We’re coming off the Canada Day long weekend and so today for Music Monday I am going with a Canadian classic.
There are so many amazing Canadian musicians and bands to pick from but there has always been one that always stands out to me when I think Canadian…it’s Leonard Cohen and it’s his song “Hallelujah”. This song has been covered more times than I can count (they say there are over 100 recorded versions) and by some talented artists like Willie Nelson, Justin Timberlake, Rufus Wainwright, K.D. Lang, Bono of U2, Bob Dylan, Celine Dion, Jeff Buckley and the list goes on and on.
There’s just something about this song that gives me goosebumps everytime I listen to it. Apparently, when Cohen first wrote it, it was 80 verses long and the full version of the song has 15. It’s a legendary song and it’s absolutely beautiful.
Cohen was a singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist, who was born in Quebec on September 21, 1934. He started in music when he was 33 and wrote “Hallelujah” when he was 50 (1984). Leonard Cohen died on November 7, 2016, at the age of 82 and although he is no longer with us his music remains.
Thank you for the music Mr. Cohen!