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(Sigh) Still a Little Sick But Not Totally Down

February 13, 2010

Sorry for the hiatus. We were/are sick and couldn’t muster the strength to turn on the computer. Anyway, don’t know if you caught the opening ceremony of the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games but if you did, hopefully you stuck around long enough to hear k.d. lang‘s rendition of the great Leonard Cohen‘s “Hallelujah.” lang’s beautiful vocals on this beautiful ballad was a highlight of the ceremony. And if you liked the version you heard on the Olympic broadcast, you can buy it on iTunes.

Not the 2010 Winter Olympics version, but you’ll get the idea how lang sounds on this classic song:

How she keeps her voice so clear, strong and perfect after 25 years of singing in a mystery to us, but bless her all the same.  Hearing lang sing “Hallelujah” we couldn’t help but think of our favorite version of the song (sorry, Mr. Cohen) by the wonderful Jeff Buckley. Buckley, unfortunately, is no longer with us. Thank goodness we have his music to keep us company.

The wonderful singer-songwriter – who left this earth far too soon – recorded what we consider the best cover version of “Hallelujah.” The song, found on Buckley’s debut album, “Grace,” is a tender, tentative ache whose haunting, delicate vocals will break your heart. Buckley died in 1997 and we can only appreciate the musical gems he left us and ache for those we’ll never hear. If you don’t have “Grace” we recommend you buy a copy for your music collection.

Not surprisingly, the song has been covered by many, many artists including Bono, Rufus Wainwright, Allison Crowe, Justin Timberlake and John Cale.

Of, course, we can’t let any post about the 2010 Winter Olympics pass without a mention of the tragic death of 21-year-old athlete Nodar Kumaritashvili, the Georgian luge competitor who was killed hours before the opening ceremony. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. We wish his team well.