Leonard Cohen – “Hallelujah”
Leonard Cohen has been writing for decades. He was born in 1934 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. His considerable gifts range from many published poems and books, a dozen albums, numerous college degrees, awards and documentaries.
“Hallelujah” was first released on Cohen’s studio album Various Positions in 1984 and the song has sold over 5 million copies. John Cale covered it in 1991 and Jeff Buckley recorded a cover which is incredibly haunting.
He released a new album this year, “Old Ideas”, which has been lauded as one of the year’s best by Rolling Stone and NPR.
Cohen became a major figure in the 60’s and 70’s. The songs were anthems, hymns, ancient in their concerns, modern in their outlook. Though not mainstream exactly, he was a genius we held in the highest esteem. I invite you to listen to as many of his songs as you can, and suggest you bring up Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah as well.