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Cohen’s Hallelujah

With all the raging fires in Canada and the United States plus the powerful hurricanes and storm surges created by Harvey and Irma, and don’t forget the earthquake in Mexico, I feel a need to turn to Leonard Cohen. Although I’m well aware that the word hallelujah is an expression of praise and worship, Cohen used the word in his famous song more to talk of love and hardships. So in that spirit, to me, Cohen’s song Hallelujah conjures up the strength of deep caring going out to all those who are being affected by these overwhelming disasters and for all the compassionate people who help, take-in, rescue, comfort, and otherwise take action to care for people and animals caught in these devastating circumstances.

Cohen’s song is beautiful, ironic, and melancholic, yet it is also full of hope. It’s the hope that sings forth to me.

I’m offering up a lovely piano version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for your listening enjoyment. Without the words, this lovely piano version simply sings with feeling.

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Dianne - September 13, 2017 - 4:52 am

No words needed. This song, tinged with sadness and hope, is enough.

Jennifer Connell - September 13, 2017 - 5:30 pm

What a lovely version of the Leonard Cohen song. I wonder if sheet music of the arrangement is available? Wouldn’t it be amazing to learn to play it yourself?
There is lots of sadness in the news these days. I can’t even imagine what it must be like to lose everything in a flood, fire or earthquake. Hopefully I never know. My heart goes out to those who know only to well.

Sherry G. - September 15, 2017 - 7:32 am

Thank you for this, Diane. I am imagining that it is you playing it — with all your passionate caring coming right through!

Lisa Gordon - September 15, 2017 - 12:34 pm

I so love Leonard Cohen’s music, Diane, and this version is just beautiful.
Thank you for sharing, and have a wonderful weekend, my friend.
xo.

Candace - September 24, 2017 - 6:00 pm

That is one of my favorite songs and I prefer Cohen’s to all other versions. The piano only is lovely, too.

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