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Hallelujah is a State of Mind

Hallelujah is a State of Mind

I just heard this today on the radio. This version. Yeah, I know. Where have you been for the last decade or so? Anyway, I was stunned. It’s just a beautiful song, a profoundly moving song, with a strange mix of symbols and images, both secular and biblical. Ambiguity adds strength and mystery to that combination. It’s the kind of song that rewards a much deeper look, several listens, and a long walk with. Climb. Climb up into the mountains…

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Hallelujah

Hallelujah

One of my favorite songs by Leonard Cohen is “Hallelujah.” Many artists have covered it, with various degrees of success, and it appears at the end of one of my favorite movies, “When Night is Falling,” to memorable effect. Am pleased to publish an essay about the great novelist/poet/songwriter with the grissly old voice. Yahia Lababidi compares and contrasts the work of Stephen Patrick Morrissey and Mr. Cohen in a fresh and original way. * * * * * Am…

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Yahia Lababidi: Monks of LA

Yahia Lababidi: Monks of LA

  The songs of both these artists are generally perceived as music to slash your wrists to, and playing either of their records at a party signals its certain death (or yours). To their intensely loyal cult following, in the privacy of their bedrooms, they sing to each alone. And by making their anxieties public, these artists are Saviors to brethren of solitaries. Both are literary types; one is a novelist and poet, while the other as a librarian’s son…

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