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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Blogger musicobsessive said...

I listened to this the other day and it was fascinating. Well worth a listen if you are interested in the back story to songs and how they affect other artists.

Allison's version is still my favourite though. Still can't quite get to grips with Buckley's even though it seems to be the one that most people know. I suppose that's the beauty of music as it all comes down to the listener. sometimes it just doesn't do to explain too much as it spoils the connection.

1:38 AM  
Blogger Adrian said...

I have my perspective on music and marketing and welcome today's environment in which culture is more free-flowing via the internet+ Give the world another 10 years, and it's a new story.

Being near the epicentre of Allison's performances of Hallelujah in a number of ways - live, and in receiving all the responses, it is, for me, peerless.

What I do know, and what the BBC program I feel did a terrific job in illustrating, is how Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah is interpreted and experienced many different ways - some visceral, some spiritual, some intellectual.

I'm with you in that there's no need to explain the magic.

11:20 PM  

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