Just Because…

So a few weeks back I found out that Leonard Cohen wrote one of my favorite songs ever (“Hallelujah”) so now I’m a “fan”…

Well, it’s not Friday…

Well, nothing of notice has happened….

Well,I don’t have a whole lot of “why”…

So I guess it is “just because”…

Besides, I like birds ;-)

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10 Responses to Just Because…

  1. Larry Ledwick says:

    I had never heard that song before. For some reason it got me thinking of this:

    ‘Lullaby’ ~ Loreena McKennitt

    Loreena McKennit – Dante’s Prayer

  2. Larry Ledwick says:

    Loreena McKennitt – Caravanserai

    Something about Loreena’s voice I find simply enchanting. When of a troubled mind, her music is perfect to immerse yourself in to fall asleep far away from early cares.

  3. Mike b says:

    Russian version!

  4. ($!Salty246135!$) says:

    In all my many years of listening to music, reading poetry, studying philosophy, and observing life, this song seems to best sum up life.

  5. Ron Clutz says:

    I’m a fan of fellow Montrealer Leonard Cohen. One of my favorites is “Everybody Knows”

  6. Bill in Oz says:

    Leonard Cohen was a poet as well as a song writer.
    So I sort of object to taking his song
    And making it into a Christian religious tract.
    Performed by kids
    On some TV competition.

  7. beththeserf says:

    Leonard Cohen ,’Dance Me to the End of Love,’… affirmation with undertones, oh my!
    https://beththeserf.wordpress.com/2018/09/16/53th-edition-serf-under_ground-journal/

  8. E.M.Smith says:

    @Bill in Oz:

    Can’t it just be pretty to hear children singing?…. It’s a talent show, and they’ve got talent.

  9. YMMV says:

    Bill in Oz: “So I sort of object to taking his song And making it into a Christian religious tract.”

    Interesting. The kids do a nice job of it. I didn’t like the shots of the judges or the audience, but that’s TV for you, even in Russia.

    I’m not sure how many people who like this song have actually listened carefully to the words.
    So I do not know how to take the “($!Salty246135!$)” comment.

    The Russian version of Hallelujah has totally different words. There are comments to the YouTube video about this.
    “amazing lyrics unlike the American hollywood wizardry spell casting version”
    “The original has such hateful and ugly lyrics that is unsufferable. This version is just beautiful and full of love”

    I get the point about making it into a religious tract, although it’s not explicitly Christian.
    But I do like Leonard Cohen’s lyrics better. Some bits…

    verse 2:
    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 and she cut your hair
    And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah

    from verse 3:
    Love is not a victory march
    It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

    verse 6:
    Maybe there’s a God above
    But all I’ve ever learned from love
    Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
    And it’s not a cry that you hear at night
    It’s not somebody who’s seen the light
    It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah

    verse 7:
    I did my best, it wasn’t much
    I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
    I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
    And even though it all went wrong
    I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
    With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

    Hateful and ugly? I don’t think so. Human. In a good way.

  10. YMMV says:

    I commented on Leonard Cohen’s early life before. The life with his first long-term partner in Greece. Greece before tourists. A Greek island with a half dozen or so ex-pats living the progressive life. This is Marianne’s story, Marianne’s side of the story.
    https://chiefio.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/why-i-love-youtube-even-if-it-is-fxxx-up-on-conservatives/#comment-113680

    Leonard Cohen was a lady’s man, he didn’t deny that. Maybe that automatically made him a jerk?
    There is a new documentary movie, and this review of it makes it look like a hit piece on Cohen. The movie may not be, but the review certainly is.
    With what I read in the “So Long Marianne” book mentioned above, it does not jibe.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/07/documentary-marianne-and-leonard-words-of-love/
    “Leonard Cohen, the Male Feminist Who Mistreated Women”
    which reviews
    “Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love” by Nick Broomfield.
    https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9358196/
    which I have not seen.

    There is another book I have my eye on. It’s 600 pages, but now I’m in so deep I have to do it.
    “Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen: Interviews and Encounters” by Jeff Burger
    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18444369-leonard-cohen-on-leonard-cohen

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