Leonard Cohen Backstage Photos: Ghent 2012

J.S. Carenza, Road Manager for the Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour, offers these unique photos taken backstage during the Ghent show and soundcheck on Aug 18, 2012.

Note: Originally posted Aug 18, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2012 Leonard Cohen Austin Soundcheck: Viva Cohen Identifies Guy Singing Light As The Breeze – “Papou”

Duchess and I (in foreground of above photo) had been paying homage at the soundcheck prior to the Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin concert for a few minutes when Kezban Özcan, Cohen’s assistant, and Viva Cohen, his 20 month old granddaughter, joined us.  Noticing the man in the suit and hat on stage, Viva began excitedly pointing at him, gleefully announcing to us,”Papou, Papou.”  This small commotion, in turn, caused the Grocer Of Despair to flash the broadest of smiles and wave happily – all without missing a beat as he continued his rehearsal of these lines:

it don’t matter how you worship
as long as you’re
down on your knees.
So I knelt there at the delta,
at the alpha and the omega,
at the cradle of the river and the seas.

Yep, I suspect the Papou version of “Light As The Breeze” is going to be stuck in my head for a while.

Note: The latest entry on the Leonard Cohen Nicknames List is

227. Papou1

Credit Due Department: Photo of DrHGuy & Duchess by  Kezban Özcan. Originally posted Nov 15, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. Viva Cohen, personal communication []

Video: Sharon Robinson’s Impeccable Performance Of Alexandra Leaving – 2012 Leonard Cohen Ghent Concert

And you who were bewildered by a meaning
Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed
Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving
Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost

Sharon Robinson inevitably performs Alexandra Leaving, a song she and Leonard Cohen co-wrote, with overwhelming intensity and power. In this solo effort at the August 14, 2012 Ghent show, she outdoes herself.

Sharon Robinson – Alexandra Leaving
Ghent – Aug 14, 2012
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Note: Originally posted Aug 19, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Backstage Video: Dancing With The (Unified Heart) Stars – 2012 Leonard Cohen Wembley Concert

Sublime Brit Charley Webb and Barcelona virtuoso Javier Mas spontaneously dancing to Moldovan Alex Bublitchi’s violin backstage at a Leonard Cohen concert – this is so cosmopolitan Cohenite-cool that the only possible enhancement would be the addition of Leonard Cohen himself cutting in (an event that, according to my calculations, would approach critical mass for charm and thus risk nuclear meltdown).

Posted Sept 9, 2012 by J.S. Carenza III with the caption: Javier Mas and Charley Webb have a quickspin around backstage. 


 

Note: Originally posted Sept 10, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric