First, a massive kudos goes to Xpraetorius for including this vid in his recent post called: ‘I love this stuff.’
Read his post, (the third paragraph is downright clever) listen to the links, and get his drift into the awesome humanity of we the people created in the image of God.
But this rendition of ‘Hallelujah,’ struck my fancy, and I’ll tell you why. It is a tribute to man’s lows and the grace of God, as told regarding David the king, and another mans wife. Each frame has purpose, see the harp, the marked piano keys, the cues, and the evident love by people in simply playing a part of the whole. ‘To ya, overthrew ya, don’t care for music do ya, through ya.’ Loved that. Do read the words below first, and full screen is a must.
David, a man after God’s heart, but subject to failure such as we. See the beauty of a woman, the test of the eyes and heart, the fail, the recovery, the worship, the restoration. See the audience as they understand, see the unity of couples, see the sweet harmony of the sound of music, see the musicians from all walks of life, see common people, and see humanity created in God’s image delighting in simple goodness.
Here are a few words from Leonard Cohens magnificent work, and do note the cadence:
Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?
It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did, well really, what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard The holy or the broken Hallelujah
I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah
(After hearing and seeing the vid, and knowing that the reality of David’s indiscretion inspired this, I wonder if it’s possible for someone to say they do not like this. If so, there may not be a heartbeat, as this song speaks more to humanity than ‘religion.’)
Then there is this second work, a tribute to the man himself, Mr. Cohen, which I find quite appealing, but for totally different reasons.
And of course, this third rendition.