Heaven and Hallelujah

Above the clouds… is this heaven?

Where I know a lot of music and listen to many genres, I very rarely remember the names of songs or artists, let alone know which songs are classified as acoustic, or anything else for that matter.

Acoustic music is music that solely or primarily uses instruments that produce sound through acoustic means, as opposed to electric or electronic means. While all music was once acoustic, the retronym “acoustic music” appeared after the advent of electric instruments, such as the electric guitar, electric violin, electric organ and synthesizer. Acoustic string instrumentations had long been a subset of popular music, particularly in folk. It stood in contrast to various other types of music in various eras, including big band music in the pre-rock era, and electric music in the rock era.

Music reviewer Craig Conley suggests, “When music is labeled acoustic, unplugged, or unwired, the assumption seems to be that other types of music are cluttered by technology and overproduction and therefore aren’t as pure”.


No acoustic versions of songs came to mind, but a quick search revealed several lists of acoustic songs, of which I want to highlight three, for different reasons.

Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin

At the end of every year, starting on Christmas Day, the Top 2000 airs on one of our main radio stations. Master T and I love to listen to it, especially on New Year’s Eve when, just before midnight, the number one song is heard. In the top 20, many extended versions of songs are played. One song that has always been in the top 5 since the Top 2000 started in 1999, is Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin. The moment I hear the intro of the song, something happens. I feel the music. It’s not a song I want to sing along to. No, it’s a song where I want to listen, not for the lyrics, but the music itself. It’s brilliant.

Hallelujah – Lisa Loïs

Where I absolutely love the original version of this song by Leonard Cohen, it has been covered many, many times over the years, and there are some really good ones out there. However, I chose to highlight this version by Lisa, a Dutch singer, who won X-factor in 2009 with her version of Hallelujah. This was back in the days where we still watched every talent competition, and Lisa was a favorite of mine from the beginning, because of her fabulous voice.

Listening to this acoustic version literally gave me goosebumps all over, and as always brought tears to my eyes. She has so much control over her voice, and masterly performs this song.

Tears In Heaven – Eric Clapton

This song is written about the death of Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor, something that always goes through my mind when I hear Tears In Heaven.

This is a difficult week for me. Tears are never far away, as we approach the third anniversary of my mom’s passing. Yesterday, I shared a memory, and this song just brought some of the pain to the surface again.

Would you know my name
If I saw you in heaven?
Would it be the same
If I saw you in heaven?
I must be strong and carry on
‘Cause I know I don’t belong here in heaven

Would you hold my hand
If I saw you in heaven?
Would you help me stand
If I saw you in heaven?
I’ll find my way through night and day
‘Cause I know I just can’t stay here in heaven

If there is one thing I absolutely know for sure, it is that my mom would want me to live my life, to ‘be strong and carry on’ and to ‘find my way through night and day’ just like the song says. Her life ended too soon, and where her passing changed my life so completely, mine didn’t end with hers. These are all rational thoughts, things I know, but also things that are so far from my mind when I am sad. Then I have thoughts about her in heaven, wondering whether she would know who I am. I have thoughts about how much I need her to hold my hand, how I miss her support, her wisdom, the things we shared.

While up to three years ago Tears In Heaven only brought on thoughts of how terrible it must be to lose a child, ever since it makes me look up at the clouds, imagining mom there somewhere, and wishing I could be with her just for a couple of moment, just to hear her encouraging words, so I can indeed carry on and find my way.

© Rebel’s Notes

Musically Ranting

12 thoughts on “Heaven and Hallelujah

  1. I love songs for the emotions they can evoke. They make me feel like my feelings are heard somehow, which really helps me. It’s interesting and sad and good how the meaning of the tears song changed or became bigger after the passing of your mum. Sending you a hug❤️

    1. Thank you, ML. I think songs that evoke emotions stay with us much longer than those that don’t.

  2. What beautiful meditative songs! It’s as if I heard them again for the first time….so poetic…drawing me to go into my heart and listen with my heart and not my intellect. Thank you, Marie, for sharing such meaningful songs & lyrics during your time of remembering your mother, your relationship, and how you have journeyed to this here and now.

    1. These songs are very special to me, especially in this time. Hallelujah, and especially this version, was one of my mom’s favorites.

  3. 3 very beautiful songs 🙂
    Hallelujah is one of my favorites, and you’re right, this version is amazing!

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