Forget Your Perfect Offering: Kristen Wiig & James Corden Perform Hallelujah/Holly How Ya/Hello Julia – The Late Late Show 2017

On Dec. 6, 2017, Kristen Wiig joined James Corden to perform a malaprop-laden version of “Hallelujah” on The Late Late Show with James Corden.

Thanks to Duke of Derm, aka Russ Hall, who alerted me to this video.

“Just to say ‘Hallelujah’, to praise the energy that manifests, just to affirm our journey. It’s very invigorating to sing that word.” Leonard Cohen

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The word ‘Hallelujah’ of course is so rich, so abundant. It’s a wonderful word to sing and people have been singing that word for thousands of years. It seems to call down some beneficial energy when you declare it in the face of the kind of catastrophes that are manifesting everywhere. Just to say ‘Hallelujah’, to praise the energy that manifests, just to affirm our journey. It’s very invigorating to sing that word.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: ‘I’m a closet optimist’ [a report on the Sept 16, 2014 London Press Preview Of Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems] by Andy Morris. Gigwise, Sept 16, 2014. Image is a screen capture from a video of Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah in Birmingham – 2013.

“We can listen to [Hallelujah] a thousand times, and every time we discover things. I do not know anyone who can handle the language like [Leonard Cohen], to choose the simplest words but go to the bone. Yet they are never flat; they have a depth, a sensuality, a sophistication.” Dominique Issermann

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But since that time [when we were together], I have taken a step back. I am much more attentive to his texts today. When we were together, I was very active, maybe too much, and when I saw him anxious, I did not pay enough attention; I did not realize how difficult it was. I heard him working for two years on Hallelujah before it was finished. This song – we can listen to it a thousand times, and every time we discover things. I do not know anyone who can handle the language like him, to choose the simplest words but go to the bone. And yet they are never flat, they have a depth, a sensuality, a sophistication. ‘I came so far for beauty / I left so much behind / My patience and my family / My masterpiece unsigned.’ It’s sublime, is it not? It is revised, refine, purified, polished, until only the essence remains: hieroglyphs. quotedown2

Dominique Issermann

 

From Ma vie avec Leonard Cohen : “Je l’ai entendu travailler deux ans sur ‘Hallelujah’” par François Armanet et Bernard Loupias (L’Obs: Nov 11, 2016). Interview originally published in “Le Nouvel Observateur” of January 26, 2012. Excerpt via computer translation with assistance from Coco Éclair. Photo by Dominique BOILE.

Ben Harper Covers Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” – Paris 2014

Laurence of Paris, who attended the May 17, 2014 Ben Harper concert at the Folies Bergere in Paris, recommends this video of his performance of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” As a fan of Ben Harper myself, I heartily concur with the endorsement.

Ben Harper – “Hallelujah”
Folies Bergere, Paris: May 17, 2014
Video by zerockerparis

Note: Originally posted May 19, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason — Who Will Perform At Royal Wedding — Plays Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

 

When Britain’s Prince Harry and American Meghan Markle take their wedding vows on May 19th, a 19-year-old cellist will add to the musical pageantry of the royal ceremony. Sheku Kanneh-Mason caught the attention of Prince Harry last June while playing at a charity event in London. Now he’s graduating to a worldwide stage.

From Watch the Young Cellist—Who’s Performing at the Royal Wedding — Play Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” by Meridee Duddleston (WRTI: May 15, 2018)

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Adrian du Plessis, who alerted me to this video.

Striking Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Hallelujah – Halifax 2013

HalifaxThis video of Hallelujah, although filmed from a balcony at a severely acute angle, is of superior quality and offers an atypical, intriguing view of the performance.

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
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Halifax: April 13, 2013
Video by joeshrubbery

Originally posted April 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric