2012 Leonard Cohen Ottawa Concert: “A show full of life, grace, humor, and stanzas matured over the years”

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His hands, his hat and his grace. Leonard Cohen’s style is still there, haunting and lascivious,  flowing slowly to support each word and to regale, to savor more than to sing … ‘I do not know when we meet again, but we will give everything we have tonight!’ he whispered in a very charming French … before introducing the strongest of all his songs: Dance Me To The End Of Love … The average duration of the service? More than three hours. Scotiabank Place was no exception to the rule, the singing was continuing when this went to press. A show full of life, grace, humor, and stanzas matured over the years. [Google Translation]quotedown2

 

 

From Le poète qui suspendait le temps (“The poet who suspended time”), Maud Cucchi’s review of  the Dec 7, 2012 Leonard Cohen Ottawa concert, LeDroit: Dec 8, 2012.

Note: Originally posted December 14, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: “I love to see you dancing down the aisle” Leonard Cohen’s Closing Blessing At 2012 London, Ontario Show

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Leonard Cohen’s closing at the Dec 11, 2012 London, Ontario concert included not only his blessings, an admonition to drive carefully, a thank you to concert-goers, a huge smile accompanied by a wave, and his trademark skipping exit but also (at 0:45) his appreciation of audience members dancing in the aisle.

Video: Ela Kaca

Note: Originally posted December 13, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Though [Leonard Cohen’s] songbook is the Iliad and Odyssey of sex, god and death, it is clearly a labor of love”

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I’d think it would be safe to say that 2012 was the year of the codger. Among the many best-of-the-year lists in current circulation, you can find: (55 year old) Bob Pollard’s Guided By Voices, (63 year old) Bruce Springsteen, (64 yr old) Jimmy Cliff, (65 yr old) Patti Smith, (67 year old) Neil Young’s fierce tour and new album with Crazy Horse, (68 year old) Bobby Womack, (70 yr old) Brian Wilson’s reunited Beach Boys, and (71 yr old) Bob Dylan, whose inspired Tempest may be the result of early onset dementia. The king of the alta-cockers would be Leonard Cohen, who at 78 released Old Ideas, an album which finds the Jewish-Buddhist poet at his most dark, cool and classic. … Looking sharp as always, like the missing link between Tony Bennett and William. S. Burroughs, Cohen sauntered onstage to a gregarious amount of applause, followed by the audience sitting down and shutting the fuck up, thinking ‘let the man speak.’ … By the time he walked off the stage, the intellectuals in the audience were getting up and shouting, which was not what I was expecting from the evening. Cohen’s body of work, written and recorded, speaks for itself; and though his songbook is the Iliad and Odyssey of sex, god and death, it is clearly a labor of love; his performance was the stuff of hoots and hollers, not cold and broken Hallelujahs.quotedown2


 

From Hoot & Holler, or Shout Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen rapturous at Barclay Center by [Review of December 20, 2012  Barclays Center Show] Jamie Frey.  Jersey Beat.

Note: Originally posted December 24, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Signs Of Leonard Cohen: Bucharest, Romania For DrHGuy” 2012 Concert Poster Courtesy Of Joey Carenza

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Signs of Leonard Cohen Bucharest, Romania for DrHGuy” This poster promoting the Sept 22, 2012 Leonard Cohen Bucharest Concert along with the quoted caption was posted today at Notes From The Road by Joey Carenza. Is he a nice guy or what?

Note: Originally posted December 28, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric