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

Superb Video: Leonard Cohen Performs The Partisan – Paris 2012

I took my gun and vanished.
I have changed my name so often,
I’ve lost my wife and children
but I have many friends,
and some of them are with me.

The Partisan – Leonard Cohen
Olympia Theatre, Paris – Sept 29, 2012
Video: albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Dec 11, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Drinking Scotch

At this point in the show I would have a cigarette here and drink some obscure scotch like Lagavulin…
– Leonard Cohen at the  Dec 5, 2012 Toronto Concert1

Leonard Cohen has been telling his 2012 concert audiences about his intent to start smoking again when he reaches 80.  At the Dec 5, 2012 Toronto concert, however, he upped the ante, adding the tippling of scotch to his anticipated 2014 onstage routine.

Consequently, to keep Cohen fans au courant with the Canadian singer-songwriter’s preferences and plans, Cohencentric offers this introduction to …

Lagavulin Scotch

Lagavulin, according to  Wikipedia, “is an Islay single malt Scotch whiskey produced at Lagavulin on the island of Islay, United Kingdom. The whiskey has a powerful, peat-smoke aroma, and is described as being robustly full-bodied, well balanced, and smooth, with a slight sweetness on the palate. The standard Lagavulin single malt is 16 years old (43%), though they regularly release a 12-year-old cask strength variety, a Distiller’s edition finished in Pedro Ximénez casks, and 25- and 30-year-old varieties.”

The lowest cost found in an online search this morning [at time of original posting: Dec 7, 2012] for the standard 750 ml bottle of Lagavulin Scotch 16 Year Single Malt was $59 (without shipping costs).

It should be noted that in the past, Leonard Cohen has also indicated, in addition to a taste for scotch, a predilection for cognac2  and Chateau La Tour 1982.3  He also concocted an alcoholic potable named Red Needles, consisting of “tequila and cranberry juice and Sprite and fresh cut fruit.”4

Update:  I can affirm that Leonard indeed partook of Lagavulin at least once in 2014.  See  Lunch At Leonard’s In LA – Leonard Cohen & Kezban Özcan Host Nosh For Duchess & DrHGuy

Note: Originally posted Dec 7, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. Quoted in Point of View: Be Leonard Cohen by Samantha Swan (Ardent Pictures: Dec 6, 2012) []
  2. I never discuss my mistresses or my tailors by Nick Paton Walsh. The Observer, Sunday 14 October 2001 []
  3. The Q Magazine Questionnaire in Q Magazine, September 1994 []
  4. Readers who have not previously tried this cocktail are strongly advised to test a few sips before committing to its consumption in quantity []

Essential 2012 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Videos: Sisters of Mercy, Closing Time & Save The Last Dance

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How Good Are These Leonard Cohen Videos?

These Aug 22, 2012 Leonard Cohen Amsterdam performance videos by Albert Noonan are so good that you should

  • Wake the children, prop them in front of the computer, and compel them to watch these videos to embed within their minds and hearts a gold standard for great musical presentations.
  • Beg/pressure/trick your friends and family who think they don’t like Leonard Cohen’s music into viewing these videos. They could well begin appreciating his work, which would enhance their lives and bring world peace just that much closer to reality. And, if they still don’t care for Leonard Cohen’s music, at least you can give up the notion of ever winning them over, realizing that they are incapable of grasping Leonard’s work, most likely because of a profound psychological flaw or a severe neurological deficit, and thus deserve our compassion.
  • Watch them yourself a dozen times or so today – both for the sheer indulgent pleasure and to remind yourself precisely why you love Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen – Sisters of Mercy
Amsterdam: Aug 22, 2012
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Leonard Cohen – Closing Time & Save The Last Dance
Amsterdam: Aug 22, 2012
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Note: Originally posted Aug 25, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric