“Think as I think,” said a man, “or you are abominably wicked; you are a toad.” And after I thought of it, I said, “I will, then, be a toad.” ― Stephen Crane
So long, Leon, you left us some good music. As is so often said, we shall not see the likes of you again.
Is this sads day or what? That does it. I'm going shopping. And man, am I ever going to spend a lot of money too. To compensate. Here's the thing. The SNL clip about the election referenced down there, a few posts before this, upright people speaking with debilitating impediments, led to another SNL clip, apparently the same show. of Kate McKinnon, showing off her impressive depth of talent, as Hillary Clinton playing the piano and singing Hallelujah. She's super. Just super. Then ending, turning to the camera, "I'm not giving up. And neither should you." To Hillary: Give up already. Give the fuck up. What? Do you need the whole house to drop on your head? Take the fucking hint. But McKinnon did such a beautiful job with the song. Credit where it is due. Watch her here, if you like. Well. That caused to view a dozen renditions of Hallelujah. I had no idea there are soooooo many covers. I had no idea about this song and how loved it is by entertainers. I downloaded a few of the files. Oddly, a guy from some fer'ner country like Denmark or something, does the most outstanding version, but with a group of other voices. His sticks out among them. It's weird watching him audition in his native Nordic language, whatever it is and then sing other songs Country Western style and do so brilliantly. I mean this. The guy is amazing. Kurt Nilsen. The red head or blond with the gapped front teeth.So that's that.Then I thought, this is perfect for the kids to practice ASL. So I watched another dozen. And NONE of the little bastards gets it right. Not even close. Look, the lyrics are very clearly, very specifically, musical references, But you don't really care for music, do you?Well it goes like this:The fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major liftThe baffled king composing HallelujahNo one says, "fourth" no one says, "fifth", no one says clearly "minor fall" and no one say clearly "major lift" no one says clearly "baffled" and not a single one says clearly "writing" for "composing." And it pisses me right the fuck off! What are they doing, just being emotional and not being graphically clear. The song is PERFECT for being graphically CLEAR but none of them are. You wouldn't know what the fuck they're on about .Except one guy is better than the rest. We could go through it line for line and discuss our options and he misses a LOT of great chances to be picture-perfect clear but he does very well and he does better than the other nearly dozen that I endured. The rest are just stupid girls being stupid. Watch him. WATCH HIM, I said. (I'll give him 5 good years before he starts going bald.That's the thing with young blonds that are already a bit thin on top. You see that coming a decade in advance.)The whole thing made me cross. Because the musicians take great pains to get this song right. It means so much to them. But the interpreters treat it like a play thing. And that makes me angry. Except this girl signing to a young Asian dude playing guitar and singing. Still, she doesn't do "4th" and "5th" and all the other things graphically and specifically clearly either. This song is so plain and so clear that even non-signers should recognize signs but it is not possible in these people's hands. Goddamnit. I need to teach a class and use this song as the basis of getting across all the points about which I am so adamant and which ruin my viewing pleasure and done so ineptly.
It is a great song. It was one of the most covered in American Idol.
RIP Leon. McKinnon can sing, but that Hillary schtick did not work with that Cohen tribute.
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