Leonard Cohen Video Of The Day: End Of 2012 Montreal Concert Compilation

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This video is an honorary member of , the informal Cohencentric series based on the  realization that some Leonard Cohen concert photos taken from the cheap seats more than compensate for the lack of closeup shots with intriguing angles and perspectives hidden to those photographing the show from directly in front of the stage. In this case, however. the obstacle is not bad seats but the video police. The videographer, cohenadmirer1, explains

I was told not to film but got some rough video towards the end of the concert.  Here it is. Includes Going Home … First We Take Manhattan…Closing Time …. I Tried To Leave You.

The result is a video salmagundi of action taking place in the audience as well as on the stage and telescreens with abrupt visual and audio cuts, distorted views, jumbled images, … Featured alongside the performances are such delights as an audience member intently videotaping the show while singing along, drummer Rafael Bernardo Gayol blowing a kiss and not blowing the drumstick toss and catch, closeup guitar picking, and – yep – much more. (See the gallery of screenshots below)

And, it’s great, capturing the excitement, tension, joyfulness, and ambivalence that mark the end of a Leonard Cohen concert.

Leonard Cohen In Concert
Montreal: Nov 29, 2012
Video by cohenadmirer1

Note: Originally posted Feb 16, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Videos: Comparing The Incomparable Sharon Robinson’s 2010 & 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Solos

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Featuring Sharon Robinson

During the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour, Sharon Robinson won praise as the featured soloist on “Boogie Street.”  In 2012, her solo turn on “Alexandra Leaving” was a highlight of the Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Tour concerts.

Both “Boogie Street” and “Alexandra Leaving” were written by Sharon Robinson and Leonard Cohen in collaboration.  For more about Sharon Robinson’s career and, especially, her work with Leonard Cohen, see Why Leonard Cohen Calls Her “The Incomparable Sharon Robinson” and Sharon Robinson On Career Choice, Leonard Cohen, Ann-Margaret, Songwriting, Tour Surprises, … And My Dance Moves.

Today’s post offers a video of a great performance by Sharon Robinson of each of these songs,

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Sharon Robinson – Boogie Street
Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Sept 3, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

Sharon Robinson – Alexandra Leaving
Olympia Music Hall, Paris
Sept 29, 2012
Video by albertnoonan

Credit Due Department: Both of the superb photos of Sharon Robinson appearing in this post were taken by Marc Roed at the Aug 26, 2012 Leonard Cohen Aalborg concert. Originally posted at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Up Close Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Anyhow – Montreal Nov 29, 2012

I know it really is a pity
The way you treat me now
I know you can’t forgive me
But forgive me anyhow
The ending got so ugly
I even heard you say
You never ever loved me
But could you love me anyway

Leonard Cohen – Anyhow
Montreal: Nov 29, 2012
Video by MadLennyFan aka Mandy MacLeod

Note: Originally posted Dec 16, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Intense Performance Of Darkness – Madison Square Garden 2012

I caught the darkness
Drinking from your cup
I said is this contagious?
You said just drink it up

Leonard Cohen – Darkness
Madison Square Garden, NYC: Dec 18, 2012
Video: rlamtk

Note: Originally posted Dec 22, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Asked & Answers “Why Was The King Baffled?” – Brooklyn 2012

Somehow it seems fitting that the question “Why was the king baffled?” from the lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

It goes like this
The fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing Hallelujah

was asked of and answered by the song’s composer in Brooklyn as he was leaving the theater Dec 20, 2012, having completed the final concert of the 2012 Tour.

Leonard Cohen Question
Video: Tony Azios

Note: Originally posted Dec 22, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

A Portrait Of Leonard Cohen’s Stage Presence – At Soundcheck

This striking, gorgeous image depicting Leonard Cohen’s intensity at a routine pre-concert rehearsal goes far to explain the impact his performances had on audiences.

Credit Due Department: This photo, taken at soundcheck (either Dec 15 or 16, 2012) on the stage of the sumptuous Wang Theatre in Boston, is from Sharon Robinson’s Facebook page. Originally posted Dec 23, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric