FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS‘ Today’s memory
In memoriam: Leonard Cohen
21 September 1934 – November 2016
Originally shared by FRIDAY NIGHT SESSIONS
From the FNS Newsroom…
The great Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82. While he’s definitely not in the category of „gone too soon”, his contributions to our world will definitely be missed.
By far, his most famous work is below. He said, „Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means ‘Glory to the Lord.’ The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. I say: All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value. It’s a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion.”
Jeff Buckley’s rendition is perhaps the most well known (of MANY versions), and you can sometimes her it churches being played by organists and bell choirs. Musically, it fits, but the lyrics, although filled with religious imagery (especially the title), are rarely appropriate in this setting, since it is definitely not a worship song… though the lyrics have been known to have been changed to force the fit.
Leonard has many more songs out there than this one. If you have time, load up YT or GoogleMusic and enjoy his unique imagery and perspective and you too will understand why he’ll sorely missed and never forgotten. He was one of the true „greats”.