Video: Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes Perform Silent Night – Brighton 1979

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Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes Sing Silent Night: 1979

This Leonard Cohen-Jennifer Warnes duet of Silent Night with Raffi Hakopian on violin was performed and recorded (audio only) at the December 15, 1979 Brighton, England concert. I’ve constructed a video montage of photos of Cohen and Warnes, drawings by Leonard Cohen, and a clip of a very young Leonard and his sister Esther skating to complement the music.

Note: Originally posted Nov 30, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

An Eloquent Memorial: Leonard Cohen’s Empty Chair At His Los Angeles Home

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You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me
It’s just the way it changes like the shoreline and the sea
But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie
Your eyes are soft with sorrow
Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye

From Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
By Leonard Cohen

Photo by Richard Rayner

Quality Video: Sharon Robinson Performs Alexandra Leaving At Aug 12, 2012 Leonard Cohen Ghent Concert

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The god of love preparing to depart
Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder,
They slip between the sentries of the heart

Note: The final bars of this song are abruptly cut off because of deficient camera memory but the video and audio quality is otherwise high.

Sharon Robinson: Alexandra Leaving
Ghent: Aug 12, 2012
Video by MaartenLC

Note: Originally posted August 13, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Must See Video: Full Version Of Leonard Cohen Appearance On 1992 Danish Talk Show

talkshowetLeonard Cohen was the only guest on S2E5 of the Danish talk show, Talkshowet (Dec 5, 1992).  Videos of this show of various lengths and quality have been intermittently available online but then disappear. Martin alerts us that the entire 1 hour, 5 minute episode in good resolution can be accessed – until February 8, 2017.

This is a must-see for Leonard Cohen fan.  Featured are

  • Leonard Cohen demonstrating how to make his Red Needles cocktail
  • A discussion of the myth of Leonard Cohen as ladies’ man
  • The differentiation of depression and seriousness
  • The necessity of destroying old versions of one’s self to make an album
  • Leonard Cohen on Miami Vice

One word of advice: don’t let the talk show host annoy you. Leonard takes him on stride; you can, too

View this video at DR-Talkshowet

Video: Leonard Cohen On Being A Jewish Writer, A Canadian & A Seeker Of G-D (1964)

Note: This is a companion piece of sorts to Video: Leonard Cohen Speaks About G-D Consciousness And Judaism (1964)

From the YouTube Description:

Leonard Cohen speaks about being a Canadian Jewish writer. His profound statements still resonate, today, 50 years later.  I have culled these comments from a recording of a seminar held at the Jewish Public Library of Montreal in June 1964. Cohen participated in a panel along with the great Canadian Jewish writers Melech Ravitch, Adele Wiseman and Ruth Wisse. It took place three years before Cohen’s 1967 transition from being a Canadian poet to an internationally known singer-songwriter. Also included are some of Cohen’s dialogue with the audience during the question and answer session.

Cohen had a life-long, passionate engagement with religious Judaism. It began with the hevruta (study pair) he had with his grandfather, an important rabbi and talmudist. In mid-life Cohen became renowned for his practice of Zen Bhuddism (a non theistic practice) and eventually became a bhuddist monk. But Cohen never stopped studying Torah or practicing mitzvoth that he found meaningful. Many of his best songs offer profound midrashim (homiletic interpretations) of Torah and apply them to the problems of life.

A strange coincidence : the women with a Yiddish accent who challenges Cohen during the Q&A is Hava Rosenfarb, a respected Yiddish novelist and holocaust survivor. Her then husband is the man with a Polish accent who questions Cohen’s belief that the Jewish people have a unique mission. This man was Dr. Henry Morgantaller, who a decade later would become a household name in Canada for his campaign to legalize abortion.

 
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul, who first alerted me to this video

Guido Harari’s Photos Of The “Ironic And Soulful” Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen – Milan, 1988

I took the live image in 2008, stunned as I was to witness what was undoubtedly the best concert of my life. On every occasion Cohen proved to be one of the wittiest and funniest subjects I could ever hope to capture with my camera. Very ironic and soulful, most collaborative, he always seemed to enjoy being photographed.

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Posts featuring tagged Guido Harari’s photos of Leonard Cohen can be found at

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Leonard Cohen 2008

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Leonard Cohen on Elvis Presley

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I was relieved that all the stuff we’d been feeling for so long found expression in Presley and in rock in general, I was playing his records all the time to friends when they’d come over. I’d say, ‘This guy is a great singer’ – and they thought this was some kind of inverse snobbery. But it wasn’t. Presley had that special kind of voice which makes your heart go out to a singer.quotedown2

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From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)

More posts about Leonard Cohen & Elvis Presley can be found at Elvis Presley @ Cohencentric

Credit Due Department: Photo of Elvis Presley “Elvis Presley 1970” taken by Ollie Atkins, chief White House photographer, when President Nixon & Elvis Presley met.

Kaddish For Leonard Cohen: New North London Synagogue, Dec 12

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Information about the Kaddish for Leonard Cohen can be found at the link below

Kaddish For Leonard Cohen

This podcast comprises songs by Leonard Cohen and commentary by Zahavit Shalev, “member of the rabbinic team at New North London Synagogue, and Leonard Cohen super-fan.”

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Maria Cohen Viana. who alerted me to this event. Photo by Dominique BOILE