Posts Tagged ‘Leonard Cohen’

Happy Easter, 2018!

April 1, 2018

Happy Easter!  Leonard Cohen originally wrote the song “Hallelujah” in 1984.  And, while it took a few years to catch on, it has become a classic.  Then in 2011, Kelley Mooney adapted the song with lyrics of her own that tie more directly to Easter.

Here are the lyrics to Kelley Mooney’s Easter version, but you can also listen to the recording here.

And if you have not yet heard the original song, by all means, give it a listen.  And if you are totally baffled by the lyrics, then here is one interpretation as to their meaning.

Or, if you are interested in a more academic interpretation . . .
Part 1
Part 2


Happy Easter 2017!

April 16, 2017

Hallelujah!  According to Leonard Cohen (songwriter), “Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means ‘Glory to the Lord.’ The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. I say: All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value.   It’s a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion.”  Here are a few versions (one instrumental, two vocal [one acapella]) — on this Easter Sunday, let’s give “Glory to the Lord!”

How Would You Define Poetry?

June 29, 2014

Poetry is generally defined as “the art of rhythmical composition, written or spoken, for exciting pleasure by beautiful, imaginative, or elevated thoughts  ” But here are some other definitions of poetry, courtesy of The Cynic’s Dictionary, that you may find of interest . . . I really liked the last one.

“An activity like dropping a rose petal into the Grand Canyon and waiting for an echo.”  — Don Marquis

“Not just when the lines fail to reach the end of the page.”  — Leonard Cohen

“An impish attempt to paint the colour of the wind.”  — Maxwell Bodenheim

“A comforting piece of fiction set to more or less lascivious music.”  — H.L. Mencken

“The devil’s wine.”  — Saint Augustine

“A form of refrigeration that stops language going bad.”  — Peter Porter

“Religion without hope.”  — Jean Cocteau

“What Milton saw when he went blind.”  — Don Marquis

“Cissy stuff that rhymes.”  — Geoffrey Williams

Source: and The Cynic’s Dictionary by Aubrey Dillon-Malone.