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Thrones of words November 23, 2006

Posted by thebeam in The Byways.

After I wrote Thankya Sai, I say Hallelujah, I started to watch the progress of the work of music I referenced, as it percolates through our culture. Much has been said about how fragmented our society has become as a result of the stunning multiplication of channels of information available today, but little has been addressed in terms of how no matter how diverse the flow becomes, once in a while the streams converge and we flow along in the same path.

This seems to be the case with the Jeff Buckley cover version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” – another television show will be featuring that this Thanksgiving evening, a ‘special episode’ of the long running television series “ER.”

As well as “ER,” Jeff Buckley’s version has appeared in  “Criminal Minds,” “House M.D.”, “The OC,” “Without a Trace” and too many other shows to count.

There is something in this song which must be reaching out to people, whether they are those executives who think they make the programming decisions, or those common people who somehow manage to get their voices heard by the ‘decision makers’

Either way, the song is gaining traction, and I suspect that it will be some time before this particular wave crests. My sense is that the swell is still building. Underneath that is a hunger for something, maybe a faith that transcends the troubled times we live in, maybe just a voice of hope.

Maybe this verse from Leonard Cohen’s version says it well: 

There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Life and Hearts is in session. Are you ready to Hunt the Bitch?



1. TV - April 20, 2009

Very interesting circular connection. We started off reviewing the article “A Darker Shade of Blue”. It was used as reference material for a class one of our co-workers just returned from. So, I was looking for it on the web and came across your site. Ironically, our other co-workers had played a vicious game of Hearts today during lunch and I just received the fifth installment of the “Dark Tower” two weeks ago from my counterpart in our office. Coincidence? Oh, and I’ve been trying to learn how to play Hallelujah.

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