Friday, June 17, 2011

Jeff Buckley's 'Hallelujah' and 'Mr. Rabbit' by Paul Westerberg: The Newest additions to the Scoundrel

 One of my favorite oddball songs by Paul Westerberg. I first heard this song on American Routes with Nick Spitzer (a must listen radio show for those of us that love our country as much as we love music) and immediately fell in love with it, it has a sort of child like tone to it while simultaneously being dark. Those two factors combined with Westerberg's unique guitar style and one of the catchiest riffs make this song stick in your head. I added it to the station today along with one of the best cover versions in rock and roll history: Jeff  Buckley's stunning and haunting version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah". I don't recall the first time I heard this version-it wasn't 'til after his death. I have to admit that I was not a fan of Buckley's until after he had died-I recall seeing him on Letterman and not being interested even though Dave was a huge fan. Now, every time I hear this song it stops me cold for a second. The pure emotion of Buckley's performance is near angelic in it's technical perfection while still being full of raw, visceral power.


Unknown said...

Have so enjoyed discovering your posts! Wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award: Do with it what you will.
- Sarah

The Drunken Scoundrel said...

Thank you so much for your support! I will make a point to mention it and include it on the list of what will hopefully be more in the future!