Jason Castro Drags Leonard Cohen Into The “American Idol” Spotlight

noah | March 4, 2008 9:01 am

American Idol hopeful Jason Castro performed his take on the Jeff Buckley interpretation of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” that won huzzahs from the judges tonight, thus continuing the long, strange journey of Cohen’s song from hyperserious-to-an-almost-satirical-point track to something that everyone, even Simon Cowell, can be moved by. Frequent Idolator guestblogger Mike Barthel wrote a paper on the trajectory of the song–complete with graph!–for last year’s EMP Pop Music Conference, and it’s pretty key reading for anyone who wants to know more about this track that, judging by our Google hits over the past 30 minutes, has been “hidden in plain sight” since its first release some 20-or-so years ago. [clapclap.org]