I didn't listen to the "three young dudes", sorry. I came here for k.d. lang's performance of the song in that particular video
. I agree that it was amazing, and more than that: it was so "true" and absolutely gut-wrenching.
I also agree that k.d. lang wouldn't have been able to sing like that when she was young.
But there is one more thing about the video that gets to me, and which makes it even more honest and "true" to me. It is k.d. lang's completely, almost brutally "un-glamorous" appearance on stage. She is almost "naked" about who she is. She appears to wear no makeup, and she definitely wears no jewellery. Her short hair has not been styled in any way. She is barefoot. Her clothes remind me slightly of a bathrobe. She is a bit overweight. She walks around on stage, for no particular reason, except that it is the most natural thing for her.
k.d. lang puts herself on stage and says to her audience: This is me. I won't pretend to look like someone I am not. Now I'll sing to you as the person that I am, and I'll show you what Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah means to me as the person that I am.
There is another youtube version of k.d. lang singing Hallulujah
, and that is from the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Vancouver in 2010. But on that occasion, k.d. lang couldn't walk around barefoot on stage in a bathrobe. She had to look properly stylish for the Olympic Games, and so she is wearing a relatively elegant white jacket, white shirt and pants. Her hair is at least somewhat styled.
k.d. lang is trying to look properly elegant for the Olympics. I think that harms her performance a little bit. She can't concentrate completely on reaching into her heart and into everything that is herself when she is singing that song. She has to put on a performance for the Olympics, and in a way she has to be someone she is not when singing the song that has to come from the depth of her experience.
But here barefoot, bathrobed version of Hallelujah is