Video: Leonard Cohen Recites, Webbs Sing If It Be Your Will – Oslo 2010

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The Poems Of Leonard Cohen In Concert

Leonard Cohen’s recitations of :If It Be Your Will” have consistently been some of the most moving moments of the Leonard Cohen World Tour concerts. Cohen’s narration of “If It Be Your Will” is part of his introduction to the Webb Sisters’ presentation of the song, and the contrast in timbre and meter enhance the performances of both Cohen and the Webbs.

Leonard Cohen & Webb Sisters – If It Be Your Will
Oslo: Aug 6, 2010
Video from itriedtoleaveyou

Note: Originally posted Aug 24, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos & “Who By Fire” Video: 2010 Leonard Cohen Dortmund Concert

dort1This videos posted here include a five minute solo played by Javier Mas as the introduction to “Who By Fire,” almost all of which appears to be different from his previous renditions. It is also gorgeous. The photos are by Marjan Doets, Netherlands.and C.Carle/R.Strugala.

Javier Mas – Who By Fire Intro
Dortmund: Sept 29, 2010
Video from golittlesong, aka Henning

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Leonard Cohen – Who By Fire
Dortmund: Sept 29, 2010
Video from golittlesong, aka Henning 

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Note: Originally posted Oct 4, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Anthem, Quotes Yeats – Sligo 2010

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Signature Sequence Of Leonard Cohen Lissadell House Concert

Leonard Cohen closed the first set of the July 31, 2010 Lissadell House concert by  quoting the opening lines from  “In Memory Of Eva Gore-Booth And Con Markiewicz” by William Butler Yeats –

The light of evening, Lissadell,
Great windows open to the south,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.

Leonard Cohen – Yeats Quote & Anthem
Lissadell House, Sligo: July 31, 2010
Video from albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Aug 6, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA – The Video Celebration

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Video: Leonard Cohen USA Concert Highlights

I created the video, “Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA,” in commemoration of the 2009 Leonard Cohen USA Tour – a triumph and a joy still worth celebrating today.

Heck Of A Guy proudly announces the release of
Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA

A video offered in appreciation of
Leonard Cohen’s Fall 2009 US Tour
and in celebration of the
2008-2009 Leonard Cohen World Tour,
a labor born of catastrophe and betrayal
that became a triumph of music and spirit

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A Look At The Leonard Cohen Fall 2009 USA Tour

Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA is a ten minute video with photo and YouTube highlights focusing on the Fall 2009 Leonard Cohen concert series that began in Fort Lauderdale and concluded in San Jose, California. Additional scenes track back to the beginning of the Tour and Cohen’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and extends to the 2010 iteration of the Tour and beyond.

The soundtrack includes segments from “First We Take Manhattan” and “Closing Time” bracketing “Democracy,” the final song at the final concert of the USA Tour.

Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA

Note: Originally posted Jan 7, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Video: Whither Thou Goest & Blessings – Weybridge 2009

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Final Moments Of The Wet, Wonderful Weybridge Show

The July 11, 2009 Leonard Cohen Weybridge concert is a show well worth recalling. As dorsetbays, the photographer who took the above shot  summarized,

Leonard Cohen put on an amazing concert at the Mercedes Benz Arena, Surrey on 11 July 2009. The weather was atrocious, heavy rain and gale force winds, but the atmosphere was electric.

Indeed, by all accounts, the concert was a Tour highlight as the performance of Cohen and his musicians and the response of the crowd simply overwhelmed the impact of the wind and rain. Consequently, I was happy to discover this video of “Whither Thou Goest” and Leonard Cohen’s blessings to the audience at Weybridge.

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Leonard Cohen – Whither Thou Goest
Weybridge: July 11, 2009
Video from albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Jan 17, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. Wouldn’t “The Blessings Of Weybridge” be a dandy name for a BBC sitcom?” []

Then We Take Trouville: Making Of The Leonard Cohen-Dominique Issermann First We Take Manhattan Music Video

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Then We Take Trouville

This quirky, entertaining, little-seen video, featuring Joe Cocker’s cover of Leonard Cohen’s “First We Take Manhattan,” documents, as the YouTube description has it, “the making of the music video “First we take Manhattan then we take Berlin” of Leonard Cohen directed by Dominique Issermann in 1988.” It offers lots of shots of Leonard and Dominique Issermann producing a film in the rain.

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The First We Take Manhattan Video

The final version of the video produced for First We Take Manhattan is embedded below.

Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Esther Parks, who alerted me to this video.

Note: Originally posted Aug 29, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric