Video: Hallelujah – Images & Music Of Leonard Cohen 2012

Gwen Langford, webmaster of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey, offers a nicely constructed video – a slideshow of photos she took at performances of Hallelujah during 2012 Leonard Cohen concerts in Ghent, Dublin, Montreal and Toronto set to the recording of the song from the Nov 29, 2012 Montreal show.

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Video by Gwenluvsmusic

Note: Originally posted Feb 8, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Is The Ultimate Thanksgiving Song (According To Conscious Art and Music)

In Hallelujah, songwriter Cohen takes thankfulness to another level, suggesting that we should be grateful not only for our blessings, but for ALL of our experiences in life (good, bad, happy, and sad).

Excerpt from Why Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Is The Ultimate Thanksgiving Song (You’ll Be Amazed By Its Meaning!) by Ross Pittman (Conscious Art and Music: Nov 22, 2017). The full article is available at the link.

“I said goodbye to something that I didn’t want to lose.” Leonard Cohen – Remembering The 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks

Dominique BOILE writes

Nov 13, 2017 was the two year anniversary of the Paris terrorist attacks that left 130 dead, including 90 at Bataclan, the famous concert hall, during the Eagles of Death Metal concert. In commemoration, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by the former President of the Republic, François Hollande, paid tribute to the victims. On video number 4, we can see a pianist performing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an audience including the two Presidents.

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover, A Song Born Of Conflict – Paris 1976

‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ was born over there; the whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict. Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain.1quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

These words by Leonard Cohen reference the 1973 Yom Kippur War but they are relevant to the Nov 13, 2015 Paris terror attacks as well.

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
Backup Singers: Laura Branigan & Cheryl Barnes
Le Grand Echiquier on French TV: May 27, 19762

The titular quote is from the original questionnaire (in English) for Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) forwarded to me on Oct 16, 2016 by Leonard Cohen. Photo of Leonard Cohen at his final Paris Concert – June 18, 2013 by Mhln

  1. “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  2. Le Grand Echiquier was a live tribute program presented by Jacques Chancel and dedicated to Charles Aznavour, featuring Bird on The Wire, Lover Lover Lover, and Suzanne. Source: Diamonds in the Mine []

Lisa’s Performance Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah On The Simpsons Halloween Episode Nixed

“They did not want to be associated
with people eating their father”

The following excerpt is from Simpsons producer explains Homer’s self-cannibalism in ‘Treehouse of Horror’ by Dan Snierson (Entertainment: October 22, 2017)L

In fact, the only problem that the producers encountered was not being able to secure the rights to use Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which was to be sung by Lisa. “They did not want to be associated with people eating their father,” says Jean, laughing. Instead, they opted to riff on a more classical religious hymn. “We have the original ‘Hallelujah,’ which nobody owns.”

John Cale’s Cover Of Hallelujah By Leonard Cohen Brings Grace, Meaning, & Dignity To Scrubs Episode

Hallelujah Not Always A Cliche

While the current cultural mode is to lament and deride the use of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah to invoke a certain contemplative, mournful, dignified tone in movies or TV shows, I remain impressed by the impact the song has in specific instances. A case in point is the employment of John Cale’s version of Leonard Cohen’s classic in “My Old Lady,” the fourth episode of Scrubs’ first season (first broadcast October 16, 2001). The plot features three patients under the care of young doctors who star in the show. All three  die, giving their physicians their first experiences with losing patients.

It was forty years ago that I first had a patient under my care die; I still remember the feelings.  And, dramatic conventions aside, the concluding scene of this Scrubs episode resonate with that memory – in no small part because of the strains of Hallelujah.