Pag, Pagliaro, Michel Pagliaro, Leonard Cohen
Pag, Pagliaro, Michel Pagliaro, Leonard Cohen

Michel Pagliaro: The Future

Michel Pagliaro - "The Future" (YouTube): There appears to be a conspiracy suggesting this is the 30th anniversary of Leonard Cohen's inspirational song, "Hallelujah". As far as I can determine, he originally released the song on his album Various Positions that came out in 1984. Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a cover by John Cale, which inspired a cover by Jeff Buckley. Since 1991, "Hallelujah" has been performed by a wide variety of singers — over 300 and in various languages. Different interpretations of the song may include different verses out of the over 80 verses Cohen originally wrote.

Rather than celebrate this celebrated song I have selected "The Future" — the title track from his ninth album that was released in 1992. It was a political album, in part inspired by the bringing down of the Berlin Wall. Here's fellow Montrealer Michel Pagliaro adding his own passionate bite to the verses. Pag recently released his own greatest hits Collection and joined Lennie in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.

 

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