I was idly watching the magic technology of the Olympics opening ceremony last night when I got my socks blown off.
I suspect that KD Lang’s rendition of Hallelujah at the opening ceremony is the definitive performance of the song.
Many other artists have sung Hallelujah — I’ve heard Rufus perform it live, twice — and Lang has performed it many times.
I don’t hear well, and haven’t since I was in service, so much of the nuance and beauty of music is lost to me. Over the years, I’ve listened to devotees of classical music talk about the definitive performance of this or that, but I’ve never understood, really, why one version was so much different from the others. I think I understand now, what they are talking about. This performance was transformational.
Hallelujah is worth a few minutes of your time, I believe, if you didn’t see it. It is even worth waiting through NBC’s 30-second commercial to get to it.