It’s a good start.
Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”
Crowe, who recorded “Hallelujah”
On YouTube, Rufus Wainright, whose Shrek-soundtrack recording, (alongside John Cale’s version in the movie itself), launched “Hallelujah”
The “Idol” television franchise, a vehicle for SonyBMG acts and licensed songs, has, for years, included Cohen’s “Hallelujah”
Allison Crowe’s video version, made for under $100.00, marches fifth on YouTube, with an audience now nearing three million people.
Crowe’s performance of Hallelujah is followed by: Amanda Jenssen, (the Swedish “Idol” runner-up has 2.6 million viewers); America’s Kate Voegele (and an audience of 2.3 million), John Cale (who selected the Cohen lyrics most often used by performers, attracts 1.8 million); Jason Castro (an “American Idol” contestant, has his devotees numbering 1.4 million); and Diana Vickers, (a contestant on the UK’s “X Factor”) rounds out the top ten “Hallelujahs”
Leonard Cohen, the original, whose 1980s German television version has 6.4 million views, has rarely sounded better performing “Hallelujah”
On a different stage, but, also fun and bringing together an array of musicians this season is the inaugural ‘Lyrics for Life’ auction organized by multi-platinum recording artist Jewel to raise funds for Project Clean Water ( http://www.jeweljk.com/?
Allison Crowe's delighted she could contribute with lyrics to her song, "Silence" which sold at auction for US $205.00. Others helping raise the banner for better water include: Katy Perry, whose "I Kissed A Girl" lyrics - written on an Obama O's cereal box - brought in $175.00; Pussycat Dolls "I Don't Need a Man" ($155.00); heartland-rocker John Mellencamp's "Longest Days" ($425.00); new country's Carrie Underwood's "So Small" ($795.00); Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" ($120.00); Jason Mraz's "I'm Yours" ($400.00); Josh Groban's "Remember When It Rained" ($100.00); and, fellow Canadian, David Foster's handwritten and signed music for "St. Elmo's Fire" ($60.00).
Collectively, over US $10,000 was raised for the cause in this unique way.
And the year’s just begun.