In these dark days Amanda Palmer and Neil Gaiman found comfort and hope in the work of Leonard Cohen. Together they recorded this new version of “Democracy.” Amanda composed the piano and Neil recorded the lyrics.
Madeleine Peyroux has covered Leonard Cohen songs, including Dance Me To The End Of Love, Bird on the Wire, and Half the Perfect World, in her concerts and on her recordings. Here she thanks the man who inspired her.
Madeleine Peyroux – For Leonard
Credit Due Department: Photo by Borya – Madeleine PeyrouxUploaded by Alison, CC BY-SA 2.0, Wikipedia
Leonard Cohen was my biggest inspiration and a guiding hero in my journey as a singer/songwriter. I discovered him when I heard Nina Simone’s haunting version of ‘Suzanne.’ I recall the very moment I heard ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ at a friend’s place in Soho. Listening to that song was like diving into a sad novel, with its rich tale of love, friendship and betrayal. There are times all of us realize that the world is not a fair place and we begin to see through all the lies and deceit around us. Listening to ‘Everybody Knows,’ shook my world and blew my mind like no other song. I celebrate Leonard Cohen for the gifts of all of his songs and for the way he graciously encouraged me as a songwriter. I’m grateful that he left treasures behind to move and shake many more generations of songwriters to come.
JiHAE – Hallelujah (by Leonard Cohen)
Ongoing readers may recall that JiHAE has been featured in previous Cohencentric posts:
In addition to being a singer-songwriter and multimedia artist, JiHAE is an actor, currently starring in “Mars,” the National Geographic docu-drama produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. She plays twin sisters, Hana Seung, a pilot turned Commander, and Joon Seung, Secretary General of IMSF (NASA of the future).
To capture the effects and traces from these revolutions, gathered in the book Revolutions of Leonard Cohen, the texts of scholars, artists, writers and translators whose background, interests and achievements have Affinities of literary, musical or sentimental order with Leonard Cohen. Their reflections, both intimate and detailed, shed new light on this work, which never ceases to dazzle its creative force and its power to reflect the “paradoxes of modernity”. Meeting with Chantal Ringuet, Gérard Rabinovitch, Jean-Claude Kuperminc, Delphine Auffret, Christophe Lebold & Gilles Tordjmann. Lectures of Leonard Cohen’s poems by Laurent Natrella (de la Comédie Française). Musical interludes by Jean Claude Ghrenassia & ensemble
This excerpt [via Google Translate] is from and more information about this event can be found at Les révolutions de Leonard Cohen
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Dominique BOILE, who alerted me to this event,
God Is Alive, Magic is Afoot: A Montreal Tribute to Leonard Cohen took place at the Rialto Theatre in Montreal Dec 15, 2016. Mirela M. (aka Mimi Lela in the Facebook realm) captured many of the performances, the videos of which can be found on her playlist God is Alive, Magic is Afoot: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen. I’ve chosen one of my favorites as a sample:
Shaar Hashomayim Choir – If It Be Your Will (by Leonard Cohen)
God is Alive, Magic is Afoot: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen
Rialto Theatre, Montreal: Sept 15, 2016
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A description of the tribute can be accessed at A fitting tribute: Leonard Cohen sent off in style at Rialto benefit by T’Cha Dunlevy (Montreal Gazette: Nov 16, 2016). Seven striking photos of the event can be viewed at Gallery: Leonard Cohen tribute at the Rialto Theatre