A simple version of Hallelujah
September 10, 2018 8:01 PM   Subscribe

In the chaos of hurricanes, toxic politics, climate change, divided nations, and global conflict, there are still points of light. Jake Shimabukuro's "Hallelujah". Just close your eyes, clear your mind and listen.
posted by HuronBob (16 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
Jake Shimabukuro is a national treasure.
posted by blob at 8:11 PM on September 10 [2 favorites]

Hah! I had the exact same comment in mind to make, blob!

My son thinks Jake is the bee’s knees.
posted by wenestvedt at 8:21 PM on September 10 [2 favorites]

Just lovely.
posted by MovableBookLady at 9:41 PM on September 10 [1 favorite]

This is from his new album, The Greatest Day. I saw him in concert last month. He had a bass player and an electric guitarist with him and I thought "Aw, this won't be as good as Jake by himself." I couldn't have been more wrong.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 10:33 PM on September 10 [2 favorites]

Thank you.
posted by kitcat at 10:36 PM on September 10 [1 favorite]

Johnny, I remember when he was just a youtube wonder kid... nice to see he's gained the respect that he has...
posted by HuronBob at 10:44 PM on September 10

Yeah, I know him as the Ukulele weeps guy.
posted by Harald74 at 3:38 AM on September 11

Maybe I'm just emotional today but this made me cry. Go figure.
posted by damnitkage at 6:01 AM on September 11

So beautiful. Thank you on a day and time when pure beauty is so needed as a reminder there is good as well as evil in humankind.
posted by mermayd at 8:14 AM on September 11 [1 favorite]

But you don't really care for music, do ya?
posted by thursdaystoo at 9:33 AM on September 11

I got to see Jake perform live a couple of months ago. I have never seen anyone bring so much godsdamned joy to a performing stage. Like Johnny said, he had a bass player and guitarist with him, and it was so very heartening to watch him happily high-five and fist bump both of them after each song.

Let's not forget his TedX Talk from several years ago featuring a lovely version of Bohemian Rhapsody.
posted by hanov3r at 10:31 AM on September 11 [1 favorite]

This. This is why Metafilter. Thank you.
posted by eggkeeper at 11:34 AM on September 11 [1 favorite]

This is your periodic mandatory reminder that Hallelujah has the same syllable stress pattern as Waluigi.
posted by JHarris at 7:22 PM on September 11

Humanity can stop with the Hallelujah covers now. No one will ever top this.
posted by vverse23 at 9:24 PM on September 11 [1 favorite]

Utterly captivating -- thanks for sharing!
posted by PaperArtist at 6:40 AM on September 12

Had I not heard this, I would be continuing to claim that I don't like the ukulele.

Thanks for posting.
posted by she's not there at 7:36 PM on September 16

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