“[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)

Listen To Sylvie Simmons Talk About “Leonard Cohen’s Poetry, Music & Sexual Exploits” – Catskill Review Of Books

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Leonard Cohen’s Poetry, Music & Sexual Exploits
Sylvie Simmons: Author of “I’m Your Man: The Life Of Leonard Cohen”
Catskill Review Of Books At Syndicatednews.Net
Ian Williams, Host (Dec 9, 2012)

Credit Due Department: Photo by Lynette van Duyn Originally posted Dec 10, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Anyone who cannot hear the beauty and humanity in Cohen’s tremulous, bassy voice is deaf to the human soul”

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Thank you Leonard for saying the unsayable, for singing songs that have helped me and so many others face the darkness in the world and in ourselves with courage, and find so much life and love and hope and humour there. Music has lost one of the greats of our time but music itself will always carry on. We will hear that voice as long as we are listening out for it, echoing around the tower of song, offering succour to anyone who cares to listen.quotedown2

 

Leonard Cohen, poet of sex and death, made music to nourish the soul by Neil McCormick. Telegraph: 11 November 2016. (Free registration or paid subscription required)

“Holy Cohen” – Tweets About Leonard Cohen’s 2012 Brooklyn Concert

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Leonard Cohen Threatens Guitar, Exits Gangnam Style, Plays 25+ Songs … At Dec 20, 2012 Brooklyn Show: Not So Shabby For A 78 Year-Old Icon

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Note: Originally posted December 21, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Leonard Cohen & his band created moments of sublime beauty…” 2009 Red Rocks Concert Review

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Leonard Cohen & his band created moments of sublime beauty that made the lasciviously profane lyrics of ‘Chelsea Hotel #2’ seem holy in comparison to that average slab of pop confection you’ll hear on the radio.quotedown2

 

Last night: Leonard Cohen at Red Rocks by Tom Murphy. Westworld: June 5, 2009.

Credit Due Department: Photo CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted April 25, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Poetic Court Testimony of Leonard Cohen

booklonginglegalAfter Leonard Cohen’s death in Nov 2016, many articles about the Canadian singer-songwriter were written from a particular point of view reflecting an author’s or a publication’s focus.  Montreal newspapers, for example, spotlighted Leonard Cohen as Montreal’s native son, cinematology sites offered insights into Leonard Cohen’s music used in movie soundtracks, and Jewish periodicals analyzed his spirituality expressed through his naive religion.

One of the most specific — and most unexpected — perspectives, however, was that of Sword and Scale, an entity dedicated to “becoming the most respected and well-known true-crime radio broadcast in the world.” In The Poetic Court Testimony of Leonard Cohen (Sword and Scale: Nov 12, 2016) Heather Sutfin writes

Written in the standard dignified prose Cohen was best known for, but may as well have been written by Arthur Rimbaud, himself, Cohen’s court testimony shows that even in formal speaking Cohen’s poetry could not help but pour through when faced with the difficult task of sending a long-time family friend to jail. We hear from not only a man slighted from funds that were rightfully his – giving Cohen reason to fire his former manager, Kelley Lynch – but the anguish and fear Lynch evoked within him after he made the decision to part ways.

An excerpt of Mr Cohen’s words to the court follow:

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It gives me no pleasure to see my one-time friend shackled to a chair in a court of law, her considerable gifts bent to the service of darkness, deceit and revenge. I fear that her obsessive commitment to these activities will resume as soon as Ms. Lynch is released, therefore I will be grateful for whatever respite the court will allow my children, my grandchildren, my friends and associates, and myself.quotedown2

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