I had thought about having a drink tonight but decided against it. Now, after finding out about Leonard Cohen passing, a drink seems like the appropriate thing to do.
Whether you liked his music or not, you can not deny his impact on music. A singer-songwriter, a poet and a major influence on a lot of musicians who followed him. “Hallelujah”, although not a big hit for Cohen when it was first released in 1984, has gone on to be one of the most covered songs with over 200 known versions. The most recent version was recently released by a cappella group Pentatonix has breathed new life into the song, introducing it to a whole new generation. Other artists who have covered the song include fellow Canadian song-writers, KD Lang and Rufus Wainwright. Wainwright’s version appears on the Shrek Soundtrack, while the version that some would consider the first cover of the song by John Cale’s was the version used in the movie itself.
I was first introduced to “Hallelujah” and Leonard Cohen by Jeff Buckley, which seems to be a fitting version to include with this post.
Leonard Cohen thank you.