“[Leonard] Cohen’s show reminded me of some deep-down thing music can do, that words can do in a certain order, that breath can do when you’re saying something you really mean, that graciousness can do when you extend it to everyone you meet”

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I spend a lot of time thinking and wondering about what direction rock-based music is going, and sometimes I notice that things like songwriting seem to not be as popular as they used to be, that there’s a kind of stylized feint towards songwriting on a couple of modern records but it all feels kind of reflexive, perfunctory, an old-fashioned gesture in a rock landscape that’s more about statement-making production or atmosphere or just vibes. Sometimes it’s discouraging. Cohen’s show reminded me of some deep-down thing music can do, that words can do in a certain order, that breath can do when you’re saying something you really mean, that graciousness can do when you extend it to everyone you meet. This thing, this almost sacred-feeling thing, is the reason that most people get into music to begin with. This thing or different versions of it. And from day-to-day we forget it or we need to take a break from it or walk away from it for awhile. But when we come back it’s there and it’s real and it’s clear.quotedown2

 

 

Top ten experiences with music in the last year: Number One: Leonard Cohen at Barclay’s Center, Brooklyn NY. May 20th, 2012 by Will Sheff (WillSheff.com: December 24, 2012)

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 2012 Toronto Concert Comportment Posters

mandytix2-scaled1000Arrive Early, Don’t Have More Than 2 Drinks, Don’t Bring Weapons, Beware The Fog/Haze … But Most Of All, Enjoy The Show

In addition to picturing the chief entertainer “Tonight at the Air Canada Center” in Toronto, this placard (above) also points out that the “Drink Limit” is “2 Per Person” and that the “Alcohol shutdown time is at the discretion of the management.” The notice (directly below) alerts patrons that “strobes, fog/haze, and similar effects” may be employed during the show, that random bag searches may be required, and that one is not allowed to bring into the venue camera lens exceeding 75mm, food, weapons, or projectiles. Photos by Mandy MacLeod.

mandytix1-scaled1000The final poster alerts patrons to arrive early

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Note: Originally posted December 5, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Holy Cohen” – Tweets About Leonard Cohen’s 2012 Brooklyn Concert

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Leonard Cohen Threatens Guitar, Exits Gangnam Style, Plays 25+ Songs … At Dec 20, 2012 Brooklyn Show: Not So Shabby For A 78 Year-Old Icon

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Note: Originally posted December 21, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Could you imagine such greatness of soul in the temple of hockey in Montreal before … Leonard Cohen won the hearts of 12,562 spectators?” Review of 2012 Montreal Show

1454968999_1fc3a014f4_b[Google English Translation] From Leonard Cohen en spectacle à Montréal : de la grande classe by Jean-François Cyr, a review of the Nov 28, 2012 Leonard Cohen Montreal Concert (Le Huffington Post Québec: Nov 29, 2012)

Credit Due Department: Photo by Eric Bégin Note: Originally posted November 30, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Leonard Cohen can command more attention by simply removing his fedora than most performers earn in an entire evening”

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Leonard Cohen (Nov 16 at the Saddledome): Granted, there was no critical consensus about the old master’s return to Calgary. But for many – including yours truly – this was a highlight of the year, a mesmerizing celebration of song performed with grace, polish and gratitude. At 78, Cohen can command more attention by simply removing his fedora than most performers earn in an entire evening. But his powerful stage presence aside, it was the songs, the voice and the confidence that made this special, achieving a level of intimacy that I’ve never seen before at the Saddledomequotedown2


From Calgary Concerts to remember (and to forget) in 2012 – Leonard Cohen by Eric Volmers. Calgary Herald: Dec 24, 2012. Note: Originally posted December 26, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric