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TWO MUSICAL WORKS OF BEAUTY

It’s Thanksgiving in the U.S., and between the turkey and the football not many people will visit this blog today.

If I write about radio, six people will read this.

And I don’t want to write one of those “I’m thankful for…” essays.

But somehow it seems natural to share with you two powerful musical performances. There’s a good chance you’ve seen one or both of them, along with millions of others on YouTube.

Still….

I thought John Cale had the definitive version of this Leonard Cohen song until I witnessed kd Lang’s performance.

Not saying one is better. Just different.

Cale’s is mournful. Lang’s is anguished.

I will say, though, that I had a better understanding of what the song’s about after hearing Lang.

Anyway…Happy Thanksgiving, my radio brethren around the world.

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  • Anonymous November 26, 2009, 4:36 am

    Dan,

    During the 2005 Canadian awards, The Junos, a barefooted KD Lang brought the house down. It was a show stopping moment and we were only half way through the telecast awards show!

  • Priit Vare November 26, 2009, 5:20 am

    No Thanksgiving in Estonia, 100% pure work! But thank you for the blog!

  • Dan O'Day November 26, 2009, 9:30 am

    @Priit: You’re one of the six people reference above.

    Probably you want to take time today to register for PD Grad School….