“[Leonard] Cohen’s show reminded me of some deep-down thing music can do, that words can do in a certain order, that breath can do when you’re saying something you really mean, that graciousness can do when you extend it to everyone you meet”

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I spend a lot of time thinking and wondering about what direction rock-based music is going, and sometimes I notice that things like songwriting seem to not be as popular as they used to be, that there’s a kind of stylized feint towards songwriting on a couple of modern records but it all feels kind of reflexive, perfunctory, an old-fashioned gesture in a rock landscape that’s more about statement-making production or atmosphere or just vibes. Sometimes it’s discouraging. Cohen’s show reminded me of some deep-down thing music can do, that words can do in a certain order, that breath can do when you’re saying something you really mean, that graciousness can do when you extend it to everyone you meet. This thing, this almost sacred-feeling thing, is the reason that most people get into music to begin with. This thing or different versions of it. And from day-to-day we forget it or we need to take a break from it or walk away from it for awhile. But when we come back it’s there and it’s real and it’s clear.quotedown2

 

 

Top ten experiences with music in the last year: Number One: Leonard Cohen at Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn NY. May 20th, 2012 by Will Sheff (WillSheff.com: December 24, 2012)

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2012 Toronto Concert Comportment Posters

mandytix2-scaled1000Arrive Early, Don’t Have More Than 2 Drinks, Don’t Bring Weapons, Beware The Fog/Haze … But Most Of All, Enjoy The Show

In addition to picturing the chief entertainer “Tonight at the Air Canada Center” in Toronto, this placard (above) also points out that the “Drink Limit” is “2 Per Person” and that the “Alcohol shutdown time is at the discretion of the management.” The notice (directly below) alerts patrons that “strobes, fog/haze, and similar effects” may be employed during the show, that random bag searches may be required, and that one is not allowed to bring into the venue camera lens exceeding 75mm, food, weapons, or projectiles. Photos by Mandy MacLeod.

mandytix1-scaled1000The final poster alerts patrons to arrive early

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Note: Originally posted December 5, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

In Situ Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2010 Swedish Concert Posters

sweden20102Concerts advertised:

  • Malmö, Sweden: Aug 4, 2010
  • Stockholm, Sweden: Aug 8, 2010
  • Gothenburg/Göteborg, Sweden: Aug 12, 2010

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Credit Due Department: Photo top this post by by Philip Young. Other photos by Nils Buss. Originally posted January 20, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric