke your throne and she cut your hair" - Delilah, who cut off Sampson's locks that held his superhuman strength.

"But remember when I moved in you and the holy dove was moving too" - This could be a reference to the divine conception and Mary.

The lines referring to the immaculate conception can also be interpreted as having a sexual connotation: "And every breath we drew was hallelujah."

Cohen: "Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means 'Glory to the Lord.' The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. I say: All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value. It's a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion."

Regarding the line, "The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift," to which the chords played are: F - G - Am - F:
It is clever the way that not only the chords line up in the lyrics and in the music, but also because the connotations themselves of "major" and "minor" add to the meaning of the song. The "fourth" is a major chord based on the fourth of the key Buckley is playing in. Likewise the fifth is the major chord based on the fifth tone of the key. The "Minor Fall" corresponds to Buckley playing a minor chord based on the sixth of the key. "Major Lift" corresponds to playing the major chord on the fourth again

The Bible makes reference to King David communing with the Lord and learning that certain types of music were more pleasing. The chords mentioned in the lyrics (that "David played and it pleased the lord) are often used in hymns.

Leonard Cohen sang this to Bob Dylan after his last concert in Paris. The morning after, they sat down at a cafe and traded lyrics. Bob especially liked the last verse. Dylan himself has performed this live, and there are bootleg versions in circulation of his version of this song. Cohen started work on this song five years prior to recording it on his 1984 Various Positions album, by which time he had 80 verses to choose from.

And that's the truth!



salzypat
Salzypat  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 5316)
Sun, 21st Feb '10 12:34 AM

interesting! I'll have to learn to listen more closely to the lyrics.

bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Sun, 21st Feb '10 10:04 PM

great research on a great song. I've heard other verses surprised to fing out there are 80!

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Sun, 21st Feb '10 10:19 PM

Fascinating info, Summer - thanks so much for sharing!

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 22nd Feb '10 2:18 AM

Thank you ladies...feedback is really appreciated. I'm tell you true when I say I'm hooked/addicted/obsessed or any other term one could use to say....I CAN'T GET ENOUGH OF THE SONG AND/OR K D LANG'S PERFORMANCE VOCALS OF EMOTION AND PORTRAYAL OF ANGST. I particularly enjoyed learning of Cohen's take on the word Hallelujah, stating "Many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value. It's a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion."


clevercloggs
Clevercloggs  (Level: 27.4 - Posts: 1246)
Mon, 22nd Feb '10 6:29 AM

I've got a kind off "top 100 juke box" on Youtube. This is one of the first things i put on it, i've always thought this is the best version.

bokeelia
Bokeelia  (Level: 188.1 - Posts: 114)
Mon, 22nd Feb '10 12:45 PM

I first heard the song as part of a TV soundtrack (The West Wing)
Try this version

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2NEU6Xf7lM

smoke
Smoke  (Level: 96.7 - Posts: 12009)
Mon, 22nd Feb '10 1:28 PM

Also beautiful and stirring. That's the genius of the song - that the melody is so fluid and clean, any good singer can "make it their own".

Boy, sure would've been cool if Eva Cassidy had recorded it.

summertime
Summertime  (Level: 111.0 - Posts: 1122)
Mon, 22nd Feb '10 1:57 PM

I must admit Justin Timberlake's rendition during the televised Haiti Relief left a whole lot to be desired.
Did anyone else besides me miss the opening ceremony of the Olympics? This next link is k d's performance with a spectacular and stunning display of lights...watch at the end when her stage is encircled with images of doves flying up and around her. Truly a beautiful visual.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/assetid=49bc5f18-a712-4f1c-b71d-73c8debb9adb.html


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