I wanted to add to this post since the passing of Leonard Cohen yesterday, on November 10, 2016. I find it sad that this song which was released in 1984 did just not make it then and only became popular many years later under another musician doing this cover. I am so thankful it did, but it does make me wonder what other beautiful music has been missed or overlooked. As Leonard Cohen once said, “I’ve often said if I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often.” There is a book out about this song. Here is the link. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/story-of-leonard-cohens-hallelujah-is-told-in-new-book/ Mr. Cohen, thank you for your beautiful and spiritually moving piece of music that touches our souls and reminds us of the human condition.
Leanord Cohen Quotes:
“We are so small between the stars, so large against the sky.”
“We are so lightly here. It is in love that we are made. In love we disappear.”
“I’ve often said if I knew where the good songs came from, I’d go there more often.”
“I greet you from the other side of sorrow and despair, with a love so vast and shattered it will reach you everywhere.”
“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
“I wish I could say everything in one word. I hate all the things that can happen between the beginning of a sentence and the end.”
“Prayer is translation. A man translates himself into a child asking for all there is in a language he has barely mastered.”
“A woman watches her body uneasily, as though it were an unreliable ally in the battle for love.”
“What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love.”
“This is the most challenging activity that humans get into, which is love.”
My Friend, Karissa Dumbacher, and I (Samantha Solberg, Disney Dreamer Academy 2014 applicant essay winner and participant, #DDA2014) went together to use our gifts to do a fun project and hopefully help raise some money and awareness for Girls with Vision in Africa. Girls with Vision, is a discipleship group started by the Matlack family, who are missionaries in Niarobi, Africa. Please watch information at the end of the Music video to hear about what God is doing through them there. As with my business, where 50% of the profit goes to Girls with Vision, https://www.etsy.com/shop/SamanthasTreasure/about, however, for the Music Video, 80% of the profit will go to them!! Now that is not a lot, since each digital download at https://www.cdbaby.com/cd/karissadumbacher2, is only $2.50, and www.CDBaby.com, takes a small cut, but…a whole lotta little can turn into a lot, so we need your help to share and purchase this download. You can also find this on ITunes!!!! Just search for Karissa Dumbacher.
Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen, is the cover song that vocal artist Karissa Dumbacher (You can check out her You Tube Channel) chose to do for this and she is on piano as well. The Dancing and Music Video, (6 min. ver. with promo and bloopers at end) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3FGaYTMNIQ, (or 4 min. ver. without promo) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NZvx7jZyGlI is by Samantha Solberg through Samantha’s Treasure. Licensed through Limelight and Sync License through CDBaby.