Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Covered In English And Spanish At Hand In Hand Telethon By Luis Fonsi & Tori Kelly

“Highlight Of The Evening”

Luis Fonsi, the singer-songwriter responsible for the global hit “Despacito,” joined Tori Kelly at the Sept 12, 2017 Hand In Hand telethon, a star-studded affair that raised more than $40 million dollars in hurricane relief, for a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Here’s the report from They Sang ‘Hallelujah’ At Yesterday’s Telethon. By The Time They Finished? Not A Dry Eye In The Room (Society of Rock: Sept 13, 2017):

The highlight of the evening came after the event’s “Hand in Hand” prayer when Kelly, 24, took the stage and launched into a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” before being joined by Fonsi for the second verse, done entirely in Spanish; the pair made for quite the vocal powerhouse, quickly reminding viewers in the audience and at home why they’re widely regarded as two of the biggest global talents to emerge over the last two decades. By the time the final note rang out following a explosive vocal showcase from both Kelly and Fonsi, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house and for good reason: during one of the most traumatic and fiercely divided times in our nation’s history, “Hallelujah” was exactly what everyone needed.

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

Leonard Cohen Concert Video: Sharon Robinson Performs Alexandra Leaving – New Orleans 2013

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[Sharon Robinson’s] rendition of Alexandra Leaving is the epitome of style and dignity. Her voice is incredible and she holds the crowds rapt. I can’t find words to signify just how intense it was.quotedown2

 

This description, found at From All Your Children Here – Leonard Cohen in Lucca, was written by Jonnie Falafel, who also has good things to say about Mr Cohen in this review of the July 9, 2013 Lucca concert. Posted July 10, 2013 at Breakfast In Tuscany.

I cannot locate a high quality video of Sharon Robinson’s Lucca performance of  Alexandra Leaving, so I am posting instead her March 28, 2013. rendition of that song at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, New Orleans.

Sharon Robinson – Alexandra Leaving
Mahalia Jackson Theater, New Orleans: March 28, 2013
Video by Wirebirds

Quality Video: Leonard Cohen’s Haunting Performance Of Chelsea Hotel #2 – Sydney 2013

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And that was called love for the workers in song
Probably still is for those of them left

Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel #2
Sydney: Nov 16, 2013
Video by alanm5049

Note: Originally posted Nov 22, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Darkness (With Chanting) – Ljubljana 2013

Featuring Mitch Watkins & Neil Larsen

I caught the darkness
It was drinking from your cup
I caught the darkness
Drinking from your cup
I said is this contagious?
You said just drink it up

Leonard Cohen – The Darkness
Ljubljana: July 26, 2013
Video by sotelonij

Note: Originally posted Jul 27, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Dance Me To The End Of Love – Zurich 2013

dancezuricjDance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Zurich: August 24, 2013
Video: albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Aug 26, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Quotes Woody Allen & Performs A Singer Must Die – Boston 1993

Your vision is right, my vision is wrong
I’m sorry for smudging the air with my song

Leonard Cohen – A Singer Must Die
Boston: July 16, 1993
Video from messalina79

Note: Originally posted January 31, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: 2001 Leonard Cohen Interview By Stina Dabrowski Online

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Interview – Stina Dabrowski interviews Leonard Cohen in Paris in 2001. Video also contains interview sections made at Mt. Baldy Zen Center in 1997. Includes recitations of “The Correct Attitude” and “Sorrows of the Elderly” and “Because Of.” Aired on the Biography Channel in the UK in 2002.

A complete transcript of the “Stina Om Leonard Cohen” interview is available at Stina Om Leonard Cohen – 2001

 

Credit Due Department: I was alerted to this outstanding video by Linda Sturgess

Note: Originally posted Apr 24, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric