Leonard Cohen wrote Hallelujah

As
you know, the objective of this blues blog is to promote, not only blues and
blues rock, but all good music, so long as it’s out of the ordinary. We do so
without prejudice, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation and religion,
naturally. 

Even so, the last thing I’d usually expect you to want to
watch is what follows. It’s a priest, bursting into a version of Leonard Cohen’s
 ‘Hallelujah’ while officiating at a
wedding in Ireland two days ago. The clip was sent to me by Carl, a regular visitor to this blog. And the priest does such a good job, I’ve put him in a post. Credit where credit’s due.
If you like Jeff Buckley’s version of Hallelujah, you’ll
like this version, too:

Father Ray Kelly more than does Cohen’s song justice
Now, here’s a bit of
background information for those interested: ‘Hallelujah’ debuted on Canadian Leonard
Cohen’s 1984 album, Various Positions, which didn’t do too well. The song was
then covered by the Welsh music maestro, John Cale, OBE (Order of the British
Empire), in 1991. Cale, best known for founding the influential Velvet
Underground band in 1964 with Lou Reed, contributed his version of Hallelujah
on an album of Leonard Cohen covers called “I’m Your Fan”. Others who contributed
to the tribute included the Pixies, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, R.E.M. and
Echo & The Bunnymen front man, Ian McCulloch. Probably the most famous
version of Hallelujah was by Jeff Buckley (some of us are old enough to
remember his father, Tim) who covered the song on his Grace album in 1994.  Until Father Ray Kelly came along, that is. I
believe the clip has already been seen by some three million YouTube viewers.
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