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Leonard Cohen’s stage gesture when singing “When you’ve done a little line or two” from “Everybody Knows”
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Note: Originally posted Nov 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Attending Leonard Cohen soundcheck can be enlightening, instructive, and even 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.
Leslie Py Wener writes about the Nov 1, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin soundcheck, when she and Arlene Dick were the only civilians in the audience:
It is something I will never forget in my life. Seeing Leonard play alone on stage and then later with the band was always a dream of mine. Leonard played La Manic 3 times practicing, and we were pinching ourselves with excitement as we had never heard it before. The perks of a ride to and from the venue, dinner backstage and a goodie bag was unexpected. I feel so blessed for this.
For another example of hearing a new song at soundcheck before it is ever presented to an audience, see Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck: #1. Hearing A New Leonard Cohen Song – Darkness
Credit Due Department: Photo by J.S. Carenza III. And, for the record, on of the Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck is Joey Carenza, Road Manager of the Leonard Cohen Tour, taking your photo at soundcheck.
After a while, he [Bob Dylan] told Cohen that a famous songwriter of the day had told him, “O.K., Bob, you’re Number 1, but I’m Number 2.”
Then Dylan says to me, ‘As far as I’m concerned, Leonard, you’re Number 1. I’m Number Zero.’ Meaning, as I understood it at the time—and I was not ready to dispute it—that his work was beyond measure and my work was pretty good.
Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)