By Edgar Treiguts, CNN
(CNN) – It's a song that's been recorded by hundreds of artists. It's been a favorite in TV competition shows and been used as a healing anthem in times of tragedy. And just recently, after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, 'Hallelujah' emerged again.
The popularity of 'Hallelujah' was hardly foreshadowed when it was written and first recorded by Leonard Cohen in 1984. The song was on an album Cohen's record company decided not to release.
A decade would pass before it was embraced by another artist, and its true introduction began.
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Hallelujah basically means glory to Yahweh but you'll seldom hear anyone talk about that.
I like Rush.
Saw them years ago.
I like Leonard Cohen, though, too.
Never saw him.
Akira, there is a youtube video of k.d. lang singing "Hallelujah" at a tribute to Cohen. Great performance.
I will check it out!
(I have no idea why this posted twice...)
The k d lang version is amazing.
Waiting for Captain Asshole to realize Leonard C is a Canadian. . .
Leonard C is not a detriment to America nor is Captain A ... you are.
As usual, tbt responds with the most unintentionally funny post of the day. captain a is a detriment to humanity.
I thought captain america and tbt are the same person...
You thought wrong but that is not unusual for your kind.
And what is my "kind?"
Think very carefully before you make base assumptions about me...you have no idea who I am.
All you had to do was say, "I'm not."
tbt is still talking like tbt does..like a mouthy litte cvnt
I prefer these Canadians.
Leonard Cohen was brilliant.
Is he no longer brilliant?
Hope you had a lovely Christmas. I found it amusing last night how people on the blog would put themselves above God in order to tell us what God thinks lol.
To answer your question, what came first? Tolkien covered all of that in the Silmarilian, and much more eloquently than the Bible. The heavens were sung into being, and that works for me.
If he is still composing now, he's really brilliant.
fred, you mean? Oh, yeah, he's a real corker.
Yes, my day was lovely, if a bit tiring.
I meant, which book was written first, TH or LOTR?
I'll look it up, lol.
TH is a lot of fun, so far; I am enjoying it immensely.
Isn't this article about entertainment ? Wait, i forgot ... religions are about entertainment ;-)
@ Atheism is not... too phunnie, fun-knee. Doh!
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