Friday, January 22, 2010
If you ever doubted music's power to reach within our soul, whoever we are, whichever our station in life, or whatever our fortune by an accident of where we were born, then listen to this.
Tonight's Haiti telethon was reverential, respectful, and, at least in part, with Wyclef Jean's spirited finale, redemptive.
There were many remarkable performances - Bruce sang 'We Shall Overcome', Sting and The Roots blew the roof off with 'Driven To Tears', while Stevie Wonder's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' was damn near perfect.
But this - this - version of Leonard Cohen's signature anthem by Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris, was simply breathtaking.
God bless music.
(You can download all of tonight's performances through iTunes in support of the disaster relief efforts in Haiti)