Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Hallelujah reprised: What I missed in Japan

I missed a lot during my trip to Japan. SNL took a hit, so I am doing penance.

The SNL cast, led by Alec Baldwin (in his role as Trump) and featuring Scarlett Johansen (as Ivanka complicit), was not shown in Japan - at least I could not get it on my data package. They did a credible version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah as their cold start for their last performance of the season. I’ll make up for my missing version by the following.

Earlier, after the stunning loss by HRC, KateMcKinnon sang a teary version. … the first post-election show began with Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton playing the piano on the SNL main stage, singing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” This is the one to watch if you want to tear-up over the lost possibility of the first woman president of the US.

Other artists have done it, for example, Judy Collins and Neil Diamond and Susan Boyle and by a priest at a wedding.

But nothing beats the original song sung (well … spoken) by Cohen himself.

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