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Kd Lang Hallelujah
http://www.pakmahfil.com ^ | 13/02/10 | donworld

Posted on 02/13/2010 10:06:31 AM PST by donworld

Kd Lang Hallelujah, Canadian pop music royalty shone brightly tonight at the opening ceremonies for the 21st Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada. One of the top musical highlights was a stunning performance of Canadian poet/songwriter Leonard Cohen’s song “Hallelujah” by Canadian singer k.d. lang. She first recorded the song in 2004 for her album Hymns of the 49th Parallel. She also performed “Hallelujah” at the 2005 Juno Awards. In the past three years the song has taken on iconic status. In 2008 American Idol contestant Jason Castro delivered a performance that generated such interest in the song that Jeff Buckley’s much admired 1994 recording of “Hallelujah” topped the Billboard Digital Tracks chart. Later in that same year X Factor winner Alexandra Burke topped the UK pop singles chart with her version and Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” hit #2. More recently Justin Timberlake went to #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 with his interpretation of “Hallelujah” from the Hope For Haiti Now telethon.

Earlier in the ceremonies top Canadian pop stars Nelly Furtado and Bryan Adams performed a duet on a song titled “Bang the Drum” written by Adams. Sarah McLachlan joined the parade of stars with a solo performance at the piano. In another powerful tribute to Canadian pop music, Joni Mitchell’s classic “Both Sides Now” provided the backdrop for a moving aerial and dance performance. Finally, Anne Murray, one of the bestselling Canadian pop singers of all time, was one of the notable Canadian personalities chosen to carry the official Olympic flag into the stadium.

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1 posted on 02/13/2010 10:06:31 AM PST by donworld
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To: donworld
I love that song , but I'm wondering how she handled the line:

"Remember when I moved in you"

just axin'

2 posted on 02/13/2010 10:09:58 AM PST by Pietro ("I am not an idealouge" BHO; "I am not a crook" RMN)
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To: donworld

That was a woman?


3 posted on 02/13/2010 10:10:02 AM PST by Berlin_Freeper (Free My People!)
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To: donworld

Where was April Wine?


4 posted on 02/13/2010 10:10:38 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: donworld
Kd Lang Hallelujah, Canadian pop music royalty shone brightly tonight at the opening ceremonies for the 21st Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada.

Canadian technical prowess, not so much.

5 posted on 02/13/2010 10:10:54 AM PST by Phantom Lord (Fall on to your knees for the Phantom Lord)
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To: donworld
I love that song, and I imagine KD Lang could carry it off well with her range.

John Cale (Velvet Underground) Hallelujah.

6 posted on 02/13/2010 10:11:13 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: Pietro

Good point.


7 posted on 02/13/2010 10:11:50 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: donworld
Naturally the IOC has blocked it on YouTube on copyright grounds. :)

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
8 posted on 02/13/2010 10:12:18 AM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: donworld

Most people on the live thread last night thought “she” was Wayne Newton.


9 posted on 02/13/2010 10:16:34 AM PST by nhoward14 (This space for rent.)
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To: Pietro
Speaking of how she handled certain "lines".

"You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you"

She about cryed when she sang those words..:)

sw

10 posted on 02/13/2010 10:18:56 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife (11/02/10)
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To: mylife

She does have a very nice voice.


11 posted on 02/13/2010 10:19:11 AM PST by Jolla
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To: Jolla

She was fabulous. I just ordered it on Itunes...


12 posted on 02/13/2010 10:20:15 AM PST by sissyjane (He had a dream. We got a nightmare!)
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To: nhoward14

It was spooky-very uncomfortable. Don’t understand why some lesbians choose to look like men. It is a pretend thing that seems kinda psychologically sick, and it amazes me that they get so many to go along with the ickiness. Ie Ellen Degenerous. Ya love her, but it is weird to see that she pretends with her wardrobe that she is a man. Why?


13 posted on 02/13/2010 10:20:39 AM PST by Republic (I love Rush)
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To: Jolla

Heyup. Lifestyle aside, she is a very talented singer.


14 posted on 02/13/2010 10:21:09 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: donworld
kd lang is a "drag king" (as opposed to the "drag queens" we are more familiar with). Her voice is said to be similar to that of castrati from earlier musical eras.

I'm just thankful for recorded music. I can listen to her without having to look at her.

15 posted on 02/13/2010 10:24:09 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 31 days away from outliving Jim Jones)
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To: donworld

I didn’t see her performance - I’ll have to catch it somewhere. Here is my favorite rendition of that song - sung by Rufus Wainwright
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR0DKOGco_o


16 posted on 02/13/2010 10:25:31 AM PST by ransomnote
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To: mylife

john cale’s is my favorite version.


17 posted on 02/13/2010 10:28:31 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: Republic
weird to see that she pretends with her wardrobe that she is a man

Wardrobe? You are just scratching the surface my friend. Scarier disrobed. %^)

18 posted on 02/13/2010 10:28:42 AM PST by doodad
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To: gussiefinknottle

I saw him once, in like 84 or 85 at a tiny club in San Diego.
He was remarkable.


19 posted on 02/13/2010 10:30:35 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: donworld

I’ve heard her version on youtube...she does do a good job w/the song. I showed it to my 21 year old (he’d never heard of her) and he couldn’t believe she was a woman, LOL.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_NpxTWbovE


20 posted on 02/13/2010 10:31:30 AM PST by dawn53
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To: Republic

It all started when women began wearing pants, and society gradually accepted it. Back when I was little a respectable woman would not be seen in public (outside of working in the field) in a pair of pants or slacks. Up until the time I was in high school girls were not allowed to wear pants or slacks to school unless it was below 32 degrees, and even then they were encouraged to wear tights under their dresses rather than pants.

The crumbling of society’s morals starts with small steps.


21 posted on 02/13/2010 10:34:43 AM PST by Burkean (.)
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To: ransomnote

These 4 Norwegians do a decent job too.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2NEU6Xf7lM&feature=related


22 posted on 02/13/2010 10:35:23 AM PST by dawn53
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To: mylife

i actually met him briefly at uga in “77 or ‘78 through a friend.
he did not say much but i was thrilled just to get close enough to
shake hands.


23 posted on 02/13/2010 10:35:31 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: nhoward14
Most people on the live thread last night thought “she” was Wayne Newton.

I swear, I really did think it was Wayne at first. Then I thought "No... too young to be him. Oh, NOW I know who it is. Damn, Clay Aiken sure has put on weight!"

24 posted on 02/13/2010 10:36:05 AM PST by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: donworld

Jeff Buckley’s version rules.


25 posted on 02/13/2010 10:36:31 AM PST by manic4organic (Obama shot hoops, America lost troops.)
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To: dawn53

Whats with the barefoot “flasher” outfit? LoL


26 posted on 02/13/2010 10:37:17 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: ransomnote

Have you heard Jeff Buckley’s version?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIF4_Sm-rgQ


27 posted on 02/13/2010 10:37:37 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: gussiefinknottle

A seriously underrated musician.


28 posted on 02/13/2010 10:38:45 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: mylife

Thanks for the Cale version -I’m a big VU fan. I’m a it meh on the KD Lang cover. I’ll Buckley’s or Cohen’s renditions over it anyday.


29 posted on 02/13/2010 10:39:50 AM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: donworld

I hate to burst bubbles, but according to Leonard Cohen, the song is about having sexual intercourse.


30 posted on 02/13/2010 10:40:43 AM PST by schmootman
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To: TheVitaminPress

Cale is a bit of an eccentric, but he isnt a freek like Lang.

Her treatment of the song was creepy to me as well.


31 posted on 02/13/2010 10:42:18 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: donworld

I like the Leonard Cohen tune hallelujah. I call it a spiritual song for atheists and those who don’t attend services, ever

Leonard Cohen has written and sung many great tunes but Hallelujah alone would redeem him


32 posted on 02/13/2010 10:42:26 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: mylife

Never figured out what she had on...it was STRANGE!


33 posted on 02/13/2010 10:42:33 AM PST by dawn53
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To: donworld

Last Summer I saw Michael McDonald at Bass Hall here in Fort Worth, and he sang “Hallelujah” alone on stage with his piano. It was pretty powerful.

If you ever get a chance to see someone you like at Bass Hall, GO. It is one of the best venues ever for a great vocalist.


34 posted on 02/13/2010 10:43:38 AM PST by avenir
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To: ConorMacNessa
Naturally the IOC has blocked it on YouTube on copyright grounds. :)

Not the IOC version but on Youtube

I swear, in this clip you can even see her mustache! Good listening, though.

35 posted on 02/13/2010 10:44:19 AM PST by greyfoxx39 ("The Economy Is So Bad, Even 'Rosy Scenario' Lost Her Job"-Jim Geraghty)
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To: mylife

yes, quite brilliant, not always accessible but a guy who made the music
he wanted to, i think. i feel the same about brian eno and kevin
ayres.


36 posted on 02/13/2010 10:46:26 AM PST by gussiefinknottle (woof!woof!woof!)
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To: mylife

Very very nice. John Cale is known as a viola player so he has a string section there. Spare irony sung in church made from stone


37 posted on 02/13/2010 10:47:09 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: donworld

I was pleasantly surprised to see k.d. Lang performing last night. She’s one of the best singers of all time.


38 posted on 02/13/2010 10:49:24 AM PST by CaribouCrossing
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To: Republic
Don’t understand why some lesbians choose to look like men

They learned to hate themselves at a very early age, especially the fact that they were a girl. She must have felt powerless in her first two years of life and she had no men in her life who she loved or trusted. She has a major void in her soul--is mixed up....and yes, she is emotionally disturbed and no pretending can ever make her whole, because what she does is against Natural Law. Only a belief in God could fill the void.

39 posted on 02/13/2010 10:51:28 AM PST by savagesusie
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To: dennisw

I think you’ve got it about right.


40 posted on 02/13/2010 10:53:13 AM PST by Yardstick
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To: dennisw
Viola is one thing, He plays lots of stuff...

Pablo Picasso/Love Me Two Times

41 posted on 02/13/2010 10:53:50 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: schmootman
I hate to burst bubbles, but according to Leonard Cohen, the song is about having sexual intercourse.

I knew when she was singing it the some was blasphemous in some way. When you have an open lesbian singing "Hallelujah" 50 times, it probably isn't about God.

42 posted on 02/13/2010 10:55:13 AM PST by kittycatonline.com
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To: gussiefinknottle

I always like Ayers.
Very Eccentric though.


43 posted on 02/13/2010 10:55:37 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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To: donworld; mylife; sissyjane; ransomnote; gussiefinknottle; dawn53; manic4organic; Yardstick; ...

Guys,

check out this cover by Timberlake/Morris. IMHO it’s the best one so far.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OfYmMt92Otg


44 posted on 02/13/2010 10:56:41 AM PST by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: mylife

I heard this song just recently on one of the TV shows we usually watch, and really liked it, but never saw what it was, or who had performed it. It could have been “Fringe”, “House” or “Bones”. Does anyone remember hearing it on one of those shows?


45 posted on 02/13/2010 10:58:00 AM PST by SuziQ
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To: mylife

I have much respect for Cale and his eccentricities. I think he made a perfect foil (or compliment depending on how you look at it) to Reed’s raw/untrained genius. I think the reason I’m not as enthused at the Lang version is because I get the feeling (although not being very familiar with her work I could be totally off base here) that she could never have written a song of this caliber. And it is not very often that I am moved greatly by an artist (Lady Day being a notable exception) that subsists off the brilliance of others.


46 posted on 02/13/2010 10:58:22 AM PST by TheVitaminPress (as goes the Second Amendment . . . so goes the Constitution.)
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To: manic4organic

I agree.


47 posted on 02/13/2010 10:59:58 AM PST by CajunConservative (Shut Up Mary!)
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To: Yardstick

:)
My meaning being that with Hallelujah being a widely performed song. You have a lot of atheist performers singing a Godly spiritual tune. Because they have something within they cannot deny. A yearning to know more and be more and to not deny God.
Anything can happen these days because everyone is a free lancer


48 posted on 02/13/2010 11:01:19 AM PST by dennisw (It all comes 'round again --Fairport)
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To: Yardstick
This is the one I like. A man and his Telecaster; what more do you need?

http://www.youtube.com/watch

49 posted on 02/13/2010 11:06:45 AM PST by Seven plus One
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To: SuziQ

I rarely watch the television, so it is not known to me.


50 posted on 02/13/2010 11:07:02 AM PST by mylife (Opinions: $1.00 Halfbaked: 50c)
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