“I sing his songs to come to terms with the loss I feel in my heart every day and to keep him alive and well here in his beautiful body of work.” Perla Batalla Performs Leonard Cohen’s So Long, Marianne & Famous Blue Raincoat

quoteup2
I sing his songs to come to terms with the loss I feel in my heart every day and to keep him alive and well here in his beautiful body of work. Thank you Leonard Cohen for leaving these songs behind and for encouraging me to sing them. Under the moon and the stars and the voices rising in song (Hallelujah), we all felt it…your presence and peace, for a moment.quotedown2

Perla Batalla

From Perla Batalla’s Instagram

Perla Batalla – So Long, Marianne (Leonard Cohen)
Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena: July 29, 2017

Perla Batalla – Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)
Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena: July 29, 2017

Other videos from this concert: Hallelujah & Bird On The Wire

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Chema from Barcelona, who alerted med to these videos.

Striking Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Anthem – Adelaide 2013

adelaideI can’t run no more
With that lawless crowd
While the killers in high places
Say their prayers out loud
But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up
A thundercloud
And they’re going to hear from me

Leonard Cohen – Anthem
Adelaide: Dec 11, 2013
Video by by alanm5049

Note: Originally posted Dec 12, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Video: Webb Sisters Perform If It Be Your Will – Brussels 2013

If it be your will,
That I speak no more:
And my voice be still,
As it was before …

Leonard Cohen, featuring Hattie & Charlie Webb – If It Be Your Will
Brussels: June 30, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted July 6, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Video: Sharon Robinson Performs Alexandra Leaving – Brussels 2013

sharonAs someone long prepared for the occasion
In full command of every plan you wrecked
Do not choose a coward’s explanation
that hides behind the cause and the effect

Leonard Cohen, featuring Sharon Robinson – Alexandra Leaving
Brussels: June 30, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted July 6, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs A Singer Must Die – Sydney 2010

“Singer Must Die” Surprises, Delights Leonard Cohen Fans

And all the ladies go moist, and the judge has no choice,
a singer must die for the lie in his voice.

I had complained about  “the sparsity of videos from the Leonard Cohen World Tour posted on YouTube since the New Zealand-Australia leg began,” but catching this rarity on video compensates for a lot.

Leonard Cohen – A Singer Must Die
Sydney: Nov 9, 2010
Video from esquared11

Note: Originally posted Nov 10, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric