You’d think the broadcaster of the winter Olympics would get the host country’s name correct but according to one subtitle on the 9 news the other night the Games are in Candadia! So, greetings to all our Candadian readers.
At the opening ceremony tonight kd lang gave a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s song ‘Hallelujah’ but do people actually listen to the lyrics of the song? I think kd left out the final two verses but there was enough in there to suggest that while the tune is gorgeous the lyrics are completely inappropriate:
Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you
To a kitchen chair
She broke your throne, and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the Hallelujah
There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
I suspect that the image of someone being tied to a kitchen chair has nothing to do with ice hockey or ski jumping, though those crazy Canadians have got a wicked sense of humour. (I wonder what the Pope thought when he heard the song in Sydney last year?)
Of course, the highlight of the interminable evening was the interview between well-known winter sports expert and music critic Eddie McGuire and Ms lang. Eddie is the only person who uses the words fantastic, incredible and amazing more than I do! But he adds wonderful a lot and I have managed to largely eliminate that from my vocabulary.
Having interviewed kd a few years back when she released Songs From The 49th Parallel I have to say that she is a delightful person. So delightful that she dealt with Eddie’s numerous ‘how does it feel?’ questions with aplomb. (I once read somewhere that the question ‘How do you feel?’ is the sign of the bankrupt interviewer).
Poor Ken Sutcliffe was relegated to second banana, though his interviews were far better. Don’t the bosses at 9 remember that Eddie’s performance as CEO was not fantastic, incredible or amazing.
As for the opening ceremony itself, I reckon Eddie could try and convince you that a snail race is exciting. But he will never come close to the great Darrell Eastlake. who would actually make it sound exciting.