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
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
Leonard Cohen | Live at the The Open Air Stage | The Big Chill Festival | Ledbury, Herefordshire United Kingdom | 03 August 2008 | Audience Recording
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
12.I’m Your Man
14.First We Take Manhattan
I’m going home
Without the sorrow
To where it’s better
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
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