Video: Leonard Cohen Quotes Woody Allen & Performs A Singer Must Die – Boston 1993

Your vision is right, my vision is wrong
I’m sorry for smudging the air with my song

Leonard Cohen – A Singer Must Die
Boston: July 16, 1993
Video from messalina79

Note: Originally posted January 31, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Of 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen Tour: Avalanche & Suzanne – Hannover 2010

Gripping Black And White Video Of “Avalanche” And “Suzanne” From 2010 Hannover Concert

Those two songs alone would make this video significant. “Suzanne” is arguably the most representative work in Leonard Cohen’s repertoire, dating back to the beginning of his career as a singer-songwriter, and “Avalanche” is a favorite of many fans, especially those who have admired Cohen over the years, but was rarely played during the World Tour until the 2010 leg of the Tour.

The stark clarity of the black and white recording fits seamlessly with the tone, lyrical content, lighting,1 and the staging which revolves around on Cohen alone, accompanying himself on guitar.

From my perspective, the black and white videography significantly enhances the focus of and emotional impact on the viewer.

Leonard Cohen – Suzanne and Avalanche
Hannover; Sept 27, 2010
Video from anniesnake

Note: Originally posted July 27, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
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  1. The lighting for the Cohen Concerts is an often overlooked aspect of the presentation. In this context, it is particularly notable because the same dramatic effects that are most compelling for the live audience can prove insurmountable obstacles to still photographers and videographers. []

Listen To Leonard Cohen Show At The 2008 Big Chill Festival

 

Leonard Cohen | Live at the The Open Air Stage | The Big Chill Festival | Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom | 03 August 2008 | Audience Recording

Setlist

1. Dance Me To The End Of Love
2. The Future
3. Ain’t No Cure For Love
4. Bird On The Wire
5. Everybody Knows
6. Who By Fire
7. Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
8. So Long Marianne
9.Tower Of Song
10.Suzanne
11.Hallelujah
12.I’m Your Man
13.Closing Time
14.First We Take Manhattan
15.Anthem

 

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Constrained, Moving Performance Of Going Home – Oakland 2013

I’m going home
Without the sorrow
Going home
Sometime tomorrow
Going home
To where it’s better
Than before

No one endows a performance with such gravitas – without resorting to dramatic gestures or onstage theatrics – like Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen – Going Home
Oakland: March 2, 2013
Videos by Wayne Weber

Note: Originally posted Mar 10, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Envisioning Concert Performances Of Those Songs Leonard Cohen Never Sang Live: Almost Like The Blues

Because Popular Problems and You Want It Darker were released after Leonard Cohen’s last tour, he never performed those songs (except Born in Chains) live. I’ve been thinking about which of the tracks on those albums I would have most anticipated hearing Leonard sing onstage.

OK, I can’t think of any songs from the Popular Problems and You Want It Darker albums that I wouldn’t want to hear in concert, but some – such as Almost Like The Blues – are especially appealing, at least in my imagination.

Leonard Cohen – Almost Like The Blues

Leonard Cohen’s spoken word rendition of Almost Like The Blues is found at Listen To Leonard Cohen’s Spoken Word Recitation Of “Almost Like The Blues” At New Yorker

The graphic atop this post is “Almost Like The Blues,” a lithograph by Leonard Cohen