“[Leonard Cohen] is not your buddy; he’s your man” 2012 Toronto Review

Leonard Cohen: Toronto Dec 4, 2012

Leonard Cohen: Toronto Dec 4, 2012

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With obvious similarities, porkpie hats and fedoras fall into the same genus. Nevertheless, they’re worlds apart. While the former exudes a certain gallant roguishness (see Popeye Doyle), the latter, if worn in earnest (i.e., not you, Joey Jeremiah), radiates class and sophistication (see Leonard Cohen). Earlier this year, Cohen turned 78 years old. He is not your buddy; he’s your man. He exists in rarefied air, and he looks damn natural in a gentleman’s hat.quotedown2


Opening lines of Leonard Cohen – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON, December 4 by Scott Tavener (Exclaim: Dec 5, 2012).

Credit Due Department: Photo by Naomi Bushwoman. Originally posted December 6, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck Flashback: Austin Nov 1, 2012

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Leslie Py Wener (left) & Arlene Dick (right) at Nov 1, 2012 Austin Soundcheck

Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck: Hearing La Manic Before It’s Been Performed In Concert

Attending Leonard Cohen soundcheck can be enlightening, instructive, and even inspiring, but most of all, it’s fun. The Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck is a collection of individual instances that manifest this principle.

Leslie Py Wener writes about the Nov 1, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin soundcheck, when she and Arlene Dick were the only civilians in the audience:

It is something I will never forget in my life. Seeing Leonard play alone on stage and then later with the band was always a dream of mine. Leonard played La Manic 3 times practicing, and we were pinching ourselves with excitement as we had never heard it before. The perks of a ride to and from the venue, dinner backstage and a goodie bag was unexpected. I feel so blessed for this.

For another example of hearing a new song at soundcheck before it is ever presented to an audience, see Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck: #1. Hearing A New Leonard Cohen Song – Darkness

Credit Due Department: Photo by J.S. Carenza III. And, for the record, on of the  Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck is Joey Carenza, Road Manager of the Leonard Cohen Tour, taking your photo at soundcheck.

“It was a Leonard lovefest all around” A Visit From St. Leonard – 2012 London, ON Leonard Cohen Show Review

Portion of poster promoting the Dec 11, 2012 Leonard Cohen London, Ontario concert signed by Mr COhen

Portion of poster promoting the Dec 11, 2012 Leonard Cohen London, Ontario concert signed by Mr Cohen

A Visit From St. Leonard

A Visit From St. Leonard …. otherwise known as Leonard Cohen, whose visit I was looking forward to so much more than that of the other guy whose last name begins with the letter “C”. Revered Canadian poet and singer Leonard Cohen, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, is blessed with a marvelous baritone voice and a large repertoire of rather bleak songs that combine the religious and the sexual. Backed by a stellar group of musicians and backup singers, he entertained his London fans for over three hours with songs from recent albums, and old favourites like “Chelsea Hotel”, “Suzanne”, “Hallelujah” and “Bird on the Wire” – it was a Leonard lovefest all around.

From A Visit From St. Leonard, a report on the Dec 11, 2012 London, Ontario Leonard Cohen Concert posted Dec 13, 2012 at Forest City Fashionista. The post also contains several photos.

Credit Due Department: Photo of autographed poster by BudGardens via Twitter. Originally posted Dec 17, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2012 Dublin Concert Sweetest Little Song Banner

dublinsignFor many of us, the September 11, 12, 14 & 15, 2012 Dublin concerts are forever associated with the huge banners that flanked the stage. I am especially fond of the one displayed atop this post bearing the lines from Cohen’s poem, “The Sweetest Little Song:”

“You go your way,
I’ll go your way too”

Credit Due Department: Photo by The Spanish Cohen Brigade

Note: Originally posted Oct 19, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos Of Interest: Dec 7, 2012 Leonard Cohen Ottawa Concert

8257954940_db9e076be4_b-scaled1000While all six of these photos from the 2012 Ottawa show are of high quality, I’m especially taken with the shot of Leonard Cohen and his musicians arrayed across the front of the stage performing “The Partisan.”  Photos by Ray Seed, who also displays his shots of Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, and other musicians at his Flickr Photostream.

Note: Originally posted Dec 12, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Hear Leonard Cohen Sing “Let My People Dance” – Dublin 2012

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“Let My People Dance”

Gwen Langford, writing at Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey reported on the September 14, 2012 show:

We all loved when before Take This Waltz Cohen quoted something which included the line “Let my people dance” This was obviously a comment to the stewards to allow us dance in the aisles during this song as we made our way to the stage for the encores. I’ve yet to discover the origins of those words but it was a touching moment from Cohen to all of us which he repeated the following night

I tracked down a recording of Leonard Cohen singing “Let my people dance,” and Gwen’s right – it is touching.

Leonard Cohen’s Dublin verse of “Go Down Moses”

 

When Israel was in Egypt land
Let my people dance
Oppressed so hard they could not stand
Let my people dance

Credit Due Department: Photo by Eugene McLaughlin

Note: Originally posted Oct 19, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric