Question: In the season finale of Without a Trace, a song played at the end as Jack went home and thought about the events of Sept. 11. It included the word "alleluia." I can't seem to get it out of my head and would like to know where I could find it. Can you help me find the title and artist? Thanks so much! — Therese P., Columbus, Ohio
Televisionary: Well, I can get you part of the way there, Therese. And believe me, I'm not crazy about posting partial answers, but so many people wrote in asking about that song, I figure I'll do what I can.
The song is a version of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and a CBS spokeswoman tells me it's by Rufus Wainwright. Unfortunately, that's all the info I have on the version from the episode. However, I can tell you another Wainwright version (which I also really like) is on, of all the things, the Shrek soundtrack. Again, that's not the same Wainwright take, but it's a darned pretty one just the same, so I think you'll be very happy with it. The late Jeff Buckley also did a version of the song on his album Grace, and I know a lot of fans who prefer that.
As always, if anyone knows where the Without a Trace Wainwright take can be found, let me know and I'll put it in a future column. In the meantime, if you're a Trace fan, you'll enjoy my pal Matt Roush's recent Dispatch on the show.