. . Currently reading: I'M YOUR MAN The Life of LEONARD COHEN by Sylvie Simmons
what a story of an artist / poet / singer tormented by the material world and the crooks and lunatics of the music Industry / business.
It is amazing how control of the music moves from being in the hands of the artist to the producer and the record label, how the finished album is hardly recognisable to the artist when it eventually lands in the high street shops.
I am listening to each album as it is being discussed from a cheap boxed set 86979 61772 that contains the complete studio albums collection. Great value even for non Cohen fans.
Despite what your opinion might be of Simon Cowell, his shows, American Idol in particular, have been very educational in regards to music. Introducing the day's youth to music from older generations that they might not normally hear, and for me, that includes the song Hallelujah by Leanord Cohen (Jeff Buckley, as well, who is actually the one AI judges attributed the song to the first time I heard it there) was very valuable and very much appreciated. I have heard lots and lots of old songs throughout my life, yet I rarely heard who the artist was, quite often not even the actual title of the song. So, you could have named all kinds of singers and bands, and I wouldn't know who you were talking about, or if I did, I might have only known one or two, only because my parents might have happened to mention it. But, if you played their songs for me, I would likely recognize it instantly. As it is, there are still plenty of songs I can't match with their artists, and seem to be in the habit of shocking all you older generation members on my lack of music knowledge, but let me tell you, I'm much more informed than I was 10 years ago!
But, ever since American Idol, I have become much more familiar and knowledgeable on music from the "oldies" generation. The first time I ever heard the song Hallelujah was in 2008, by a very nice young man on AI by the name of Jason Castro. I became a fan of him and the song right away, and he was my favorite till the end of that season. Although the winner David Cook was very deserving. We even went to the Idols Live show that year to see him in particular. I of course have enjoyed that song by other artists since, Peter Hollens and KD Lang in particular. Again, Jeff Buckley is the one I thought was the original singer at first, because that's who people would mention on AI, so I wonder if that version is somehow more popular in the US than Cohen's.
So, again, whatever ill opinion you may have of Simon and his shows, I can say I appreciate them for the valuable music education it provided for me.
Was hoping to post a link to this video sometime under happier news. It's my favorite cover of the song. The video should queue after the introduction in German, which I don't speak. Susan Albers is, I think, a Yamaha spokesperson/performer in Europe. I Learned about her after buying a used MOX6, when I went looking for videos about the keyboard. Oblig Wikipedia link about the song is here. Talks about how difficult it was for Leonard Cohen to compose parts of the song.