Apr. 14th, 2009 09:11 am
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Does anyone know of a cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallulejah that has his lyrics, not the Wainwright lyrics?

I love the song, but really, I love the lyrics of the Cohen version and the beat of the Wainwright cover.

I want the best of both worlds.
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My current Top 10 -

1.  "China in Your Hand" by T'Pau - the album version.  You know the one where it's about Frankenstein, and the about Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein, all in the same song.

"Oh hands move and heart beat on
Now life will return in this electric storm"

Bet you never heard that version....

2.  "Africa" by Toto (the 12 inch version) - because sometimes you just need a dance beat to stay awake.  How high this is shows that this is my prefered dance beat.

3.  "Banned From Arkham" by Terence Chau - 'Cause Cthulu humor is of the good.

4.  "Syacamore Tree" by Seanan McGuire - must get her albums when I can afford them.  

5.  "Skullcrusher Mountain" by Jonathan Coulton - mad scientist love song.  Makes me wanna giggle.  Who doesn't want a monkey-pony?

6.  "I'm Still Here"  by John Rzezncik.  I just like the song.  Clearly, a lot.

7.   "Twist the Knife" by Shakespeare's Sister - 'cause they made a song besides Stay that is very good.  This one has outsted Stay.

8.   "White Rabbit" by Jefferson Airplane - because Supernatural has a hold of my life.

9.    "Carry on my Wayward Son" by Kansas - what, you are surprised by yet another Supernatural song?

10.   "Dance with Sleeping" by Melissa Etheridge - Just because.  It got me through a very rough summer.  Sometimes all you can do is dance.
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So, thanks to a friend, I got some new filk.  Now I need to get this...

Did you know they made a Cthulu musical?

I didn't.  Now I know.

Really.  Tentacles.

It matches the scansion, my precious, it does.  I needz this, I do.
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I need sleep.  I need fun.  I need it to be warm and not damp.

Not going to happen.

So I turn to Jonathan Coulton.

He's a genius.

From  Skullcrusher Mountain -

" I made this half-pony half-monkey monster to please you
But I get the feeling that you don’t like it
What’s with all the screaming?
You like monkeys, you like ponies
Maybe you don’t like monsters so much
Maybe I used too many monkeys
Isn’t it enough to know that I ruined a pony making a gift for you? "

How can that not make the day better?  I mean, a flying pony! 


Jan. 11th, 2008 10:17 am
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So many of memories are linked to music.

This song came on, and all I can remember is the Atari Journey Escape Video game.  I spent hours and hours and hours playing - trying desperately to get to the next level as this song played.

Hours and hours and hours.  I was very... stubborn.

Never did get to that next level.   I don't think I ever really gave up, I think my cousin replaced the video game system with a new one on which the game didn't work.  As selling the old game system was a vital part of getting a new one (to help defray the cost), I lost the opportunity to finish it.

Now I would just google the game and find out how one finished that level that stumped me.  But this was before the internet. 


Apr. 3rd, 2007 12:56 pm
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So, I rediscovered Stevie Nicks.

And Fleetwood Mac.

<whimpers>  I find I like more and more of my mother's music as I get older.

Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Heart, Pat Benatar.

Her Heart tape was the only tape of her's I stole when I went off to college.  Now I wish I had taken the Pat Benatar "Best Shots" and  her Stevie Nicks.

Must make a trip to the used CD store soon. 


Mar. 7th, 2007 12:41 pm
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Did you know there were two different versions of Hallujah?  There's the Jeff Buckley version as per the Shrek soundtrack - it's a song about love gone wrong and overall, paints love as something that is always depressing and bad.

Then there's the original Leonard Cohen version.  It's got the same two first verses - setting up the metaphor for love as music, but then it changes.  Where the other one is a bitter hymn to how bad love is - the Cohen version is defiantly of the opinion that while  this love went bad, when he meets his maker, at least he will know he gave love a try.  Not love as always bad, but as always worth trying for.  It's amazing to me how it changes the whole song.

Cohen version is the one I loved and knew, couldn't remember it, found the Buckley version, was always feeling that the song was 'off' and now that I found the Cohen version, I can get it out of my head.

Cohen -  two bits -

3rd verse (bit)
"There's a blaze of light
In every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah "

4th verse (bit)
"And even though
It all went wrong
I'll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah"
Buckely - 

entire 4th verse
well, maybe there's a god above
but all i've ever learned from love
was how to shoot somebody who outdrew you
it's not a cry that you hear at night
it's not somebody who's seen the light
it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah"

On another note -  Never running another game again.  Some people have the talent, and some people suck with a giant S.  I am in the latter category.

I gave it a shot, too long of a shot, and now am done.  It's kinda a relief. 

But it does mean no Eberron campaign. 
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Songs I am Listening to:

1. "Bleed for Me" Saliva - Daredevil Soundtrack
I loved the Daredevil Soundtrack - it's one of the few CDs I bought new after the RIAA started sueing people. I have a policy to not buy CDs new - but the music was so good, I had to break down and buy it. This song is one my favorite one from the soundtrack.

2. "Defying Gravity" - Wicked Soundtrack -
I heard bits of the Wicked Soundtrack during Halloween of last year and it became my favorite musical. A musical where the majority women's songs are about each other - or the plot (not the romantic plot, the main plot)? The story of the two friends is more important then the story of them and their boy, and really, how often is women's friendship made more important than their love stories? This song is about not letting anyone hold you back.

3. & 4. "Don't Tell Me" - Avril Lavigne and "My Happy Ending" - Avril Lavigne
Avril is my favorite singer right now. In the songs she sings, the girls who are done wrong get angry, not moping. And I always favored clean anger over despair. These are the only two I have at work.

I wish she had been around when I was in high school.

"My Happy Ending" is on Ghost's List.

5. Resist - Rush
Rush is on my long-term list of songs. Resist is one my decision songs

6. Stories I Tell - Toad the Wet Sprocket
This is a band that really resonates with me, and this song in particular. I am glad I found my TtWS CDs. As far I know, I am the only one who likes this band.

7. All Fired Up - Pat Benatar
This is a Ghost song - it's the song I picked up for her when we restarted the Marvel game - it's the song for her rejoining the team after the hiatus. Sadly, this did not carry through in the play, she got very dark very fast.

8. Bad Moon Rising - Credence Clearwater Revival
Only CCR can make such a unhappy song so upbeat.

The chorus is "don't go out tonight, it's bound to mean to take your life"

9. You Can Do Magic - America
This is on my playlist that I am picking Marvel stuff from.

10. DArk Secret - Matthew Sweet
From the Craft Soundtrack.

11. It's All Been Done Before - Barenaked Ladies
From my Marvel list. It's the dimension hopping song.

12. Pray Your Gods - Toad the Wet Sprocket
Also from my Marvel list

13. Long Day - Matchbox 20
It's from my Ghost List

Ghost's List
"My Happy Ending" - Avril Lavigne
"Under the Water" - Jewel
"All Fired Up" - Pat Benatar
"Long Day" - Matchbox 20

Marvel List
"Resist" - Rush
"Bad Moon Rising" - Credence Clearwater Revival
"It's All Been Done Before" - Barenaked Ladies
"Pray Your Gods" - Toad the Wet Sprocket
"Who'll Stop the Rain" - Credence Clearwater Revival
"Hero" Nickelback


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