A Hallelujah for Our Times

Every turning point needs a song, an anthem to capture the spirit of the time and hope for what comes next.

KadmusArts believes the highest culture can be found in the lowest, as well as the lowest in the highest — in the end art is art, and culture sings for us all. Hence the recognition of what UK television’s X Factor has accomplished. Alexandra Burke wins the competition with her version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.

Now, Cohen’s Hallelujah is poised to be a number one hit single for the holiday season.

What a perfect anthem for our times. Hallelujah is gruff and tough, and echoes a desire for steadiness. Cohen combines a well-earned wisdom with a profound hope for what is coming.

Spend a few minutes with these versions, and you, too, will be singing Hallelujah!

Leonard in the seventies:

John Cale:
K.D. Lang:

Sheryl Crow:
Jeff Buckley:

Rufus Wainwright:
Allison Crowe:

Jon Bon Jovi:
Jon Bon Jovi
Kurt Nilsen, Espen Lind, Askil Holm, Alejandro Fuentes:
Nilsen Lind Holm Fuentes

Damien Rice:
Leonard this year:

Hallelujah for our times.

- Bill Reichblum

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