Monday, July 28, 2014

Rhema Marvanna sings Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen (updated)

[Thanks to Signalroom7]

That song must be one of the most covered ever, by now. But it rarely gets as good as this.
I hope Rhema Marvanna does not get broken by the world (Amy Winehouse and all those). But some big measure of control in her voice and even face tells me, probably not. (Here she is live.)




Here is a very different version, but damn, is it good.
It must take a lot of discipline to play such an intense, slow song with such speed and energy and yet precision. I did not know SafetySuit, but I'll look closer.




DeltaCubed is right, we can't overlook KD Lang's version.




Apparently nobody but Leonard...



By the way, it's clearly a spiritual song, but it seems to me it's a love song. About broken love. Lo the lyrics.

I once posted another nice version (and an interesting comment.)
[Update: a good version from a young woman in a special situation.]

6 comments:

Laurie said...

a side note: her mother died
two years before this of cancer.... this little girl has already experienced such great loss. You hear the wisdom in her voice.

the song, too, reminds me of a couple of quotes:

"When the personal 'I' falls away, so does personal suffering. What remains is the great sadness of compassion."
Nisargadatta

"This world is not comprehensible; but it is embraceable."
Martin Buber


laurie

DeltaCubed said...

I agree with the entry in Wikipedia:

"Lang also sang it at the 2006 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame when Cohen was inducted into the Hall of Fame.[58] Cohen's partner, singer Anjani Thomas, said: "After hearing K.D. Lang perform that song at the Canadian Songwriter's Hall of Fame in 2006 we looked at each other and said, 'well, I think we can lay that song to rest now! It's really been done to its ultimate blissful state of perfection'."[59]"

http://youtu.be/YYiMJ2bC65A

TC [Girl] said...

Here she is live.

Thanks, Eo; that was really sweet... Love Nate, too; he's always been such a cool person...

K.D. Lang has a really beautiful voice, too...

TC [Girl] said...

LOVED EVERYTHING about SafetySuit's version!! :-P Thanks for sharing!!

Eolake Stobblehouse said...

Yes indeed.
I love the energy in the last half. The spinning rock dance... It's amazing it can be so different from a near-acapella gospel version, and yet clearly be the same song.

TC [Girl] said...

I love the energy in the last half. The spinning rock dance...

Yes, exactly; cool... And I started to write how I loved the keyboard and guitars...and his voice and thought it might just be easier to write that I loved all of it! :-D I love a band w/lots of energy like that; I find them really engaging!! :-D

It's amazing it can be so different from a near-acapella gospel version, and yet clearly be the same song.

Yes...very creative and artistic; my fave, to date...

I listened to a few of their songs, last night; pretty cool...the standard secular fare...