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Brains celebrates the new year a little late!
The Hobbit: The Misty Mountains covered acapella, by one guy. Peter Hollens does a very convincing multi-voiced piece all by himself.

Do you like Leonard Cohen? Of course you do! Do you like pain? Of course you do, you like Leonard Cohen! Therefore, you will love this Christian (or Christianist) re-write, with Youtube recordings, of Cohen's masterpiece, "Hallelujah." (I disagree with Jessica that it's "The Best Song Ever." It's awesome, but nothing will drive me to tears faster than Cohen's "Thousand Kisses Deep.")

Phrase of the day: agnotologic capitalism: a capitalism systematically based on the production and maintenance of ignorance. Unfortunately, I don't think the writer goes deep enough into the willful participation of the ignorant. They really would rather not know how deeply dipped in shit we all are.

Ah, Victor Davis Hanson. I've actually read a few of his histories, and found them bracing and manly. Which is why his descent into a whining wingnut cretin grates so on the nerves. Davis refuses to take the world as it is-- refuses to even try to understand the world as it is-- and instead wishes we went back to a time when naked oil wrestling was the way real men settled disputes. Only, in a purely heterosexual way.

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acelightning From: acelightning Date: January 12th, 2013 04:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Dear Gods, that butchery of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is making my brain bleed! That's one of my favorite songs, of course. But chopping the scansion into irregular shards, and abandoning the entire structure of the poetry in order to jam the heavy-handed message in where it can't fit... *shakes head* No. Just no.

In particular, I shudder to think of what a talentless Jesus freak would do with:
"There was a time you let me know
What's really going on below,
But now you never show it to me, do ya?
Remember when I moved in you -
The Holy Dove was moving too,
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah..."

(To me, that's one of the most beautiful expressions of the sacredness of sexuality that isn't explicitly Pagan.)

But perhaps Cohen gets the last word after all:
"...And, even though it all went wrong,
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah..."

srmalloy From: srmalloy Date: January 20th, 2013 03:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Something I didn't realize, either when I read The Hobbit years ago, or watching the movie, or the trailers of Armitage and the other dwarves singing that song -- it wasn't until I'd dug up the whole poem to memorize it -- was that Tolkien put in a rude bit of contradiction. From the poem, and everything about Thorin and the other dwarves going back to Lonely Mountain just points up the fact that not only is the gold that Smaug drove them away from not "long-forgotten", but that they have been positively obsessing over how to get it back. I suppose that Tolkien felt that it flowed better that way, even if it was false-to-fact.
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