Hi all. You may have seen me here and there on the afterword posting little comments and participating in the odd discussion but nothing thread-worthy had occurred to me – that is until now. I’m listening to a lot of hip-hop at the moment so I’m used to grabbing words as they go past quickly but I must say this song and its accompanying video are something else. It’s word after word after word in the most straightforward logical way I’m sure that can possibly be imagined. I can’t take full credit for discovering this as it was sent to me by my enthusiastic dad (his hit rate is usually about 2 out of 5 for me) who is a big fan of the artist concerned. If you can think of any music that uses words as oddly and nicely as this does, I’d love to hear suggestions!
Recently, at a friend’s funeral someone sang Leonard cohen’s Hallelujah.
Afterwards at the reception my friends and I were discussing the ceremony and somebody remarked about the fact that they had changed the lyrics of hallelujah – omitted some lines, cut some verses.
A few others agreed and had noticed. Yet I, hadn’t noticed at all.
I realised that i hadn’t really tuned into the lyrics at the ceremony, that I hadn’t noticed that the lyrics had been altered and that I probably have never consciously digested the lyrics of hallelujah even though i’ve heard it a fair few times since the mid ’90s.
i realised that at some point for certain artists or possibly for any artist i just don’t tune in to the lyrics, but when i was in my teens i could recite whole albums by the jam or the clash or bowie or whatever.
and I’m trying to ascertain at what point did i stop remembering, – it’s not that i don’t like lyrics, i love them, I write them occasionally but do I care about them – probably not.
it is true that the music i most enjoy as i get older » Continue Reading.