“At the end [Leonard Cohen] pointed us all away from this light shining on him to the light inside all things, the source of all songs” Paul Zollo

l1xListen to the hummingbird
Whose wings you cannot see
Listen to the hummingbird
Don’t listen to me

Listen to the butterfly
Whose days but number three
Listen to the butterfly
Don’t listen to me

Listen to the mind of God
Which doesn’t need to be     
Listen to the mind of God
Don’t listen to me

Listen To The Hummingbird –  Recited by Leonard Cohen at the conclusion of the Oct 13, 2016 You Want It Darker Event in Los Angeles

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That a songwriter and singer would end a long and remarkable career with the statement, ‘Don’t listen to me,’ says everything about the soul of Leonard Cohen. At the end he pointed us all away from this light shining on him to the light inside all things, the source of all songs. The place where great songs come from.

It’s where he is now.

Hallelujah.quotedown2

Paul Zollo

 

Leonard Cohen: A Revelation In The Heart by Paul Zollo (American Songwriter: Dec 20, 2016)

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Leonard Cohen Recites “Listen To The Hummingbird”
Video by Allan Showalter

“Leonard Cohen went into the trenches of darkness, met loneliness, studied love, meditated and fought, sacrificing himself along the way. He made our flaws and scars feel earned and lovely” Amanda Shires

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Leonard was a seeker, a searcher and a companion to all of us that have been long-time wanderers and long-time sufferers. His songs are the kind that will last forever; they’re the kind that have been stitched to our world with elvish thread. He had a superhuman ability to translate the human condition into words and song. He explained our feelings to us and for us. He encouraged us to be compassionate and to open our eyes to each other. He went into the trenches of darkness, met loneliness, studied love, meditated and fought, sacrificing himself along the way. He made our flaws and scars feel earned and lovely. He coaxed us like hungry birds to the truths that he kept finding underneath his hat. I know that he will be forever unmatched, bringing grace to music and beauty to the parts of ourselves that we have known to be ugly.quotedown2

Amanda Shires

 

Leonard Cohen: In Tribute – American Songwriter: December 20, 2016

Credit Due Department: Photo By Erica Shires – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,via Wikipedia

“One frame at a time stop-motion: Your endearing smile remembered” Gerard Malanga Posts Leonard Cohen Elegy & Passport Photo Leonard Gave Him

Gerald Malanga is one of the most important figures from Andy Warhol’s Factory scene. In the 1960s, Leonard Cohen was in contact with  the Warhol crowd at places like Max’s Kansas City. In 1969, Malanga  published a long and rather funny poem about Leonard Cohen in which he contemplates Leonard’s poetic writing skills and love life and wonders (or doubts) if his way of doing things is the best choice.

Cohencentric posts about Gerard Malanga and his connection with Leonard Cohen can be found at Cohencentric – Gerard Malanga

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Guy Minnebach, who discovered this photo and poem. More information about Guy can be accessed at Leonard Cohen, Gerard Malanga’s Poem, And The Andy Warhol Scene – Part 1

New Leonard Cohen Book: La Historia de Leonard & Marianne By Alberto Manzano

numerisation_20161220Dominique BOILE sends notice of Alberto Manzano’s just-published La Historia de Leonard & Marianne, which Dominique describes as “a beautiful book (in Spanish) with 112 pages and many black and white photographs.” Dominique’s scans are from the book Alberto Manzano sent him personally.

Lenoir Ediciones
Spain
2016
ISBN: 978-84-945887-1-6

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