Thursday, January 26, 2006

Chords for change to end The West Wing?

Been busy writing two long (forthcoming) articles about how the Swedish “Liberal” party turned right. But through Jocke (thanks) I found an interesting discussion about The West Wing (in Swedish). Apparently Jon Bon Jovi will appear in season seven, which sounds pretty lame compared to the music that has been used previously in the series (“Brothers in Arms” by Dire Straits, Jeff Buckley’s amazing versions of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, the concert with Yo-Yo Ma, and James Taylor playing live in the White House).

Since I have been both to John Kerry-rally in Milwaukee where Jon Bon Jovi played (although I missed most of it because of heavy traffic and bad weather), and a Democratic fundraising event in Washington DC where James Taylor played among others, I can say I prefer the latter. But why not ask the other guy from New Jersey to play live in the last-ever episode of The West Wing?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree about the other guy from new jersey. But I can't believe that you prefer Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah! Not that it's bad, it's great, but he can't beat Cohen.


30/1/06 02:59  
Blogger Eric Sundström said...

Both versions are fantastic, but I have so many memories connected to Buckley's Hallelujah. But I have never really understood the difference in the lyrics?!

30/1/06 08:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There actually exits about 15 verses to the song, and Cohen often used to change between them when he played live. The version on Various positions is kind of religious with the biblical theme, but later on he recorded another version which is similar to the one Jeff Buckley sings. I think this version is only to be found on "the essential Leonard Cohen", but I could be wrong


30/1/06 19:31  

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