Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Written by Leonard Cohen in 1984, "Hallelujah" is one of my favorite songs of all time. k.d. lang first recorded her version of it in 2004 on the album "Hymns of the 49th Parallel." This video is from her performance at the Canadian Juno Awards of 2005, where her rendition brought the audience to its feet for a two-minute ovation. Lang also sang it at the 2006 Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame on the occasion of Cohen's induction into the Hall of Fame. Of that rendition, 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." Hopefully you had a chance to hear her sing it at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver a few nights ago.