30 Day Music Challenge Day 20: Hallelujah (Rufus Wainwright)

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In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 20 is “a song that has many meanings to you”.

Hallelujah by Rufus Wainwright (originally by the late, great Leonard Cohen) is one such song. While the bulk of this version especially makes reference to love, there are various angles regarding it that the song could be taken from. It’s a great poem on its own, especially with the more religious images in the stanzas removed from the Cohen version.

Interestingly, my introduction to this version of this wonderful, wonderful song I owe to — of all things — Shrek. You know, when it was still trying to be clever and counterculture-y.

 

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30 Day Music Challenge Day 14: Complainte de la Butte (Rufus Wainwright)

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In an effort to drum up some posting after leaving this blog essentially dormant for, well, too long… here’s me taking the 30 Day Music Challenge. It’s spreading well enough that it’s still interesting, and it’s relevant enough to my interests that it’s worth pursuing. I love music, and I’ve come to associate certain songs with certain parts of my life, and it’s a fun opportunity to talk about some well-remembered songs.

Day 14 is “a song that you would love played at your wedding”, which is a super tough call as I have honestly never given a wedding the slightest thought. Besides, it seems more apt to let the bride pick her music (grooms don’t really get an entrance, unless you’re Test).

I’ll probably go with Complainte de la Butte as performed by Rufus Wainwright. I’d considered Come What May, also from Moulin Rouge, but having actually seen that it doesn’t really feel like me. (Still love that song to bits though.) Nevertheless, Complainte de la Butte’s accordion and piano, smooth Rufus Wainwright vocal, and everything-sounds-sweeter-in-French vibe would make for a lovely atmosphere at this hypothetical wedding — and the translated lyrics are quite nice, too.

Princesse de la rue, soit la bienvenue, dans mon coeur brise.