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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tribute live from New York- It's Saturday Night!

Kate McKinnon raises up the political message and sends us to a spiritual place.
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Perhaps this flawless rendition by Kate McKinnon will be the new "We shall overcome" mantra.

(CNN)Instead of showing a quarreling Alec Baldwin as Donald Trump and Kate McKinnon as Hillary Clinton as they had done for most of the season, the opening for "Saturday Night Live" struck a more somber note.

McKinnon, dressed as her Clinton character in a cream pantsuit, played the piano and sang Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."
Indeed, as USAToday wrote, the cold SNL open served both as a moment of solidarity with those rocked by the election’s outcome and as tribute to Cohen, the virtuosic songwriter, who died earlier this week.

Cohen, the highly-respected artist known for his poetic and lyrical music, died earlier this week.

McKinnon sang the entire song to a quiet audience.

After finishing the song, she turned to the camera with watery eyes and said: "I'm not giving up. And neither should you. And live from New York, it's Saturday Night!"
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The episode followed a tumultuous post election week that has seen protests in multiple cities nationwide against President-elect Donald Trump.

In Saturday's episode, there were neither Trump jokes nor did Alec Baldwin make an appearance.

The show's more solemn opening struck a chord on Twitter.
Film critic Richard Roeper tweeted that McKinnon "is a superhero with the power to stop us in our tracks."

"Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian recording artist Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). Achieving little initial success, the song found greater popular acclaim through a recording by John Cale, which inspired a recording by Jeff Buckley. It is the subject of the 2012 book The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley & the Unlikely Ascent of 'Hallelujah' by Alan Light.[1]

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