Monday, November 14, 2016

Music Monday - Hallelujah

Before I start Music Monday, a picture of the Super Moon rising over Johnson City, New York last night. I had to crop it because of a streetlight, but I loved the effect of the tree I took the picture through.

Can a moon pay tribute to another famous singer/songwriter gone from our world?  What a year 2016 has been.  So many musicians now gone, but not forgotten.

(Leon Russell died yesterday, and I will pay tribute to him next week.)

Years ago, when my son was not quite grown, I bought the DVD of the movie Shrek to watch with him.  There were some nice covers in the movie, but one song (as they say in American slang) "blew me away."  It was this song.

I listened to it and thought: "That is the most amazing and beautiful song I have ever heard".

The man who wrote this song, Leonard Cohen, died last week at the age of 82.  Some feel he should have won the Nobel Prize for literature for his lyrics and not Bob Dylan.

This is Leonard Cohen singing his own song.

Except for Hallelujah and Bird on a Wire, I was not that familiar with Cohen's songs.  I want to make up for lost time now.

Here are several other Leonard Cohen songs. 

 "Famous Blue Raincoat".  Like most all his songs, the lyrics are melancholy and just stick with you.

Bird on the Wire, country tinged and with amazing lyrics.

Finally, I'm Your Man.

RIP to still another great musician gone.  If you are interested in investigating Leonard Cohen further, this is a good starting point.

Day 13 of NaBloPoMo.


  1. Nice shot of the moon. Mine all have too much 'moonglow'. One of my yoga buddies said she heard strains of 'Hallelujah' in the music played at our class on Saturday. I must have been too into my practice to notice. Nice tribute.

  2. While they waited a few days to announce Leonard's death, they also delayed his burial. I will post my reaction (and I was a BIG fan- owning books of his poetry as well as his albums) on that date.
    Great post!

  3. I've been listening to many versions of "Hallelujah" over the past several days. I find it an oddly comforting song. It's hard to choose a favorite, but I really like Judy Collins' version, singing in her beautiful, clear voice.

  4. I also first discovered Hallelujah from Shrek! If that had been his only contribution, it would have been the song of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing these others.

  5. Yeah, that "Hallelujah" really gets to me every time.

  6. That is a nice shot of the moon, Alana. I tried to capture one too last night. (Will be sharing soon!) I love Leonard Cohen's songs. What a loss to the world of music though...that man in his inimitable style and those beautiful lyrics...there'll never be another with that magic and that charm the man brought into the songs! Hallelujah is iconic, truly!

  7. RIP Cohen. Thanks for sharing these..
    The Moon last night was gorgeous.

  8. Here in Bhubaneswar, India too the moon as gorgeous.. it was bigger and brighter.. :) loved the view..


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