SNL Opening Features Kate McKinnon As Hillary Clinton Performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”


The November 12, 2016 Saturday Night Live program opened with a tribute to the late Leonard Cohen and a commentary on the presidential election. Kate McKinnon again portrayed Hillary Clinton, but this time performed not a comedy routine but a serious cover of Cohen’s classic, Hallelujah.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Harold Lepidus, who alerted me to this video

Video Clip: Fans Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah At Parc Du Portugal

Tous pour Léonard. ❤️✌️️ #leonardcohen #ripleonardcohen #rip #remember #hallelujah #mtlmoments

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Parc Du Portugal, a small park between Marie-Anne and tiny Vallières Street just east of St-Laurent Blvd, directly faces the house Leonard Cohen has owned for years where he lived and his family stayed when they were in Montreal.

Rufus Wainwright credits Leonard Cohen with providing him “a kind yet brutally strong nudge toward where I really ought to be heading”



Tweeted by Rufus Wainwright Nov 11, 2016

I had very few deeply personal experiences with Leonard, enough to count on one and a half hands…Like for most of us, for me he dwelled in a higher strata inhabited by some living but mostly passed icons who seemed to have this direct line to the galaxy, whilst at the same time knowing exactly when to take out the trash. But fortunately, I now covet these few personal moments…And credit them with grabbing hold and shifting the direction of the restless life my life has always taken. It was never a fundamental shift, just a kind yet brutally strong nudge toward where I really ought to be heading…Farewell Leonard, we need you now up there as much as we do down here.quotedown2

Rufus Wainwright

And He Covers Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Performing in Mesa, AZ, Rufus Wainwright explained that his vow to abstain from singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah until Trump loses had been “trumped” by Leonard Cohen’s death.


Credit Due Department: Photo by Ben Coombs – Rufus Wainwright live At Rock Werchter, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons

Leonard Cohen On Conveying Irony In Songs Vs In Poems

Interviewer: It strikes me that there’s sometimes more irony in your songs than in your poems. I’m thinking of lines like ‘He was just some Joseph looking for a manger.’ The inflections in your singing voice convey a variety of different attitudes, and in some instances an attitude like irony comes through more clearly in the songs.

Yeah, I see what you mean. I think of Bob Dylan, who gets the inflections of street talk, the inflections of conversation, and does that with such mastery … where you can hear a little tough guy talking. You can hear somebody praying. You can hear somebody asking. You can hear somebody coming onto you. When you’re composing that material and you know that it’s going to occupy aural space, you can compose it with those inflections in mind. And of course it does invite irony because that irony can be conveyed with the voice alone whereas on the page you generally have to have a larger construction around the irony for it to come through. You can’t just write, ‘What’s it to ya? ‘ If you sing, ‘What’s it to ya?’ to some nice chords it really does sound like, ‘Well, what’s it to yah, baby?’ But,  just to see it written, it would need a location. quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen as interviewed by Robert Sward. Montreal: 1984. Found at LeonardCohenFiles

Rufus Wainwright ‏To Abstain From Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Until Trump Loses


Tweeted by Rufus Wainwright ‏ @ rufuswainwright

Update: See Rufus perform Hallelujah, explaining that his vow to abstain from singing that song until Trump loses had been “trumped” by Leonard Cohen’s death. Rufus Wainwright credits Leonard Cohen’s with providing him “a kind yet brutally strong nudge toward where I really ought to be heading”