Every so often a song comes along that speaks to my soul. A song that I can listen to whether I’m happy or sad, one that I listen to on repeat.
Hallelujah is that song for me.
I first discovered the Rufus Wainwright version of the song when I saw Shrek many years ago. Shortly after I bought a new car and the previous owner had left her soundtrack to the movie in the CD player. I returned the CD to her but not until I had listened to Hallelujah approximately 50 million times.
[Hallelujah sung by Rufus Wainwright]
Hallelujah has become a song of comfort to me. The song I go to when my heart needs consoling. My personal lullaby. When I was pregnant I read somewhere that when babies are born they recognize songs they have heard over and over while in the womb. It became practice for me to sing Hallelujah quite frequently. It was around this time when I discovered that Jeff Buckley had a version of the song. I adore Jeff Buckley and his rendition is a little more raw than Rufus Wainwright’s. It instantly became my favorite.
[Hallelujah sung by Jeff Buckley]
When Elle was born, I started singing Hallelujah to her when she was going through fussy stages. It might be my imagination, but it seemed to soothe her. At night when I was rocking her, or after I had put her in her crib, in the car while we were driving, or during the day when she was inconsolable.
The other day I was listening to Pandora Radio and kd lang’s version of Hallelujah started playing. I was immediately enraptured. I tweeted about her gorrrrrrrrrrrrgeous version and @SuziQOregon turned me onto the below video with a warning that I should grab the box of tissues before watching.
I didn’t have a chance to listen to kd lang singing Hallelujah until I was in my car driving through Dallas rush hour traffic (don’t worry–had plugged into stereo, so no watching). When she started singing about the secret chord–the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall, the major lift–my body became covered in goosebumps. By the time she got to Deliliah drawing the Hallelujah from Samson’s lips, I was in tears. The cold and the broken Hallelujah had me sobbing. Heaving Uncontrollable Sobbing.
It is the most beautiful thing I have EVER heard.
A haunting that pierces deep within. I love it so hard it hurts.
[Hallelujah sung by kd lang]
[Hallelujah sung by the original artist Leonard Cohen]
And there are so many more renditions of this beautiful song. I’m not a fan of Leonard Cohen’s version, but I appreciate it.
What song speaks to your soul?