The first time I heard Jeff Buckley's cover of "Hallelujah" I was sitting in my car outside a movie theater in Boston. I had just moved and I didn't know anyone, it was bitterly cold and the boy I was crazy about was 3000 miles away. I cried through the whole thing.
It's a beautiful song but then every TV show known to man has used it for some dramatic effect (including my beloved The OC) and it sort of lost it's ability to choke me up.
BUT THEN-my friend Heather posted this version yesterday and I got those familiar chills again. This one was recorded in a church and features lead vocals by that enigmatic Daniel Blue from Motopony. His voice does all manner of incredible things here but I think the backup arrangement is what really sends it over the edge for me.
Sigh, singing is the talent I covet the most. Can you even imagine being able to do this?