As written by GHH member, TVacademic

I have to admit that I generally find the music played on General Hospital to be cringe-worthy. If the recordings played are unfamiliar, they are most often helmed by the types of mainstream vanilla pop or faux rock musicians that one hears played on whatever super hits radio station is owned by Clear Channel in your area. If they are covers of the classics, they are stripped of the soul and substance of the original. I am a big fan of a good cover. GH rarely finds the good ones, however.

One may think this makes me a music snob.  This may be true.

I've been behind in my viewing, which usually means I pay more attention to spoilers. Gotta know when I should do dishes and when I should actually watch.  When Shirley posted that the song, "Hallelujah", would be played (and posted the stunning version by Jeff Buckley to give a taste), I was so very worried. Would this--a beautiful and sad song written and performed by one of the greatest of greats, Leonard Cohen (and re-interpreted by no less luminarious larynxes than those of Buckley and Rufus Wainwright)--be reinterpreted through some horrid auto-tune and stripped of its raw sadness?

So I must commend GH: the singing of the tune on the bus was properly somber and foreboding, and bringing all those voices in retained just enough of the rough quality the song requires. Even the recorded version at the end of the show was fine--it didn't make me run screaming, and it actually worked emotionally to sell the moment.  GH always kicks of these big events with music--often badly. As far as mass tragedies go, this one got off to a start where neither the music nor the special effects (which were far better and more judiciously employed than they have been in the past) detracted from the story.  And the story is, of course, the point.

Happy New Year from your music-snob friend (all in good fun, of course), TVA.

..."Love is not a victory march, it's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah."