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Hallelujah for Leonard Cohen
Saturday, April 17th, 2010

My Leonard Cohen channel popped above the fold on my iCurrent front page today and got me playing Hallelujah.  I’d created my Cohen channel to follow him on tour a year ago when an article on the use of Hallelujah in the sex scene of the Watchmen movie hit my Allison Crowe channel.    All this resonates for me with the lively topics of serendipity and discovery and the secret life of interests.

Hallelujah has been covered 200 times [Wikipedia].  In an April 2009 interview, Cohen says this is “ironic and amusing” given Sony rejected the album it was on. He continues (at 35:20):

I was just reading a review of a movie called Watchmen that uses it and the reviewer said – ‘Can we please have a moratorium on Hallelujah in movies and television shows?’ And I kind of feel the same way …

The whole interview is worthwhile listening, a wise and humble man for sure (see background on the interview). Reminds me of the finest people I know.

There is a reason why this song is covered so much. Sheer lyrical brilliance that works for fine singer after fine singer. I picked him on his tour and four other takes here. Which do you like?

Pick your favorite of the four below or tell me a different one:

Link Love
Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

One moment in the blogger’s corner at Sapphire06 last week, I overheard the execution of Jeff Nolan and Julia French on getting a little “link love,” for us bloggers (I’m almost there to fitting in). This struck me as quite hilarious, though it’s not like I haven’t received “let’s crosslink” email, or that I’m clueless on the nuances of collaborative separations in the real world (ever hear of the separation of church and state or editorial and advertising?).

Well, it happens naturally. A number of the bloggers have listed and linked the other bloggers, and now Charlie has really nailed the experience of being in the pen together with a blogger corner’s link love letter. And though his toast toward me is certainly, well, nuanced, I’m grinning sheepishly. There’s a secret coded message in that last line.

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Well, Charlie, let me just say, now, I’ve decided, in fact today, and you needn’t worry that I’ll have nothing to say next time.

Raised Pedestrian Crossing
Monday, September 29th, 2003

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Carl Manaster snapped this picture in London, it some how reminds him of my fall.

R.R. Falls
Friday, August 29th, 2003

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Falling for the digital capture of the world wide world.
Where have I been, where am I going?