For a fleeting moment in 2009, YouTube blessed us with a live video of Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah at the June 24, 1988 Laugardalshöll, Reykjavik, Iceland concert. It was a particularly lovely version that impressed many viewers, inducing me. As we have experienced many times, however, YouTube giveth, and YouTube taketh away. All traces of Leonard Cohen’s 1988 Icelandic concert, including the performance of Hallelujah, have disappeared from YouTube and similar sites.
I have serendipitously come across another YouTube posting of the same video, albeit of lesser quality. Although it’s described on YouTube as having taken place in 1985, this appears to be a segment from the June 24, 1988 concert in Reykjavik, Iceland, which was used in a program broadcast on Icelandic TV. Included are bits of an interview, an Icelandic cover of “Hallelujah,” and, most importantly, a version of “Hallelujah” sung by Cohen (with backup singers Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen) that is not only distinct from every other rendition of that song I’ve heard before but perhaps the most moving performance of “Hallelujah” by anyone, anywhere, anytime.
Make no mistake – the color is distorted, the editing clumsy, and the subtitles distracting, and we don’t get our first vision of Leonard singing until just past the 2 minute mark, but the live scenes of Leonard Cohen and backup singers, Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, performing are overwhelmingly moving. (For the record, I believe my own version of this performance at Video: Leonard Cohen’s Gorgeous Performance Of Hallelujah – Reykjavik 1988 has its own merits and urge you to take a look if you haven’t seen it before.)
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Reykjavik: June 24, 1988
Note: Originally posted Dec 18, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
An Effective Presentation Of A Lesser Known Leonard Cohen-Sharon Robinson Song
“The Letters,” written and performed by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson, is a song I’ve considered benignly unremarkable.1 Viewing this video comprising a series of simple animations, however, has raised my interest in and appreciation of this track from the Dear Heather album. The effectiveness of the visual images appears to be less the result of offering interpretive clues than providing focus.
Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson – The Letters
From Dear Heather
Video from cronogeo
Note: Originally posted Dec 16, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
- I should note that, while I stand by my description of “The Letters” as a lesser known Leonard Cohen-Sharon Robinson Song, I am also aware that there are many who have long held a special fondness for this song. [↩]
The title of this video, Fancy Footwork, says it all, but just in case, I’ll explain:
This is the most fun you are going to get from feet in
25 seconds without invoking the word, “fetish.”
The video excerpt is, of course, the basis for the Leonard Cohen Animation atop this post, but the original recording, which includes the audio deleted in the gif, is particularly admirable.
Leonard Cohen, Nashville – Fancy Footwork
Video of “I’m Your Man” excerpt from alkmrt, aka Linda Straub
Note: Originally posted Nov 22, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
From Leonard Cohen Can’t Slow Down by Gavin Edwards. Rolling Stone (India): October 24, 2014. Photo by SPBer – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons. See other Leonard Cohen geopolitical quotes at Leonard Cohen On Location
Note: Originally posted November 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
This rare, gorgeously designed and executed French advertisement for Leonard Cohen’s The Future album was published in Les Inrockuptibles (December 1992, n° 41, p 59). The heading, “LA VOIX DE L’ÂME …” translated into English is “THE VOICE OF THE SOUL…” From Dominique BOILE
Note: Originally posted Aug 6, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric