Not Just Another Hallelujah

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Yesterday, Sean at Said The Gramophone, one of the most reliably thoughtful pop music blogs, posted Care For Music, an intriguing description of Michael Barhel’s provocative and entertaining version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Readers may recall a recent Heck of a Guy post, From Song To Signifier: Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, about Barthel’s paper,1 presented at the 2007 Pop Conference at The Experience Music Project on the evolution of Cohen’s often covered anthem from a listener’s personal experience into a handy tool available for use in the soundtracks of movies and TV shows.

As a teaser for Sean’s post, I offer this line, which places Cohen’s Hallelujah in an entirely new perspective

Like true love’s not just souls caught unmoving in trembling moonlight – it’s a dude in a smile and a girl in a sundress, a park full of dandelion & hibiscus.

The Music: Michael Barthel’s Cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Barthel’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah can be downloaded at Download: Michael Barthel Cover of Hallelujah

  1. Barthel’s paper can be found at Mike Barthel’s Hallelujah paper []

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