Perhaps 30 Songs for November was a little ambitious. When I started the month, I had no anticipation of the numerous events that would occur that brought me to today. It was a transformative month and a welcome one at that. Perhaps the most important event of the moment is the return of my old day job, which kicks off later today.
So today’s song, another all-time favorite of mine, is the appropriately titled “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. You have no doubt heard some version of this song since it reached mainstream popularity in the motion picture Shrek, and it has been covered by numerous artists over the years. Cohen wrote “Hallelujah” and recorded it in 1984. Cohen wrote as many as 80 verses that have been swapped in and out of the different versions over the years.
The video below is from a live performance in 2008 at the Montreal Jazz Festival at which Cohen and his band performed an extended version of the song.