Sunday, November 02, 2008

"The Fourth, The Fifth, The Minor Fall": BBC Radio reflects so that all souls can hear it

Due to "technical circumstances beyond our control", namely a lack of internet connectivity, news hasn't been able to flow freely in recent weeks. Thankfully, BBC Radio 2, which broadcast its terrific documentary on the song "Hallelujah", yesterday, makes this program available online for the next week. Just click on "The Fourth, The Fifth, The Minor Fall" to hear many facets of this Leonard Cohen creation revealed. Alongside Allison Crowe, contributors include Helen Walford, Kathryn Williams, John Lissauer, Andy Wallace, Imogen Heap, Alex Patsavas, The Bishop of Croydon, Brandi Carlile, Jim Devlin, Christine Collister and John Walsh (Starsailor).

Dedicated Cohen blogger 1 Heck of a Guy, who somehow managed to synchronize his birthday with this broadcast, posts this pitch-perfect note:

"Warning: Listening to this sampling of artists, critics, and other commentators talk about their perspectives on Hallelujah may put ones preconceived notions about the song at risk."

Happy All Soul's Day!

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