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.