Friday, December 21, 2012

Profound Pole-arity

After originally placing Allison Crowe's "Tidings" version of "Hallelujah" in his movie, "Watchmen", in 2009 Hollywood director Zack Snyder decided Allison's take is "too beautiful", "too sexy" and "too romantic" to be paired with what's meant to be a ridiculous scene of love-making aboard an airborne Owl-Ship. We'll never know, of course, but, had Snyder carried out his original vision, Leonard Cohen may never have wished, however temporarily, for a moratorium on use of his song. Demand for feathers and latex, though, may have become such a strain on the natural world - that, in the end, the right course was likely followed.

That blazing union of spirituality and physicality which distinguishes Allison Crowe's performances of "Hallelujah" - and, really, her entire repertoire - and which made her recording deemed not a match for "Watchmen", is also what makes it so ideal for "The Pardon" movie trailer- - and its story and stars Jaime King and John Hawkes.

And, I'd suggest, such passion is what also makes Allison's "Hallelujah" the chosen soundtrack for this aerial fitness display by Nicci Arriola at the Annual Winter Recital in Midvale, Utah - for this season dubbed the North Pole. Even if you, as am I, be not familiar with the form of dance and fitness witnessed here, by the second half of the song the language of the movement to the music is fluidly evident.

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