New Leonard Cohen Videos: Suzanne & I’m Your Man – Vancouver 2010

vacIf you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you
If you want a partner, take my hand, or
If you want to strike me down in anger
Here I stand
I’m your man

These quality videos were uploaded only yesterday.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne
Vancouver: December 2, 2010
Video by Marie Noonan

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man
Vancouver: December 2, 2010
Video by Marie Noonan

Hear Leonard Cohen’s Lover, Lover, Lover Performed In Hebrew

 

Indie musician Shai Tsabari released a new rendition this week of Leonard Cohen’s 1974 song “Lover, Lover, Lover.” Shlomi Shaban is responsible for the Hebrew version of the song.

In this rendition of the song that Cohen wrote during the Yom Kippur War, the final lines are, literally: “And may the spirit of this song / waft in pure freedom / May it be a shield for you / against the enemy and the cold.” In rock pianist Shlomi Shaban’s translation into Hebrew, the lines rhyme.

From This Version of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ Is Not Something You Hear Often (Haaretz: Feb 19, 2017)

Thanks to Batia Gilad, who alerted me to this video and to Jugurtha Harchaoui, who alerted me to the Haaretz article.

Brilliant Photos: The 2013 Leonard Cohen Rotterdam Concert Through The Lens Of Maarten Massa – Gallery 1

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Sept 18, 2013 Leonard Cohen Rotterdam Concert

Photos by Maarten Massa. More shots from this concert can be found at Gallery 2 and Gallery 3.

Leonard Cohen’s Voice: “A cavernous monotone like the horn of an ocean liner leaving port.”

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Cohen doesn’t so much sing as chant, delivering the dire tidings with an irresistible rhythm. The message is suited to his voice – a cavernous monotone like the horn of an ocean liner leaving port.quotedown2

 

Leonard Cohen: Born With The Gift Of A Golden Voice

Leonard Cohen’s distinctive voice has been described so often and so strikingly that I’ve collected these characterizations under their own tag: Leonard Cohen’s Voice

This quotation is from Ever the Pessimist, Leonard Cohen Sings Of Doom and Gloom by Scott Pendleton (The Christian Science Monitor: July 30, 1993). Photo by Ted McDonnell

Signs of Leonard Cohen: 2010 Las Vegas Concert Poster At McCarran Airport

bagclaimposter-scaled1000Avi Elkoni discovered this poster for the December 10 and 11, 2010 Leonard Cohen Las Vegas shows in the baggage claim area at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport. Originally posted December 8, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On “Suzanne” – A Song Of Montreal

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The song could’ve been called by any name because I had the guitar pattern, before I had the name of the woman. But, the wife of a friend of mine is named Suzanne, and she did invite me down to her place near the river, the St. Lawrence. And she served me ~ I believe it was Constant Comment ~ tea, which is composed of tea and oranges.1 And I did enjoy her hospitality. More or less, the song is reportage in the first verse. Then, because Montreal is a religious city, and there are symbols of all the great faiths around…that verse about Jesus; and we were emerged, and we were by the river. And then, the last verse tried to sum up, somehow, the kind of compassion and attention that a man looks to receive from a woman.

The writing of “Suzanne,” like all my songs, took a long time. I wrote most of it in Montreal ~ all of it in Montreal ~ over the space of, perhaps, four or five months. I had many, many verses to it. Sometimes the song would go off on a tangent, and you’ll have perfectly respectable verses, but that have led you away from the original feel of the song. So, it’s a matter of coming back. It’s a very painful process because you have to throw away a lot of good stuff. To come back, and to get those three verses of “Suzanne,” that took me quite a long time.

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Leonard Cohen

 

The John Hammond Years: Interview with John Hammond & Leonard Cohen broadcast on BBC, Sept 20, 1986. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles.

Credit Due Department: Photo by Sally Hunter

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  1. See Cohensubstantiation – Commonplace Tea Becomes Sacramental Repast In Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne []