When I first came across the cool vid below that strings together two full minutes of David’s “hallelujahs,” I almost did cry out “Hallelujah!” Love that someone took the time to do that.
And right after I saw it, I heard a very interesting documentary on CBC radio about the history of the word. So when it was replayed on the radio this weekend, I couldn’t resist sharing it with you all.
I’ve always loved how David sings The First Noël (especially this one), and would love to hear the story someday of how he came to add “Hallelujah” to the lyrics … so powerful.
It’s an ancient word, one that Jesus of Nazareth himself would’ve sung way back in the day. It transcends the ages and dialects around the world.
According to the documentary, Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus repeats the word over 200 times … “you just want to salute the eternal source of love because this is such a stirring moment” … a word that transforms “imperfect humans as instruments of grace.”
Here’s the beginning of the radio doc:
Everybody’s talking Hallelujah. Yes, the book and music worlds are all atwitter about The Holy or The Broken, Alan Light’s new history of the Leonard Cohen song, Hallelujah.
The word, of course, has a much bigger story.
Next time you holler “Hallelujah!” because you lost weight or nabbed the last cab in a snowstorm, you’ll be shouting out a word that echoed in the hills of ancient Israel. After almost 3,000 years, “Hallelujah” is still a great way to express joy and exuberance. And at Christmas, the word is enthroned in all its glory in Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.
“Hallelujah” first made its appearance in the Book of Psalms in the Old Testament – a combination of two Hebrew words: “hallel”, meaning praise, and “yah” meaning God.
But it’s in Christianity that “hallelujah” – or the Latinized “alleluia” – became best known as a word of great emotional energy.
This morning, a look at the strength and mystery of this wonderful word … equally powerful at times of happiness and pain. “Hallelujah” links us to generations past who faced hard times, but had faith that light would eventually conquer darkness. Knowing this, what else can we shout?
Listen to the full podcast HERE.
And here’s a video of a house in northeast France with an LED Snowman that sings David’s First Noël!
This tweet made my New Year’s very Happy!
@danielammz I would say 99.999999% you will see that!
— Kari Sellards (@kariontour) December 31, 2012
And this one even happier!!!!! Happy Happy New Year, everyone!!!
A big THANK YOU from David for all the Holiday/Birthday greetings & gifts he received in the packages I sent. (KS) twitter.com/DavidArchie/st…
— David Archuleta (@DavidArchie) December 31, 2012