Prince of Asturias Music School Students Return To School, Record Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Throughout Oviedo

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From Leonard Cohen Sounds Again In Oviedo (La Nueva España: 13 September 2016) via Google Translate:

On the occasion of the return to the classroom that takes place these days, Prince of Asturias Foundation has shared a video with the interpretation that young students from the International School of Music Foundation have made this summer Hallelujah,” a song by Leonard Cohen, awarded in the category of Literature in 2011.

View video at

Prince of Asturias Foundation Music School Students
Perform Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

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Also see University of Oviedo creates Leonard Cohen Chair, funded by the artist as “thank you” to Asturias

Credit Due Department: Thanks to CHEMA of Barcelona, who alerted me to this video.

Moldovan Independence Day Celebrated With Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

moldovaLeonard Cohen’s Hallelujah has appeared in multiple movies and TV shows, tributes, memorials, award programs, sports events, cultural festivals, and religious convocations. It has been used as a theme song at the founding convention of a Polish political party. I have not, however, discovered Hallelujah used to celebrate a national Independence Day.1 Until now.

Laurence of Paris sends word that the Presidential Orchestra of the Republic of Moldova performed Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah on August 27, 2016 in honor of that country’s 25th Independence Day.

Note: The performance of Hallelujah takes place during the first portion of the video, but feel free to hang around for the fireworks at the end.

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  1. In considering the Easter and Christmas adaptations of Cohen’s lyrics, I did offer the Cohencentric 4th Of July Hallelujah. []

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” Kanye West’s “The Life Of Pablo” & Continuing Creativity

kanyelcIn Kanye West, Leonard Cohen And Death Of The Creative Full Stop (Music Industry Blog: August 16, 2016), Mark Mulligan examines Kanye West’s “The Life Of Pablo” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”1 as exemplars of musical works that have become richer and more powerful by continuing to evolve long after the initial release, escaping what the author terms “the straight jacket [sic] of the album, turning everything into a creative full stop.”

The minor flaw (of a typo or two) and the major lift (from Gladwell’s podcast) notwithstanding, the premise is intriguing and the piece well worth reading. The full article can be found at Kanye West, Leonard Cohen And Death Of The Creative Full Stop

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  1. The piece relies heavily on Malcolm Gladwell’s account of “Hallelujah’s” history from his podcast, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah “is so not Picasso; it is Cezanne” – Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History []

Video: Watch Eric Church Cover Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah – Red Rocks: Aug 9, 2016

Eric_Church_2012_CroppedEric Church, country music singer-songwriter, overwhelmed his Aug 9, 2016 Red Rocks audience with an unanticipated cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Church told his fans, “I’m gonna try something here. This could go bad… [Hallelujah was] something I put on my crew about an hour ago” before performing the song accompanying himself on guitar.

Church also described his special connection with the song and the venue:

Last time I was here — this is a true story — I played here, and we were leaving, and I was playing some music in my headphones and I was leaving here, and we pulled out, and the light was still on the rocks, like it is right now, and this song was playing in my headphones.

Eric Church – Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
Red Rocks: Aug 9, 2016

 

Credit Due Department: Photo by Townsquare Media – File:Eric Church 2012.jpg (cropped)Flickr, CC BY 2.0,via Wikipedia

Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah “is so not Picasso; it is Cezanne” – Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History

600px-MalcolmgladwellMalcolm Gladwell’s podcast, Revisionist History: Episode 07 Hallelujah, focuses on different kinds of genius and different paths to creativity. While the official blurb (shown at the end of this post) doesn’t indicate it, the prime example (starting at about the 18 min mark) is the evolution of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. I highly recommend reading, in conjunction with this podcast, How Genius Happens: The untold story of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Josh McNall (joshuamcnall.com: Aug 2, 2016)

From Revisionist History: Episode 07 Hallelujah

In 1984, Elvis Costello released what he would say later was his worst record: Goodbye Cruel World. Among the most discordant songs on the album was the forgettable “The Deportees Club.” But then, years later, Costello went back and re-recorded it as “Deportee,” and today it stands as one of his most sublime achievements.

“Hallelujah” is about the role that time and iteration play in the production of genius, and how some of the most memorable works of art had modest and undistinguished births.

Credit Due Department: Photo by Kris Krüg – Flickr, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia