Video: Leonard Cohen & The 1973 Yom Kippur War

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Note: A video of “Leonard Cohen Sings to Israeli Troops in the Yom Kipur War” has recently been posted to YouTube, but appears to be a segment of the video below.

LEONARD COHEN PKG FROM I24NEWS
Video from אורי שפירא

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Jo Meul & Linda Sturgess, who brought these videos to my attention. Note: Originally posted January 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck: #2.5 Great Performances – I Can’t Forget at Lucca 2013

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Soundchecks: The Other Leonard Cohen Tour

Attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck1 is enlightening, instructive, and inspiring, but most of all, it’s fun. The Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck is a collection of individual instances that manifest this principle.

The Video:  I Can’t Forget

Yeah I loved you all my life
And that’s how I want to end it
The summer’s almost gone
The winter’s tuning up
Yeah, the summer’s gone
But a lot goes on forever
And I can’t forget, I can’t forget
I can’t forget but I don’t remember what

I’ve numbered this Post #2.5 in the series, Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck, because it is another excellent example of the notion set forth in the preceding post, Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck: #2. Video & Photo Heaven

In addition to a performance of I Can’t Forget, a song played only three times in concert during 2013,2 this high quality video offers views of the venue impossible to see in videos of the nighttime show and the usual joys of soundcheck – the musicians in mufti, the crew preparing for the concert …

Leonard Cohen  –  I Can’t Forget
Lucca Soundcheck: July 9, 2013
Video by hrjgr

Note: Six tracks on Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, the Leonard Cohen live album scheduled for release May 12, 20153 were recorded during soundchecks, thus affording an excellent rationale for republishing The Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck series. This post was originally posted Jul 14, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, the earlier incarnation of Cohencentric.

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  1. The technical definition of soundcheck from  Wikipedia follows: A soundcheck is the preparation that takes place before a concert, speech, or similar performance, when the performer and the sound crew run through a small portion of the upcoming show on the venue’s sound system to make sure that the sound in the venue’s “Front Of House” and stage monitor sound systems is clear and at the right volume and tonal frequencies. Now, the sound system is certainly adjusted during a Leonard Cohen soundcheck and – well, that’s about it as far as similarities go. A two hour soundcheck, featuring more songs than some bands play during a full concert, is not unusual for the Unified Heart Touring Company. And, a Leonard Cohen soundcheck serves as a rehearsal for songs not then in the tour’s setlist. Soundcheck may include new songs, old songs not heard at a Cohen concert for decades, or dramatically different versions of old standards. []
  2. Statistics courtesy of Roman Gavrilin aka Hermitage Prisoner []
  3. See It’s Official – Leonard Cohen “Can’t Forget” Live Album: Tracks, Sources, Pre-Order Info, & More []

The Half-Sister Of Mercy, Leonard Cohen, & DrHGuy

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Introduction: This post is part of The 2009 Beacon Theatre Show Detour in the saga of How DrHGuy First Connected With Leonard Cohen.

On The Sidewalk In Front Of The Beacon Theatre Before The Leonard Cohen Concert, I met …

among others waiting for the theater doors to open on that cold February night,

  • A thirty-something entrepreneur so intent on seeing Leonard Cohen perform that he had flown from South Africa to New York that afternoon with the return flight scheduled to depart only hours after the end of the show
  • A mother and daughter, both of whom eagerly confessed to harboring lurid aspirations vis-a-vis Mr. Cohen
  • A native New Yorker who asked me if Leonard Cohen was indeed performing at the Beacon that night and, following my confirmation of the announcement on the marquee, promptly engaged a scalper in an animated and easily overheard conversation which concluded less than a minute later with her purchase of a balcony ticket for several hundred dollars over the original price
  • The Girl With The Leonard Cohen Tattoo

and, as the perceptive reader might deduce from  the title of this post, I met The Half-Sister Of Mercy (HSOM).

An Aside On Leonard Cohen’s “Sisters Of Mercy”

Leonard Cohen has told the back story of his song, “Sisters Of Mercy” man times1 This rendition is an excerpt from a December 4, 1974 interview quoted at Diamonds In The Lines: Leonard Cohen In His Own Live Words:

… like a lot of my material it’s [the song, “Sisters of Mercy” is] just completely documentary. It doesn’t concern high metaphysical questions but an accurate reportage as authentic and precise as I can make it, a description of exactly what happened on the interior landscape. And I was in Edmonton during a tour by myself of Canada, I guess this was around 67. I was walking along one of the main streets of Edmonton, it was bitter cold ; and I knew no-one and I passed these two girls on a doorway. They invited me to stand in the doorway with them. Of course I did. And some time later, we found ourselves in my little Hotel room in Edmonton and the three of us were gonna go to sleep together. Of course I had all kinds of erotic fantasies of what the evening might bring. … And we went to bed together and I think we all jammed into this one small couch in this little Hotel and it became clear that it wasn’t the purpose of the evening at all. And at one point, in the night, I found myself unable to sleep, I got up, and by the moonlight – It was very very bright, the moon was being reflected off the snow, and my windows were very bright – I wrote that poem by the ice-reflected moonlight while these women were sleeping and it was one of the few songs that I ever wrote from top to bottom without a line of revision . The words flowed and the melody flowed and by the time they woke up the next morning, it was dawn. I had this completed song to sing to them.

To those readers who know me and are now beginning to panic, be assured that, mercifully, in the story of the HSOM and me, I do not write nor do I sing a song.

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  1. Sisters Of Mercy Lyrics

    Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.
    They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can’t go on.
    And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song.
    Oh I hope you run into them, you who’ve been traveling so long.

    Yes you who must leave everything that you cannot control.
    It begins with your family, but soon it comes around to your soul.
    Well I’ve been where you’re hanging, I think I can see how you’re pinned:
    When you’re not feeling holy, your loneliness says that you’ve sinned.

    Well they lay down beside me, I made my confession to them.
    They touched both my eyes and I touched the dew on their hem.
    If your life is a leaf that the seasons tear off and condemn
    they will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem.

    When I left they were sleeping, I hope you run into them soon.
    Don’t turn on the lights, you can read their address by the moon.
    And you won’t make me jealous if I hear that they sweetened your night:
    We weren’t lovers like that and besides it would still be all right,
    We weren’t lovers like that and besides it would still be all right
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Leonard Cohen On The Complexity Of Relationships

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There’s one [saying] I like very much…It goes like this: ‘Why do you hate me? I never helped you.’ I like that saying because it evokes the complexity of a relationship, a friendship. Whether it’s accurate or not is really not important. It evokes the complexity that is the background of any relationship.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen — Haute Dog by Mr. Bonzai (David Goggin). Music Smarts: July 10, 2010 (archived from 1988). Note: Originally posted May 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

How DrHGuy First Connected With Leonard Cohen: The 2009 Beacon Theatre Show Detour

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Introduction

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You will never untangle the circumstances that brought you to this moment. Embrace your fate.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen,
quoting from Bhagavad Gita1

This is the fifth entry I am posting (or reposting) in response to questions about how l first became involved with Leonard Cohen:

 

In the journey of destiny that led to me spending much of the past decade posting breaking news, scholarly analyses, frivolous japery, performance videos, concert set lists, bootleg collections, animations, and more – all dealing with Leonard Cohen, there is a detour. And, as is the case with most modern journeys of destiny, that detour goes through New York.

Once this scenic route diversion is documented, we’ll return for the kinda sorta thrilling Leonard Cohen Meets DrHGuy conclusion.

Payola – And About Time

As we ended our last episode, my son’s recovery near-catastrophic injury and the death of the woman in my life in mid-2008 had reduced my blogging to a desultory level although the Leonard Cohen World Tour, which also began in 2008 was receiving massive approbation from critics and fans alike. I still heard from both Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas, but my attention was elsewhere.

Then, Leonard and Anjani invited me to the Feb 19, 2009 Beacon Theatre concert, the first time the Canadian singer-songwriter had appeared in the US in 15 years, proffering a comped ticket.2

Tales Of The 2009 Leonard Cohen Beacon Theatre Show

The first Leonard Cohen concert I attended was the Feb 19, 2009 show at the Beacon Theatre in New York. The concert itself was outstanding, and I also had a non-musical experience or two worth sharing.

One of these episodes has been posted: The Girl With The Leonard Cohen Tattoo. If you haven’t seen this entry, it is, if I say so myself, a worthwhile read.

Viewers may also be interested in Best Bootlegs – The February 19, 2009 Leonard Cohen Beacon Theatre Concert

“The Great Event,” as Leonard might term it, is The Half-Sister Of Mercy, Leonard Cohen, & Me,” the next post in this series.

 

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  1. From Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man, the 2005 documentary []
  2. Which is how I ended up at the concert inevitably promoted via the Take The Manhattan Title Entitlement.

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    I.e, Headlines about the show featured Leonard Cohen’s title, “First We Take Manhattan” with a word addition or change to end up with something like “Leonard Cohen Takes Manhattan,” offering this quickie reference to the municipality where the concert takes place rather than an interesting, enticing, or informative title. Is that the best Variety, Rolling Stone, The Daily Press (Ontario), The National Post, (The National Post story was also republished with the same title,  “Leonard Cohen Takes Manhattan, Again” in other sources such as USA Today and Yahoo News)  Paste Magazine, and The Edmonton Sun can come up with in the way of creative titles? After all, it’s not like the days of fixed typefaces when the titles of articles had to not only reflect the content but also be the right size for the allotted restricted space measured in picas, points, and ems so a phrase that fit the content and the space might be reused many times. []