David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines
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I am a very bad person; also, "Hallelujah"

I realized today that someone should really make a hentai vid to the Beatles' "Octopus's Garden."

It is entirely possible that I am going to hell.

To redeem myself, I point you to this: a ton of covers of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". I don't know that I've ever mentioned this, but "Hallelujah" is probably my favorite song, and it has been since long before that Jeff Buckley whippersnapper came along. I remember hearing the Buckley track and thinking, "Oh, so he transposed John Cale's [terrific] piano arrangement to guitar? That's cool. Nice voice." And then all the kids started going nuts for Buckley.

My favorite version of the song is the one that Cohen himself released on his live album. I remember when I bought the album, years and years ago, and cued up that track just to find out a bit of what it sounded like. I couldn't shut it off.

Of course, if memory serves, Jennifer Warnes was on the road with him and singing back-up. This does not ever hurt. (If you like Cohen, and you do not have Warnes's FAMOUS BLUE RAINCOAT, a tribute album in which she records a bunch of his songs, get thee to the record store. It's gorgeous, and Cohen returns her frequent favor by singing back-up on one track.)

(OBTW: I have contrived to completely forget where I found this link. ...on somebody's LJ? I think they commented in a post, and I followed it to their LJ? And I bookmarked this link, but not the linking page. So if you posted this recently, thanks a *ton,* mysterious person.)
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