A friend of mine and I were talking about music the other day. I told her that one of my favorite songs is Hallelujah, sung by Jeff Buckley. She was appalled that I would listen to "Christian" music. I told her that is so much more than that. It is religion, sadness, love and searching. I think it is beautiful. Does anyone else like /love it? I also like Appalachian music, a lot of which is religious. I love all kinds of music.
I absolutely love the song as well. I don't see it being religious. From Leonard Cohen, the writer: Leonard Cohen explained: "Hallelujah is a Hebrew word which means 'Glory to the Lord.' The song explains that many kinds of Hallelujahs do exist. I say: All the perfect and broken Hallelujahs have an equal value. It's a desire to affirm my faith in life, not in some formal religious way but with enthusiasm, with emotion."
k. d. lang's version is spine-chilling. Search "K.D. Lang sings Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah" on Youtube. The last full minute of the video is a standing ovation.
Good music is good music, period. I remember, some years ago, there was ciontroversy about Israel playing Richard Wagner's music in concerts, both because he was an anti semite, and because he was Hitler's favorite composer. Thankfully, rational opnions ruled the day, and Wagner's magnificent compositions were played there.
I love it too. My favorite carole is O Holy Night. I love to sing it because it is beautiful. Why should anyone be appalled by you liking something pretty. It doesn't mean you are be unfaithful to your beliefs. I say OMG but it doesn't mean I believe in him.
@hemingwaykitten You wrote ""Hallejuah," written by Leonard Cohen, is not a Christian song. He said this in interviews. Christians often mistake it for one. Tell your friend it was written by a brilliant Jew who sought to capture the feeling of a religious song in secular situations." Your comment implies that the author of this post has to explain away her song choices - it's not necessary to know the origins or history of a song be it secular or Christian. If her friend takes offense to her music choices that is on her. Just like if you take offense to my comment which was in no way offensive - that's on you. It's not my responsibility to take everyone's sensibilities or fragile ego into consideration before I leave a comment.
k d lang sings it best. ...THE TURTLES SING A SONG ENTIRELY of bible verses: TURN TURN TURN. ...our Atheism is not about sterilizing religious influences out of life.....our Atheism is about science, passion for truth and creativity unleashed from heaven bribes & hell threats. ... the good of religions come from caring communities and healthy commitment to greater values or purpose....Hallelujah is pure celebration longing and love redeeming one another. ...adding a non-existent alleged gawd to the mix is mere placebo
Thought you might appreciate a song co-written and sung by Jeff's father, Tim Buckley. it is also about love, searching and sadness. Tim appeared on the monkees tv show in '68 and sang this hauntingly beautiful song which touches me in a way that's hard to describe. Tim died of an overdose when Jeff was about 6, and tragically, Jeff drowned...which makes this song, Song to the Siren, even more gut wrenching.
Long afloat on shipless oceans
I did all my best to smile
'Til your singing eyes and fingers
Drew me loving to your isle
And you sang
Sail to me, sail to me
Let me enfold you
Here I am, here I am
Waiting to hold you
Did I dream you dreamed about me ? Were you hare when I was fox ? Now my foolish boat is leaning
Broken lovelorn on your rocks
For you sing
'Touch me not, touch me not
Come back tomorrow
Oh my heart, oh my heart
Shies from the sorrow'
I am puzzled as the oyster
I am troubled as the tide
Should I stand amid your breakers ? Or should I lie with death my bride ? Hear me sing
'Swim to me, swim to me
Let me enfold you
Here I am, here I am
Waiting to hold you'
That's ridiculous, you can still be non-religious or anti-religious and still listening to music that puts "spiritual" beliefs in the limelight. A lot of bands I currently listen to either believe in god, or have some sort of new age belief. Even if I don't believe in any of that its about separating yourself from the artist and the art itself.
If we are to disregard music because it has religious references or meanings we will have to throw out the vast majority of classical music, early American music, negro spirituals that shaped so much of our modern jazz music, and country music. Then we need to get rid of religious references in literature, film, and theater. And don't forget the great works of art. Just because we choose to not be religious doesn't mean we can't appreciate beauty wherever it is to be found. One of the things that led me out of religion was my search for truth wherever it was. We shouldn't be afraid of beauty communicated in religious work.
I grew up on religious music, blue grass & the like. I love the harmonies & the echos of the old country in the music. I'm not a fan of gospel as far as the message is concerned but the harmonies & musoc itself can be appreciated. I don't see why a lack of religious belief means I can't enjoy Gregorian chants, classical music that was specifically written as church music, or any other genre of music.