I've always had a soft spot for deep voices. Probably why I keep talking with my ex, kidding, ok, partly. We're well over our lives together, but share some stuff in memory, and music is part of that.
Thu 10 Nov, 2016 09:31 pm
In the Q interviews with Adam and the cantor, it seemed as if all the edges were being pulled together.
Thu 10 Nov, 2016 09:39 pm
Thanks for the link. I've followed partisans off and on, in various descriptions in books but also in movies, which of course have a bias. I know little, but do get some of them were very brave. In Italy I was for them, had I known about them.
dayum, another great. ( Now He shoulda won the Nobel for poetry).
"The Grocer of Gloom" they would call him.
I recall once, I was up at McGill University for a conference I saw a hanging thing about how Cohen was a champion of debate at McGill.
Fri 11 Nov, 2016 05:33 am
Ironically, the first time I heard Cohen was when I heard Suzanne as a teenager. (Un)fortunately, I had already heard the Dutch translation for this song, by the singer/songwriter/cabaretier Herman van Veen. (which basically boils down to an almost literal translation of the original, which I personally think is a rather amazing feat), and, to my eternal shame, vividly recall thinking to myself that I didn't appreciate some american hack copying the work of great dutch artists.
Yes, I was young. It's still a very poor excuse.
I (re)acquianted with mr. Cohen around the start of the new century, when I first learned that Jeff Buckley's version was not the original. I would love to say that I was immediately enthralled, but sadly, no. This was a time in my life I spend most time either listening to ambient house and Enya/Vangelis.
It wasn't until perhaps 9 or 10 years ago that I truly started to listen in depth to mr. Cohen's music. And I finally had a 'favorite artist'. I fell in love, not just with Suzanne, or with Hallelujah, but with gems like Bird on the Wire, Story of Isaac, The Partisan (I love that quote mr. Baezer), as well as his entire double album Songs of Love and Hate.
And that is just the beginning, isn't it? There are so many amazing lyrics to enjoy.
Mr. Cohen, I will miss you, but thankfully, your legacy will forever keep you fresh in our collective memories.
I can only hope you will receive the honor of receiving a Nobel prize for your oeuvre as well. Mr. Dylan may very well deserve one, I won't gainsay that, but in my opinion, you do as well.
Thank you for making my life better with your music.
Fri 11 Nov, 2016 06:59 am
Leonard, thank you for everything--for bringing me this song in 1966, coming to my door with your deep gaze and your conviction that you could not sing and did not know if this was a song--and for alll the times you brought me songs to sing, which no one else had heard-- and for asking me why I was not writing my own. I owe you everything and will never be able to repay you for your brilliance and your friendship and your kindness. With Love Forever, Judy
Suzanne takes you down
To her place by the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
And that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from China
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
She gets you on her wavelength
And lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
You want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust her
For she's touched your perfect body
With her mind
Fri 11 Nov, 2016 01:38 pm
CBC Rewind is replaying their radio doc on Leonard Cohen - Various Positions
it's livestreaming on the radio now
also available by podcast
Today on q, hosted by Tom Power: We celebrate the life of musician Leonard Cohen, who has died at the age of 82.
stories from this episode
Patrick Leonard reveals that Leonard Cohen was working on an R&B record The co-writer and co-producer of Leonard Cohen's last three albums opens up about his last meetings with the Canadian legend LISTEN 10:07
Melanie Joly on Leonard Cohen's importance to Canada: 'He was our poet' The Canadian Heritage Minister talks about what Cohen meant to Canada and, more specifically, Montreal. LISTEN 4:53
'He had a line for every moment of your life': Moses Znaimer on Leonard Cohen The head of ZoomerMedia talks about his friendship with Leonard Cohen. LISTEN 7:50
Leonard Cohen's second cousin opens up about the icon's love of family and religion Andrew Cohen on the sad but unsurprising news of his second cousin's recent death. LISTEN 7:55
Laurie Brown on the comfort of hearing Leonard Cohen's voice The CBC broadcaster looks back at her time spent interviewing Leonard Cohen over the years. LISTEN 5:28
Joy versus pain: Adam Cohen on working with father Leonard Musician Adam Cohen opens up about his experience working with father Leonard on his new album, You Want It Darker. LISTEN 19:38
How Leonard Cohen's poetry informs his songwriting Damian Rogers, the poetry editor at The Walrus, speaks on Leonard Cohen's history of poetry. LISTEN 6:35
I really can't recommend all of these enough.
The focus on the early years and the poetry is tremendous.
The musicians who came in to the studio early in the day were generous and insightful.
Fri 11 Nov, 2016 04:30 pm
Goodbye Leonard Cohen, you will be missed and long appreciated for all you gave.
It's like our visit to the moon
Or to that other star
I guess you go for nothing
If you really want to go that far
Last lines of Death of a Ladies Man, from an album of the same name. Done in collaboration with Phil Specter. Specter drove Cohen off at the point of a gun near the end of the project.
Sat 12 Nov, 2016 06:44 pm
Cohen did not write all the songs he recorded. I can think of The Partisan, The Lost Canadian, Always. And a co writer sometimes: Came so Far for Beauty.
Here is one of his songs by Judy Collins that he never recorded, to my knowledge.