Video: JiHAE Performs Hallelujah In Tribute To Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen was my biggest inspiration and a guiding hero in my journey as a singer/songwriter. I discovered him when I heard Nina Simone’s haunting version of ‘Suzanne.’ I recall the very moment I heard ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ at a friend’s place in Soho. Listening to that song was like diving into a sad novel, with its rich tale of love, friendship and betrayal. There are times all of us realize that the world is not a fair place and we begin to see through all the lies and deceit around us. Listening to ‘Everybody Knows,’ shook my world and blew my mind like no other song. I celebrate Leonard Cohen for the gifts of all of his songs and for the way he graciously encouraged me as a songwriter. I’m grateful that he left treasures behind to move and shake many more generations of songwriters to come.

— JiHAE

JiHAE – Hallelujah (by Leonard Cohen)

Ongoing readers may recall that JiHAE has been featured in previous Cohencentric posts:

In addition to being a singer-songwriter and multimedia artist, JiHAE is an actor, currently starring in “Mars,” the National Geographic docu-drama produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. She plays twin sisters, Hana Seung, a pilot turned Commander, and Joon Seung, Secretary General of IMSF (NASA of the future).

Leonard Cohen: “No alibi … You have to stand up and say Hallelujah”

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I wanted to write something in the tradition of the hallelujah choruses but from a different point of view. I think the other song that is closely related to that is ‘Anthem.’ It’s the notion that there is no perfection–that this is a broken world and we live with broken hearts and broken lives but still that is no alibi for anything. On the contrary, you have to stand up and say hallelujah under those circumstances.quotedown2

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From “Robert Hilburn Interviews Leonard Cohen” by Robert Hilburn (Los Angeles Times, September 24, 1995)

Note: Originally posted November 8, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Hits Billboard Hot 100 & Hot Rock Songs Charts For First Time

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Now I bid you farewell, I don’t know when I’ll be back
There moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track
But you’ll be hearing from me baby, long after I’m gone
I’ll be speaking to you sweetly
From a window in the Tower of Song

These lyrics from Leonard Cohen’s “Tower Of Song” have become manifest as fans stream and download his best known song, “Hallelujah,” in record numbers following the icon’s death. Now, “Hallelujah” has reached Billboard‘s Hot 100 and Hot Rock Songs chart for the first time – 32 years after its release on the 1984 Various Positions album.

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“He imparted so much wisdom. He was a translator between the gods and humans.” kd lang on singing for Leonard Cohen

kilIn 2006, kd lang performed  Hallelujah at Leonard Cohen’s induction into Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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There’s something about the lyrics that transport you into a more meditative state. To me it’s [about] the struggle between having human desire and searching for spiritual wisdom. It’s being caught between those two placesquotedown2

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From ‘I was excruciatingly nervous’: k.d. lang on singing ‘Hallelujah’ for Leonard Cohen by David Friend (CTV News: November 12, 2016)

More information about kd lang & Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah at KD Lang’s Cover Of “Hallelujah” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox