PSYCHOLOGY

Thee Men Sing ‘Hallelujah’ And Their Magical Rendition Might Remind You Of The Love And Kindness Found In Christmas

Date December 7, 2018

There is no doubt about that the 1984 soulful song, ‘Hallelujah’ by Canadian artist, Leonard Cohen is a classic.

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You may know that ‘Hallelujah’ is part of the album ‘Various Positions’ but did you also know that no one ever thought it would be a hit?  Cohen’s label president had told him,

“We know you’re great, but we don’t know if you are any good.”

The funny thing is that the song did not become a hit till covers of it were done; notably, John Cale’s in 2001 which was featured in the animation, Shrek.

Currently, there are over 300 versions of the song and in different languages.

Thee Men Sing ‘Hallelujah’  And Their Magical Rendition Might Remind You Of The Love And Kindness Found In Christmas

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Before his demise in 2016, it seemed the popularity of the song disenchanted Cohen to the point that he asked that a moratorium is placed on it.

He appeared to be a fan of a minimalistic approach to music; the simplicity of the original song proves it.

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Another interesting tidbit is about the singer. Did you know he used to be a novelist and poet? He was indeed a man who loved the arts but did Celtic Thunder do justice to this bit of art?

Spine-tingling rendition

If you are eagerly waiting for the reply to the question above, then it is a resounding ‘yes.’ Celtic Thunder, the Irish singing group, brought thunder to the stage with a powerful yet soul-stirring performance, backed up by a wonderful orchestra.

Even though it was electric, its rippling effect was gentle. Only three vocalists performed the song out of the 5 in the band, and when they harmonized, it was mind-blowing.

Each voice rang out clear and distinct despite the seamless harmony.

Although the group is known for intense visual displays when on stage, the mood for this performance was subdued.

Once more, they reminded us all of the beauty of Christmas.

‘Hallelujah’ may have been sung over the length and breadth of the globe, but Celtic Thunder gave it a breath of fresh air. We loved it, and so did many others.

What fans said

On Facebook, the video has garnered over 1 million views and hundreds of comments. 

Well, there you have it, folks. ‘Hallelujah’ is a go-to song for Christmas but try the Celtic Thunder version this year.

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