Video Clip: Rufus Wainwright Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah At Montréal – Aug 19, 2017

 

Also see Video: You Want It Darker Featuring Gideon Zelermyer & Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir – Montréal Symphonique Aug 19, 2017

Video: You Want It Darker Featuring Gideon Zelermyer & Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir – Montréal Symphonique Aug 19, 2017

 

Mimi Lela shot this video of the Leonard Cohen tribute at the Montréal Symphonique, a concert by Montreal’s three major orchestras (The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Métropolitai) and some of the Canada’s biggest pop artists on Mount Royal. According to Montréal Symphonique rouses crowd of thousands on Mount Royal (CBC News: Aug 19, 2017), the show was viewed by “a crowd of 80,000  and thousands more in parks across the city, where it was projected.”

Also see Video Clip: Rufus Wainwright Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah At Montréal – Aug 19, 2017

Leonard Cohen Tribute: A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes + Alberto Manzano Poetry Reading – Zamora, Aug 19, 2017

From A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes Facebook Page:

“A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes” is a song by Leonard Cohen and also the name chosen by the band A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes to spread their music and poetry. If you want to enjoy with them and your tribute concert to Leonard Cohen do not miss them this Saturday, August 19, at 22 pm., in the cathedral square.

Listen To “Mpivahiny” – Leonard Cohen’s “The Stranger Song” In Malagasy

This cover is so beautiful and moving that
it can cause the fall of a few tears!!!

Dominique BOILE sends this enthusiastic recommendation for this Malagasy cover of Leonard Cohen’s The Stranger Song:

Band: Lôlô Sy Ny Tariny
Country: France
Year: 1982
Album: Madagascar
Song: Mpivahiny (in Malagasy) The Stranger Song

Examining Jennifer Warnes’ Famous Blue Raincoat Album Of Leonard Cohen Songs


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Ann Powers’ [Greatest Albums by Women] list is incomplete without Famous Blue Raincoat, which brought both fierce intelligence and the gorgeous sound of Jennifer Warnes’ voice to us, one more time.quotedown2

Robrt L. Pela

From The One Record That’s Missing from NPR’s Greatest Albums by Women List by Robrt L. Pela (New Times: August 2, 2017). This essay offers insights into the significance of Jennifer Warnes’ Famous Blue Raincoat album. Highly Recommended.  Excerpts follow:

More than 30 years after its initial release, Famous Blue Raincoat — particularly in its original vinyl Cypress Records version and its more recent Impex 45-rpm wax reissue — remains an aural benchmark among audiophiles, who cite its pristine engineering and mastering by studio legend Bernie Grundman.

Raincoat speaks also to listeners who care less about sonic quality than they do about good, solid pop music. Its centerpiece is Warnes’ own “Song of Bernadette,” co-written with Cohen on a bus during his 1979 European tour. An exquisite composition since covered by Judy Collins, Bette Midler, Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, and Aaron Neville, among many others, “Bernadette” recalls the sainted woman who “saw the queen of Heaven once,” a vision she steadfastly refused to deny. The song’s proto-feminist message alone ought to have secured its parent disc a place on Powers’ list.

Video: Waiting For Leonard Cohen To Turn On The Light In Montreal

There is a Light (but it’s not for everyone) by Rae Spoon:  This video, with charming graphics and music, opens and closes with  Rae Spoon singing the refrain,

Let’s all go to Montreal and stand outside Leonard Cohen’s house
If we stand there long enough, Leonard will turn on the light

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Maria Viana

Note: Originally posted August 16, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric