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.
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)