How Did 'Hallelujah' Become a Classic? A New Leonard Cohen Doc Explains Why.

6/30/2022 9:44:00 PM

A deep dive into the origin story of the singer’s best-known song — and its unlikely ascension into the pop canon — doubles as a portrait of an artist as an accidental genius

It was dozens of verses long and rejected by Leonard Cohen's record company and left off his album. Thanks to Shrek, it became part of the modern American songbook. David Browne on how a new doc traces the birth, fall and unlikely rise of 'Hallelujah.'

A deep dive into the origin story of the singer’s best-known song — and its unlikely ascension into the pop canon — doubles as a portrait of an artist as an accidental genius

The basic arc of that story is familiar by now, but Hallelujah nonetheless adds to this ugly-pop-duckling success story.June 29, 2022 at 9:36 a.June 30, 2022 at 9:59 a.wanting to give their regular five starting pitchers an extra day of rest during a busy stretch of 20 games in 20 days.

More clearly than ever, we’re able to see the secular changes Cohen made to the largely spiritual original lyric after he began performing it live, as well as the verses Cale chose and the ones that the makers of Shrek decided were suitable for an animated kids’ movie.There are also plenty of fascinating tidbits for Cohenologists.| UPDATED: June 29, 2022 at 10:21 a.Various Positions , the 1984 Cohen album that included “Hallelujah,” was turned down by his label, Columbia (Cohen wryly discusses this in an interview clip from Richard Belzer’s Eighties talk show) and only slipped out by way of an indie label.m.In the doc, that album’s producer, John Lissauer, talks about how that incident made him give up producing records.Adrian Martinez, who pitched scoreless ball into the sixth inning in his lone start in May and was promptly returned to the minors, will get another shot with the Athletics.On the topic of Shrek , which introduced “Hallelujah” to its youngest audience ever, Rufus Wainwright amusingly recalls the “backroom deal” that led to Cale’s version being used in the film but Wainwright’s remake winding up on the soundtrack.Ron Marinaccio, Wandy Peralta, Michael King and Clay Holmes combined to finish off the Athletics as the Yankees (55-20) clinched the series victory ahead of Wednesday afternoon’s finale.

(And all these years later, it’s still jaw-dropping to see a clip of that song in that movie.38 earned run average.Alternatively, if the commission signs off on the development, A’s team officials are on a tight self-imposed deadline to ink a deal with city officials by the November election, with the team’s current lease at the Oakland Coliseum set to expire in 2024.) Perhaps wisely realizing that the story of “Hallelujah” alone wouldn’t be enough to fill two hours, Geller and Goldfine also delve into Cohen’s life and how it intersected with the rise, fall and revival of the song.His Sixties makeover from novelist and poet to thirtysomething songwriter is here, complete with fascinating period clips like the moment in 1966 when, while promoting one of his books on Canadian TV, he offered to also sing a song.Martinez will start Thursday night against the Mariners’ Logan Gilbert (8-3, 2.A mesmerizing version of “The Stranger Song” becomes his startling musical coming-out.Instead, the parcel of land is used as a parking lot for large trucks, storage area for shipping containers, and a training ground for stevedores and dock workers.His life and breakup with Suzanne Elrod is touched upon, along with the making of his startling first album, his ill-fated collaboration with Phil Spector, his late Eighties comeback starting with I’m Your Man, his subsequent withdrawal to a Buddhist monastery and the cheered-on arena tours from roughly a decade ago that became his final act.On May 10, Martinez was brought up from Las Vegas as the 27th roster spot, started against Detroit in the second game of a doubleheader and although he pitched well, was promptly returned to the Aviators following the game.Third base coach Luis Rojas also waved around Josh Donaldson from second base, but he was easily thrown out at the plate to end the inning.

There’s no mention of the innovative use of his music in McCabe and Mrs.Miller or his early Nineties hookup with Rebecca De Mornay, but we do hear from fashion photographer Dominique Issermann, who Cohen implies was the love of his life.Acquired in the trade that sent Sean Manaea to the San Diego Padres, Martinez is 4-3 with a 5.But in an agenda report ahead of the commission hearing — where 18 of 27 members would need to vote to approve the project — a staff analysis has flipped positions, now siding with Port of Oakland officials who believe there’s sufficient space at the port to accommodate the eventual development.Issermann still sounds baffled when she hears people refer to “Hallelujah” as being written by Buckley, whose wounded-angel rendition remains, along with Cale’s, the definitive versions.In 2016, Frank Zappa was the subject of Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, a terrific doc that consisted entirely of interview footage with one of rock’s smartest giants.He’s given up 67 hits in 63 innings with 23 walks and 73 strikeouts.Watching Hallelujah makes one yearn for a similar approach to Cohen., on Saturday, Aug.Share this article:.

In interviews dating back to the Sixties — some with writer Larry “Ratso” Sloman, who initially interviewed Cohen in the mid Seventies for Rolling Stone — Cohen is his wily, deadpan, philosophical self.“Watching him pitch in Detroit, he threw the ball pretty well, threw strikes, threw the sinker, the change-up and had a slider to go with it.He refers to his likely “distinguished posthumous career” in light of his low record sales or muses that perhaps it was time people stopped singing “Hallelujah.” (Sloman disputes that, saying Cohen was likely joking.” Kotsay stopped short of saying Martinez, 25, would get an extended look in the rotation.“We, as a commission, aren’t deciding on a permit to build the A’s new stadium and housing — we just have a responsibility to ensure there’s enough port land available,” said Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia, one of the commission’s 27 members.) The songwriter was almost as good at playing the media as Dylan was, as seen in a Sixties TV clip in which he claims, straight-faced and to a baffled host, that he considered changing his stage name to “September.” Hallelujah isn’t a definitive, life-spanning doc on Cohen’s life, nor does it claim to be, but the tale of “Hallelujah” serves as a metaphor for Cohen’s life.“I don’t want to get ahead of ourselves in terms of commitments.

The way he labored over the song is of a piece with the years he would take between albums, and “Hallelujah” itself encapsulates the way the solemn and the sensuous could each find a home in the same Cohen song.Should the commission go against what its staff recommends, the A’s days in Oakland would most likely be numbered, with Kaval threatening to find stadium space in Las Vegas or even decamp for a ballpark used by the team’s minor-league affiliate just outside the Vegas strip in Summerlin, Nevada.His pop-star makeover, from early in his career to later in life, was as unlikely as the song itself becoming part of the 20th century song canon.L.The movie makes it easy to imagine a future in which AI robots will be singing it to each other in the year 2350, no matter what’s left of the planet itself.In This Article:.Lowrie has been attempting to rehab a shoulder injury and could at some point still be headed for the injured list.Mayor Libby Schaaf, a supporter of the Howard Terminal ballpark proposal, is being termed out of office.

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NeilDrysdale I once got dumped at a Starbucks and Hallelujah was playing in the background. Haven't been able to listen to it since!!

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