Listening to good music makes the day go faster. Case in point, there’s something soothing about Jeff Buckley’s “Hallelujah” smoothing through the speakers, drinking coffee, and doing some work on a favorite novel.

Major props to Fritz, who turned me on to KEXP – 90.3 fm. This is a great radio station – the glories of Internet radio…

 

10 Responses to Hallelujah

  1. chuck says:

    I really like Buckley’s version of “Hallalujah” a lot, but I have to admit that it still sounds strange to me to hear anyone other than Leonard Cohen singing it. I really need to get DSL so I can listen to cool radio stations like the one you mention. Have you ever listened to WEFT 90.1 FM in Champaign, IL (I think they wtill broadcast online)? In the evenings, they used to have some fantastic alt-country shows. Good stuff. I miss it.

  2. Jason says:

    I haven’t, but I’ll have to add it to my list.

    I probably don’t make as much use of internet radio at home as I should. After all, I have good speakers, and a cable connection… For no particular reason, I tend to turn on local stations there (which I don’t really care about, other than the fabu 88.5 WAMU NPR station).

  3. George says:

    Also good is John Cale’s version on the Leonard Cohen tribute album, _I’m Your Fan_
    http://tinyurl.com/lagg

  4. dave says:

    that song just always sweeps over me. i was happy to hear it on kexp this morning, too.

    it’s odd to me that, while the lyrics are kind of ambiguous, the song gets used for all sorts of things. i remember that mtv or vh1 used buckley’s version of it for a video montage during the evening hours of sept. 11. that didn’t make much sense, but it sure choked me up.

    add rufus wainwright’s cover from shrek to the list. i think everyone’s done this song at some point, but buckley’s is spine-tingling.

  5. dms says:

    yes! our best export! screw microsoft and starbucks and sleepless in seattle — the real deal is kexp. the morning show (dj = jon?) is among the best radio around, i think. sometimes his shows get transcendent. transcendence is good.

  6. Jason says:

    Yep, Jon in the morning. Really solid tunes. I’m loving it.

    Glad to see you drop by David – are you back in the country? Or still in Italy?

  7. dms says:

    neither.

    iole and i left rome yesterday and arrived back in amsterdam. we’re here for two more weeks, then back to seattle. ahh, amsterdam.

    and, come to think of it, ahh, italy.

  8. fritz says:

    j– sorry to use your space for this purpose,
    but i wanted to give a shout out to
    The Notorious D-M-S.

    dms– i’m moving back to Jet City in a matter of weeks. i’d love to meet you at the HUB some day. i’ll buy you a cup of sloppy joe in trade for a story from the continent.

    any– happy there are so many Morning Faithful among the herders of words. god bless that jon in the morning cat.

  9. dms says:

    greetings from rotterdam, where the notorious dms is in the hizous.

    felix, this kicks that you are returning! looking forward to seeing you. i get back sept 15th or thereabouts.

  10. Val says:

    I did a quick sweep for the lyrics and it seems like Jeff Buckley’s lyrics to hallaluja are a bit different from the lyrics I’ve found for Leonard Cohens original. Did he take some license and rewrite some of it? Or do I need to do some more searching? There are entire verses in the Buckley version that I can’t find on pages dedicated to the cohen original.

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