I love it when my favourite people intersect:
All of the lyrics are Rushdie’s, taken directly from the book. It’s so rare to have music from a book actually put to music. It makes it come to fruition, somehow, like a play that’s finally staged. I also love the author cameo at the beginning, and you’ve got to admire/roll your eyes at Bono’s guts for singing a song from a book about Orpheus.
On a slightly related note, I’ve been slowly falling love with Leonard Cohen’s music, especially Halleluja. It’s a testament to his brilliance as a songwriter that I can’t actually pick a favourite version. I think I like K.D. Lang’s best – she really does have the perfect voice for this:
…but Jeff Buckley’s still manages to latch onto its pathos, and the simplicity and weakness of his voice matches the banality-vs-elevation setup of the song, although it’s definitely not as brilliant as either of the others:
…And Cohen’s own version, while not as good musically as either of the others, is actually musical, for once (unlike many of his others), and the fact that the poet himself sings it, of course, adds a layer of meaning to the song that the others simply don’t have access to.
Speaking of Cohen songs you can actually listen to, I absolutely love “Dance Me To The End Of Love,” and it’s the only Cohen song I actually prefer in his own rendition – the later one (below), rather than the earlier versions.