Record Store Day: Leonard Cohen Tribute – Like A Drunk In A Midnight Choir Vinyl LP

Available Record Store Day: April 22, 2017
Click here to find a participating store near you.

Tracklist

  1. Who By Fire (Glen Hansard)
  2. Chelsea Hotel #2 (Terry Reid)
  3. Treaty (Avi Buffalo)
  4. Everybody Knows (Joseph Arthur)
  5. I’m Your Man (Cherry Glazerrw/Mike Watt)
  6. The Partisan (Matt Costa)
  7. Did I Ever Love You (Korey Dane)
  8. Bird On A Wire (Leeann Skoda)
  9. Steer Your Way (Matthew Ryan)
  10. Dance Me To The End Of Love (Jay Buchanan)
  11. So Long, Marianne (Donovan)

Event: Record Store Day 2017
Release Date: 4/22/2017
Format: LP
Label: Record Store Day
Quantity: 2500
Release type: RSD Exclusive Release

Photos, Review Of 2009 Leonard Cohen León Concert

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July 31, 2009 Leonard Cohen León Concert Review

The following text is a Google translation of the opening paragraph of Leonard Cohen tiñe León con la amargura de sus plegarias poéticas by Cristina Fanjul, published in Diario de León on August 1, 2009.  Although the computer translation is, as is often the case, almost comic at points, the language approaches poetry, leaving those of us ignorant of Portugese wondering how lovely this newspaper review of a Cohen concert must be in its native idiom.

leon2Leonard Cohen Dyes Leon With The Bitterness Of His Poetic Prayers

As a contemporary Lord Byron, the beautiful loser with a burning violin, Leonard Cohen led thousands in León to recover the beauty of songs which after years of silence. Wearing his hat as master of ceremonies, the Canadian poet deployed the magic of Dance Me To The End Of Love, The Future,  Ain’t No Cure For Love and Everybody Knows. Leonard Cohen yesterday became one of the most important cultural events of the city and Leon Arena was capital for almost three hours of epic music that shapes a poet to transcend the mud, singing and continues to look for individuality that he considers unattainable.

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Credit Due Department: These gorgeous photos from the July 31, 2009 Leonard Cohen concert in León were taken by Indiana Caba.

Note: Originally posted Aug 2, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Eva M’s Leonard Cohen Specialty Saints Bracelet

Eva M, whose Leonard Cohen Paper Doll was featured yesterday, has also crafted a saints bracelet analogous to but distinct from the one worn by Leonard Cohen.

For comparison, the saint’s bracelet Leonard Cohen wore is shown below.

Note: Originally posted Jan 8, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: A Special Composite Presentation Of A Thousand Kisses Deep By Leonard Cohen

More Than A Thousand Kisses Deep

Leonard Cohen’s recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” has varied in content over the years. This composite of some of these versions is an especially gratifying coalition of international forces, featuring AlanM5049 of Adelaide, Australia, Roman Gavrilin (aka Hermitage Prisoner) of St. Petersburg, Russia, Sony of Canada (and everywhere else on Earth), DrHGuy of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Leonard Cohen, residing in Los Angeles, California [at the time of the original posting].

AlanM5049 describes the process.

I initially contemplated conjoining all the verses of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” from the several versions presented during the Leonard Cohen World Tour. A LeonardCohenForum posting by Goldin, Two “A Thousand Kisses Deep” recitations from 1997-1998,1 however, directed  me to older recordings, which I analyzed for content.

I cleaned up the sound on both where I could, but the connections between the versions were too abrupt.

Cohen’s pauses and Neil Larsen’s organ playing in the “Live In London” recording of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” provided the opportunity to integrate the unduplicated verses from the earlier recordings. I looped each organ piece several times until I had enough to add to the unaccompanied verses. I think that although the acoustics of the three  recordings are different, adding the organ track has supplied the continuity I was seeking. I confess that until I separated out Neil’s music, I hadn’t realized how beautifully complex it is.

I also moved the last stanza from the “Live In London” recording, at which point the delivery slows, to the end to produce a sense of an ending.

Cohen spoke a bit faster in the unaccompanied recitations, but when I tried to slow the speed the result sounded like “phasing,” dissuading me from using the slower version.

I was stimulated to finish the project by the impressive result created by combining Cohen’s recitation [of “Two Worlds,” a “specially written verse” of “A Thousand Kisses Deep”] with musical backing in the Sony 3D television advertisement.

DrHGuy Note: My own role was limited to adding photos and a movie clip pertinent to Leonard Cohen as well as a few sketches by the Canadian singer-songwriter to complete the video montage.

“A Thousand Kisses Deep” By Leonard Cohen
A Composite Presentation

 

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

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  1. The pertinent portion of that post follows:

    I’ve found on YouTube 2 unattributed recitations. Haven’t received replies from the uploaders so far, but I think I cleared up the details.

    1. The first recording is inexplicably unclaimed (less than 1 view per day!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M5mMSIX6RY. It is a fragment of 1997 – Beautiful Losers – Arte Network, France – 34m Interview for French TV, broadcast on 29 July 1997. See screenshot @ Diamonds in the Mine to receive evidence:
    “film & arts” logo, the same suit, the same window frame finally 🙂

    2. The other one is extremely popular (more than 1,1 million views) audio-only recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXaRT8CXmGE

    Briefly, this recitation is taken from KCRW interview (March 3, 1998). It was mentioned on the Forum by Jean-François Bédard in 2002 and by Tom Sakic in 2003.
    This lyrics also appeared here, in Lily’s post. But the lyrics recited in 1997 are little-known. Google finds its ONLY appearance on the Net.

    Read this masterpiece below and note the second strophe!

    A Thousand Kisses Deep (1997)

    Don’t matter if the road is long
    Don’t matter if it’s steep
    Don’t matter if the moon is gone
    And the darkness is complete
    Don’t matter if we lose our way
    It’s written that we’ll meet
    At least, that’s what I heard you say
    A thousand kisses deep

    Don’t matter if you lie to me
    Don’t matter if you cheat
    When you sell me down the river
    I’ll pretend to be asleep
    There’s a pair of leather gloves for you
    And a blade against your cheek
    But it’s strange what you forget to do
    A thousand kisses deep

    I loved you when you opened
    Like a lily to the heat
    You see, I’m just another snowman
    Standing in the rain and sleet
    Who loved you with his frozen love
    His second hand physique
    With all he is and all he was
    A thousand kisses deep []

Leonard Cohen On Songwriting: “The thing that we’re hungry for cannot be described by a political position right now…”


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The thing that we’re hungry for cannot be described by a political position right now. There is some kind of moral resurrection that people from all positions on the spectrum can participate in. I don’t want my songs to be slogans for the Right, Left or middle. I want it to be a cry defined in very concrete images.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen and the Death of Cool By David Sprague. Your Flesh magazine: 1992. Originally posted April 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Invokes Irving Layton’s Dictum: “Whatever else, poetry is freedom”

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Q: What is your opinion on the proposition that ‘the visions of poets may teach those who do not want to know it that there is more in shadow than in light?’

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I don’t think the poet has a mission. I think that activity more appropriately applies to the priest, the teacher, the politician, and the warrior. As my friend Layton wrote: ‘Whatever else, poetry is freedom.’ It seems a very aggressive proposition to teach someone something they don’t want to learn.quotedown2

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From a 2001 online chat. Photo of Leonard Cohen by Roland Godefroy (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons. Originally posted March 20, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric