Sunday, May 06, 2007

Leonard Cohen

You are going to need Flash for this post, and probably next several. YouTube is just too good a resource.

At various times in my life I've been enamored of songs written by Leonard Cohen, thought I didn't always know it. First one was on one my parents Judy Collins records, "Suzanne."

Next was probably was "Everybody Knows," as performed by Concrete Blonde.

A couple years ago, my sister Anna played me Jeff Buckley's version of "Hallelujah."

This weekend I heard Madeleine Peyroux's version of "Dance Me to the End of Love."

I've decided to actively explore Cohen's music. I figure I'll find one of his songs I like, then I'll try to find as many versions of it as I can.


JimII said...

Well, I'm sad to say I was introduced to Hallelujah by Shrek. But, that said, I love the song and like the selection you posted. Hallelujah is a song that I often play from youtube because I couldn't find his version on itunes. I actually like Sheryl Crowe's rendition as well.

Really only in the mood he produces, he kind of reminds me of Paul Simon/James Taylor. And I like them both very much.

Josh Gentry said...

I read somewhere that it was John Cale's version that was used in Shrek, but Rufus Wainwright's version released on the soundtrack. That song has been used in a huge number of TV shows, as well.

I haven't watched the Sheryl Crowe, yet.

Anna said...

I think Jeff's version is the one often used in TV shows.

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