Excerpt from How Leonard Cohen Helped Us After Losing Our Son To Heroin by Bill Williams (Addiction Unscripted):
Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” compelled me. I listened to it over and over and over, lying in bed with my laptop, listening first to a gravelly Leonard Cohen himself singing it, then testing the renditions of all the artists I could find. Sampling them all to distinguish comforting subtleties… Ultimately soothed by repetitions of K.D. Lang’s rich offering, my ritual continued in the two weeks leading up to William’s memorial service. I have no memory of when the rite tapered off. I do know that I come back to the music when I need to, even finding something about the hateful embrace of heroin in all of Cohen’s lyric, most especially: “… love is not a victory march. It’s a cold and it’s a broken Hallelujah.”
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On November 7, 2016 after a year of iconic losses, the incomparable Leonard Cohen bid farewell to this life. In a career that spanned seven decades, our cultural treasure had departed. How do we let go of an artist whose words and music have profoundly affected us?
In Corner Brook on Saturday, January 14, 2017 a group of incredible artists from all stages in their careers will gather to pay tribute to the man, in his own words. We invite you to join us at the Rotary Arts Centre at 8 PM to share in this celebration of a life well lived with the talents of Allison Crowe, Louise Gauthier, Tara Manuel, Dahlia & Bridget, Ruth Lawrence, Daniel Payne, Gary & Whit, Emma Peckford, Helen Fox Reid and more.
The above excerpt is from and more information is available at the event’s Facebook Page.
There is also a screening of Ladies and Gentlemen… Mr. Leonard Cohen at 4 PM the same day. For information, see Mr. Leonard Cohen Facebook Page.
Date: 14 January 2017
Film Screening Time: 4 PM
Tribute Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Location: Rotary Arts Centre
Unit 101, 5 Park Street (Lower Level City Hall)
Corner Brook, Newfoundland
A stunning tribute to David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen will be performed live on the RTÉ Late Late show tonight, Friday January 6. ‘The legends tribute’ is the brainchild of musician Connor Mc Keon and producer Billy Farrell and features a powerful arrangement combining Prince’s Purple Rain, Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah and Bowie’s Life on Mars all sang by Connor McKeon with Sandii Hyland and the Earthangel Gospel Choir. The project was inspired by Connor reflecting on the giants of global music and the impact they had in his life.
Excerpts from Stunning tribute to Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen to feature on The Late Late Show by Alan Walsh (Longford Leader: 6 Jan 2017)
These were true light workers, giants of music and I felt so strongly that I wanted to honour them in some way. My own kind of personal memorial project but thankfully others shared my vision and low and beyond this idea just grew legs and we recorded the song in late December and before we knew it we were invited onto the Late Late show, Ireland’s leading television show. The music will live on forever and I’ve no doubt that a whole new generation will now be inspired to carry the flame forward.
Connor Mc Keon
I find this performance of Leonard Cohen’s classic “Dance Me To The End Of Love” by Tehran street buskers just after the Canadian singer-songwriter’s death especially moving. The following annotation was posted by Arash Bt at Leonard Cohen-Facebook:
I was walking the streets of Tehran when in the distance I heard that familiar melody of one of the greatest songs of all time, Dance Me to the End of Love, being played live by three young superb street musicians. It was the day after Leonard Cohen’s passing. And I couldn’t help but momentarily break into song as I approached them. I sat there and enjoyed a wonderful performance for nearly a half an hour, of all places, on a sidewalk, in Tehran! The whole thing was a bit surreal. Later, after befriending them, I learned that the accordionist, Payam Eghdami, was actually the composer for the closing score of the latest movie by Asghar Farhadi, The Salesman; a movie which is sure to win The Oscars this coming year for best foreign film. Yet there he was performing on a street in Tehran with his buddies, and risking being harassed by the random roaming morale enforcers (which actually did happen the following day at that same spot) for one and only one reason: because music is life.
Leonard Cohen – Streets of Tehran musicians