“Everybody was rehearsed not only in the notes but also in something unspoken” Leonard Cohen On 2008 Tour Preparation

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In rehearsal before 2008 Tour: Leonard Cohen, Sharon Robinson & Webb Sisters

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Everybody was rehearsed not only in the notes but also in something unspoken. You could feel it in the dressing room as you moved closer to the concert, you could feel the sense of commitment, tangible in the room.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016). Photo by Lorca Cohen.

Leonard Cohen Appears At Bottom Line; Harry Chapin Drops In – 1974

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Note: Leonard Cohen performed at the Bottom Line in New York City on Nov 29, Nov 30, and Dec 1, 1974 (two shows each night). And, Harry Chapin wasn’t the only celebrity musician to visit; Judy Collins & Janis Ian also came by (see photo at link).

Credit Due Department: Clippings are from Jem Treadwell’s Leonard Cohen Scrapbook

Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck: #6 The Private Leonard Cohen Concert

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From left to right: Leonard Cohen, Duchess aka Penny Showalter, DrHGuy aka Allan Showalter

Soundchecks: The Other Leonard Cohen Tour

Attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck1 is enlightening, instructive, and inspiring, but most of all, it’s fun. The Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck series is a collection of individual instances that manifest this principle.

Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck #6 The Private Leonard Cohen Concert

When the venue is indoors, the entire audience (if there is an audience at all)  at a Leonard Cohen soundcheck often comprises only one or two people.  Such is the case in the photo atop this post, taken at the  Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin Soundcheck.  The only occupied seats in the auditorium of Bass Concert Hall are those two in the right lower corner on which Duchess & I were perched. Two observations from that  and similar events follow:

  1. If you bring a romantic interest as a guest to a Leonard Cohen soundcheck for which you are the only civilians and you don’t get lucky after the show, you should reassess your relationship with that guest.
  2. If you note, while attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck, that at some point you do not feel bedazzled, just sit quietly – you have died and there is no reason to disturb your companion.

In her show, “Wishful Drinking,” Carrie Fisher explains that the song “She Moves On” written by her ex-husband, Paul Simon, is about her; she then advises the audience that

If you ever get a chance to have Paul Simon write a song about you, I hope you’ll please say Yes.

In the same spirit, I offer the equally superfluous admonition:

If you ever get a chance to attend a Leonard Cohen soundcheck, I hope you’ll please say Yes.

Now, if you can get Paul Simon to write a song about you attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck, …

Credit Due Department: It was at the 2012 Austin soundcheck that I met Joey Carenza, whose duties as Road Manager of the Leonard Cohen Tour included shooting and posting photos of the Tour. I discovered that, prior to our meeting, Joey had serendipitously taken and posted a photo of the Oct 31, 2012 sound check (the image atop this post) that captured not only Leonard Cohen but also Duchess and me as the entire audience. Photo by J.S. Carenza III.

Note: Six tracks on Can’t Forget: A Souvenir of the Grand Tour, the Leonard Cohen live album scheduled for release May 12, 20151 were recorded during soundchecks, thus affording an excellent rationale for republishing The Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck series. This post was originally posted  August 15, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, the earlier incarnation of Cohencentric.

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  1. The technical definition of soundcheck from Wikipedia follows: A soundcheck is the preparation that takes place before a concert, speech, or similar performance, when the performer and the sound crew run through a small portion of the upcoming show on the venue’s sound system to make sure that the sound in the venue’s “Front Of House” and stage monitor sound systems is clear and at the right volume and tonal frequencies. []