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    Carolina Skates to Jeff Buckley's Hallelujah

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufT6N...feature=relmfu

    Carolina's exhibition skate. I'm happy to see a skater using Jeff Buckley's music. Buckley's first and only completed studio album, Grace, is a masterpiece. Buckley died in 1997, but his music lives on. Two Hollywood biopics are planned (main one to star Reeve Carney of Broadway fame -- Penn Badgley reportedly to star in another version). I wonder if either can do justice to Buckley's story, although Carney closely resembles Buckley and he can sing and play music, as well as act.

    Carolina skated quite well, but I don't think the choreo was quite up to the music in this case. Still glad to see a skater interpreting Buckley's music.


    I'd love to see Weaver & Poje skate to Buckley's Last Goodbye and/ or So Real.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtS0rwQK_pI Last Goodbye

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aPLEW...eature=related So Real

    Live acoustic versions of both:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaP7d...eature=related

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    Sasha did a beautiful version and I like Taryn Jurgensen's version as well. It's beautiful music that lends itself well to skating.

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    ^^ Oh, thanks, I didn't know others have skated to Buckley's music, but its not surprising. Do you know where I can find clips of Sasha's and Jurgensen's skates?

    Okay, you mean Sasha Cohen -- I found it:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulcIvIQ8LkE

    Jurgensen's version sung by Alexandra Burke:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uTgF7afJK5I
    Last edited by aftershocks; 04-15-2012 at 09:31 AM.

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    Sorry, I should have posted links!

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    Sorry, I should have posted links!

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    Kostner's version was nice. But I actually felt Joubert did the best rendition to date.

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    Thanks for mentioning that Brian skated to Buckley's Hallelujah too, Marco!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Kx1_xsyLk

    I've never seen this exhibition from Brian -- very lovely skate. The emotion is felt and beautifully expressed. This skate from Brian (who is mainly known for his jumps) is more evidence that skating at its core is not mainly about the jumps. Thanks again!

    I found this montage of Brian to Hallelujah (again referenced as "by Rufus Wainwright" *):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfdJnEu3THE

    Brian also skated to Hallelujah at 2009 Worlds exhibition (which I also missed). The commentator in this clip also references Rufus Wainwright:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjupxR230sY

    Interesting that Brian has a facial resemblance to Buckley. It's been said that Jeff Buckley's music is greatly admired in France and Australia, even more so than in the U.S.

    * The song, Hallelujah, was written by Canadian singer/ songwriter, Leonard Cohen and originally released on his studio album, Various Positions, in 1984. Jeff Buckley's version of Hallelujah was released on his album, Grace, in 1994.

    Wait a minute, here is Rufus Wainwright singing Hallelujah:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmbQEQltOwM

    Wainwright sounds a lot like Buckley. I still think Brian is skating to Jeff Buckley's version, but I could be wrong. Here is Buckley's version:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIF4_Sm-rgQ

    (After re-listening, I think Brian is skating to Wainwright's version of Hallelujah, and Carolina skates to Jeff Buckley's version).
    Last edited by aftershocks; 04-16-2012 at 03:55 PM.

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    Not skating but I'll probably always think of SYTYCD's Alex&Allison since it was the first time I heard the song.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J362O5kPKP8

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    Thanks tarotx, I'd never seen that either (I haven't kept up with that show). The dancers performed a wonderful interpretation.

    Anyone who is not familiar with Jeff Buckley should listen to his album, Grace, and btw also read the 33 1/3 series book, Grace, by Daphne A. Brooks (a beautiful critique/ tribute to Buckley's art).

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    Quote Originally Posted by aftershocks View Post
    Thanks for mentioning that Brian skated to Buckley's Hallelujah too, Marco!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R_Kx1_xsyLk

    I've never seen this exhibition from Brian -- very lovely skate. The emotion is felt and beautifully expressed. This skate from Brian (who is mainly known for his jumps) is more evidence that skating at its core is not mainly about the jumps. Thanks again!
    Thanks aftershocks for the link. Just rewatched it. Still a heart warming skate. So innately musical and such clean line and edges. It is utterly ironic that one line had "you don't really care for music do you" but it turned out to be his most musical performance yet.

    I was especially impressed with this skate because it came right after his loss at Worlds to someone who didn't have a quad for the second year in a roll and he was being criticised (including by me) for "just being a jumper".

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