Hallelujah…by Leonard Cohen

It’s a song that’s been done by everyone from Bono to Justin Timberlake to your neighbor down the street. But who sings your favorite version of Hallelujah? Leonard Cohen wrote the song in 1984. Let’s see, that would make me around 6 years old. But I’d have to wait almost 20 years to have my first memory of anyone performing the song. It was a small show in the upstairs venue of Bongo Java in Nashville when I heard Kevin Max sing it with just his iconic voice and a piano. How lucky am I that the first time I heard the song was by this great singer?

Since that fateful night in Bongo Java, many great singers have recorded the song, including Justin Timberlake.

Brandi Carlile.

Carlton from Fresh Prince… eh, not so much.

But probably the most well known version, and from what I’ve read the performance that made the song most popular, is Jeff Buckley’s amazing and haunting take on the classic.

-Out of the Wilderness


Uptown Funk: Smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy explained

Don’t believe me just watch! With Uptown Funk*, Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars have a huge hit on their hands. Although the song of the summer seems to be Cheerleader by Omi (click here for more on the actress in that video), Uptown Funk will long be remembered as one of the best from 2015. As soon as we all agree about the lyrics! Is it “fresh jar of Skippy” or “fresh dry skippy”? To solve this we only need to answer 5 easy questions…

1. What is a fresh dry skippy?
A. Don’t know.
B. A recently dried up plot of land where rednecks go to hunt. Or drink the moonshine.

2. Is a jar of Skippy peanut butter* smooth?
A. Yes, unless it’s clearly labeled “crunchy”
B. No

3. Is a fresh jar of Skippy smooth?
A. Very
B. Seeing the word fresh always reminds me of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air*

4. Have you ever been laid off at work?
A. No comment
B. Yes, and it went like this

5. What did Bruno Mars post on Instagram?
A.post 1
B. post 2

If you answered A to every question, you’re a winner! It’s definitely “fresh jar of Skippy.” Right? Feel free to present your arguments in the comment section below. Unless you’re out hunting on the fresh dry skippy.

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