Hallelujah, Easter Version by Kelley Mooney
This is an updated version of an earlier post. In the meantime, this video has gone viral on GodVine.com and currently has over 4 million YouTube views.
The first time I heard the song Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen was when K D Lang sang it at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
I had never even heard of the song or of K D Lang but I was mesmerized, especially by the haunting melody! So was the Olympic audience and, probably, the worldwide audience.
But as I learned the lyrics I was very disappointed at the incomplete and distorted view it gave of Jesus Christ and the title of the song which means “Praise the Lord” to Christians.
Yesterday, I learned for the first time that there are two “legal” modified sets of lyrics set to the same haunting melody.
One is a Christmas adaptation which I will share next Christmas season.
The other is by Canadian Kelley Mooney who will explain how she became involved with the song and then will sing it with back up from a group of teens.
Kelley wrote the new lyrics (with permission) and they are keyed to Easter.
She has recorded a CD entitled Tomorrow with this song prominently featured.
There are several versions of Kelley Mooney singing the Easter Version of Hallelujah on YouTube. My personal favorite is the original one shown below. It was the first public performance of the song and includes a youth choir. Later versions include a more formal performance with a large adult choir and some adaptations of her CD version with slide show video added. You can find them all by Googling Hallelujah Kelley Mooney
Now enjoy the Easter Version of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
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