Friday, April 27, 2007

If it be your will...

I love Leonard Cohen. Some people find his low baritone a bit hard to listen to after a few songs...but that's sad...because his songs are stunningly written.

For those of you who may not actually know who he is...the easiest thing to say is: He wrote "Hallelujah", which was later masterfully covered by Jeff Buckley and Rufus Wainwright.

But there is a song he wrote that absolutely kills me when I hear it. It's called "If It Be Your Will." It's quite possible one of the most chilling songs I have ever heard. But Cohen is a lot like Dylan...the covers are sometimes better than the originals.

Antony covered "If It Be Your Will." You can hear it on the "Leonard Cohen I'm Your Man" soundtrack. It randomly popped up on my iPod while I was walking home tonight. I cried. It is a stunning cover. Antony has an exceptionally haunting voice that demands to be heard.

But you shouldn't just listen to it...WATCH IT. Here.

He's so inspirational. His entire body is in the music and song. He's such an odd looking guy and has such a strange physicality, it makes it that much more gut wrenching to watch as the music pours out of him.

Sorry about the lack of updates. I have been insanely busy. I'm writing this entry at 1:20 in the morning and have some blocking to go over before I head to bed. It's been a wild ride at Spring Awakening so far. I learned and rehearsed Melchior in 2 weeks and am learning the other boys right now. It has been the most remarkable experience of my life.


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