Thursday, May 20, 2010

Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" as sung by my sister

When I was in college in Boston, Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen was a big deal. His dark, pensive voice and poetic lyrics set him apart from much of Sixties music.

His best-known song then was "Suzanne," but Wikipedia says in recent years it's been surpassed by his 1984 "Hallelujah." I'd never heard it until, at my sister Suede's recent concert at Boston's Sculler's Jazz Club, she pulled it out (total surprise to me) and rendered a beautiful, spiritual six minute version of it.

Suede is much loved on Cape Cod, and she sang it at an annual spring bonfire, another much-loved occasion. Perfect.


  1. Pauline SweetmanMay 22, 2010 at 3:30 PM

    Thanks for sharing, a lovely composite, very moving :)

  2. This song is everywhere I go this week. Thanks for putting it here.


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