Video: “Dance Me To The End Of Love” Performed On Streets of Tehran One Day After Leonard Cohen’s Death

tehranBecause Music Is Life

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

For Leonard – Madeleine Peyroux’s Tribute To Leonard Cohen

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMadeleine 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

Video: JiHAE Performs Hallelujah In Tribute To Leonard Cohen


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).

La Maison De La Poésie (The House Of Poetry) Presents Leonard Cohen Tribute – Paris Jan 23, 2017

timthumb-phpThe Revolutions of Leonard Cohen

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,