If you are planning to be home, you probably should have already headed out

“I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” by Walter Kent, Kim Gannon, and Buck Ram, sung by Lady Antebellum:


Video by Lady Antebellum

And an acoustic cover of “I’ll by Home for Christmas,” sung by Jason and Michael Castro:


Video by Jason Castro (Okay, yes, the stache is unfortunate.)

The song, wistful and haunting, first recorded in 1943, was an instant hit, resonating strongly with soldiers at the front during WWII as well as with their families. It still speaks to those who can’t be with their loved ones during the holidays (or indeed at any time).

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RIP, Leonard Cohen

For more about that “part of our journey,” click on over to these…

This really was the “Hallelujah” TV cover that started it all. In 2008, when Castro performed a vulnerable acoustic version on Idol’s top 16 week, judge Simon Cowell noted that the late Jeff Buckley’s 1994 rendition was one of his favorite recordings of all time. This resulted in a huge sales spike for Buckley’s “Hallelujah,” propelling it to the top spot on the iTunes singles chart. The single was later certified platinum, 14 years after its original release and 11 years after Buckley’s death; at the time, this was the biggest digital sales spike for a song performed by an Idol contestant. Cohen’s original and a version by Rufus Wainwright also received sales boosts, and Castro himself appeared briefly in the top spot on iTunes chart (he was removed due to Idol producers not wanting to favor any one contestant; it was a very different world then). Eight years later, Castro’s “Hallelujah” is still considered one of the greatest performances in American Idol history.

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“Hallelujah” has also been recorded by Rufus Wainwright, Bob Dylan, k.d. Lang, Bon Jovi, and countless contestants on American Idol (including season seven contestant Jason Castro, who had a minor hit with it and created another moment for Buckley’s version).

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In March 2008, after American Idol contestant Jason Castro sang Buckley’s arrangement of “Hallelujah” on Fox’s talent competition, Buckley’s recording shot to #1 on the Top Digital Songs chart.

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In 2008, during the seventh season of American Idol, Jason Castro performed Buckley’s version of the song, which propelled the late singer’s version to the top of download charts

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And you definitely want to check out Billboard’s list of 12 Most Memorable Covers of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, because it wraps up with Leonard Cohen’s own original version.

RIP, Mr. Cohen. The world has lost a poet.

Live in The Vineyard

Kicking off @liveinthevineyard with our sweet friends @johnnyswim! So great seeing you beautiful people!

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Enjoying our first stop of the day on the beautiful grounds of @lianaestates

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“Don’t Stop”!:

 

Thanks for the bootleg link, jasonnnfan!

The tour continues

Never pass up good ice cream…

🍦🍭🌞💋 see you soon, Little Rock!

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or good music!

Makin' memories in Memphis. No better way to make our Memphis debut than to perform at the @moonriverfestival !!!

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Kicking off the final day of @moonriverfestival with @castrotheband! #moonriverfest #memphis #ilovemyjob

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Loved hearing "Automatic" live at #moonriverfest from @castrotheband !!!

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Great start to the day with @castrotheband and @davidramirez! @moonriverfestival

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A little exchange from Twitter…

So there was this:

Which quote-tweeted this:

Which links back to this little bit of insta-bootleg, which I cannot embed, but you should definitely check out!

I dunno, I’m not tired of it yet…

There’s this piece in The New York Times: How Pop Culture Wore Out Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’.

“Hallelujah” survived the doctor dramas and the evening-soap finales, but it almost succumbed to reality TV, where unseasoned vocalists repeatedly tried to impress their judges by remaking it with big runs and rococo flourishes. Jason Castro delivered the most celebrated “Idol” performance

 
So here’s the thing, Mr. Murray–Jason’s performance is the most celebrated because he did the opposite of “remaking it with big runs and rococo flourishes”; he sang as stripped down a version as there can be, and he still does, which is what lets the emotion shine through. And it’s always beautiful.

That is all.

Set your recording devices!

Because you are going to watch The Wendy Williams Show‘s Thanksgiving episode, airing November 24!!

Be on the lookout for that thanksgiving @wendyshow show episode! #howyoudoin

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We just got done singing on The Wendy Williams Show! Watch us on the Thanksgiving episode 11/24 💛 @wendyshow

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Thanks for the heads up, Jasonized!

A “don’t miss” interview piece from Billboard

Jason on touring with his sibs:

[…] Jason says he couldn’t be happier.

“There’s no one else I’d rather travel with,” Castro tells Billboard. “Truth is, being on the road is a challenge for anybody with anybody and being with family kind of makes it a lot easier. It at least makes it feel a bit more like home, and I’m just excited to share this whole process with them.”

 
Check out the full article on Billboard.com. (It’s really good!)

Touring with Delta Rae

On the road again:

(It’s all about the coffee.)

one. more. week. #DiamondDreamsEP

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And there was a Copian in the house! (Well, on the street, anyway.) Don’t miss sierrach’s (thank you, sierrach!) recap in our forums, and this photo:

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Photo by Lee Christenson

 
Then onward to Cleveland:

Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH

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Cleveland, OH ✨

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Doing my best @jackie_castro pose here in Cleveland! See you tonight @ Beachland Ballroom!

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"love is not a victory march, It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah" #CastroTheBand #Hallelujah #CLE

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And then Columbus:

(It’s clearly all about the coffee…)

Espresso flight. 👌

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Thanks again for the recap, sierrach–and thanks for the finds, ArtTeacher and Jasonized!