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Baby I Love Your Way – Big Mountain

Baby I Love Your Way – Big Mountain

Some cover versions are exceptional. Take the Jeff Buckley version of “Hallelujah” originally written by Leonard Cohen. That version opened the Hallelujah floodgates and the 1980s song has become one of the most-recorded songs in recent history. Then there are awful cover versions. To my ears, “Baby I Love Your Way” by Big Mountain also sounded like fingernails on a chalkboard. Or cats screaming at night. Or the dental drill in the back of my mouth. … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1990s, Pop

Hallelujah Lyrics – Leonard Cohen

Hallelujah Lyrics – Leonard Cohen

Read about the amazing history of “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen “Hallelujah” lyrics Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord That David played, and it pleased the Lord But you don’t really care for music, do you? It goes like this The fourth, the fifth The minor fall, the major lift The baffled king composing Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Your faith was strong but you needed proof You saw her bathing on the roof Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you She tied you To a kitchen chair She broke your throne, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s

Hallelujah – Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris

Hallelujah – Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris

I watched segments of the “Hope for Haiti Now” telethon tonight. Frankly, some of the performances seemed a little too serious, a little too self absorbed. The cause is just. The need in Haiti is great. But sometimes celebrities take themselves way too seriously in their self-ascribed benevolence. Not so with Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris. Their performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” was striking on many levels. And that’s saying something. “Hallelujah” has been covered by many, … Read entire article »

Filed under: 2000s, Pop

Hallelujah – Leonard Cohen

Editor’s note: Another great posting from Matt Thurston who seems to always have a song stuck in his head. Leonard Cohen is not a one-hit wonder, but “Hallelujah” is arguably his greatest hit. While most songs burst into the world fully formed, some songs take years, or even multiple artistic interpretations, to really find its voice. Case in point: “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. With a few exceptions, Cohen’s 40+ year, hall-of-fame career can be broken into roughly two periods: his early, largely folkie period, characterized by acoustic guitars and a high baritone voice; and his later, largely electronic period, characterized by synthesizers, backing female vocals, and a very deep bass voice. “Hallelujah” appeared on Cohen’s Various Positions album in 1984, an album that more or less straddles the line between his folkie and electronic … Read entire article »

Filed under: 1980s, 1990s, Pop