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About the Talk
Leonard Cohen’s extraordinary lyrics and music were a symbol of our times. He captured the imagination and respect of millions worldwide and his songs and poetry spoke to a generation hungry for meaning in a turbulent world. Tonight we will hear songs and reflections from Julie Felix who met him in the 60s in Hydra and developed a lasting friendship with him. We will also be inviting the audience to share their reflections of the influence Leonard’s music had on their lives and favourite tracks. Julie will sing a few of Leonard’s songs will also sing a song she wrote to Marianne (of so long Marianne fame) who was also a close friend.
Message from Julie Felix: ‘Leonard was a friend of mine. It hit me hard when I heard of his passing. There were so many things I wanted to tell him and memories I wanted to revisit. I am grateful to have this opportunity to be part of a concert in his honour; to walk through parts of the landscape we shared, and to sing for him and for you – song is my kind of prayer.’
Julie Felix & Leonard Cohen ‘Hey,That’s No Way To Say Goodbye’ 1968
Date: Monday, February 6, 2017
Time: 19:00 to 20:30
Venue: St James’s Church
Yesterday’s posting of Stellar Video: Leonard Cohen’s Full French TV Performance – Lover, Lover, Lover 1976 prompted several viewers to alert me to another 1976 Leonard Cohen video from a French language broadcast. On July 1, 1976, Radio Television Suisse (RTS) broadcast Leonard Cohen performing Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye soon after his June 25 concert opened the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival and has now offered the video online. The descriptive language at the RTS site is somewhat ambiguous, at least in translation (“For his fans and all those who enjoyed it, extract of this concert, 01.07.1976, broadcast in the show“), but the performance captured on this video does not appear to be the concert performance.
The 1976 Tour musicians follow:
- Laura Branigan and Cheryl Barnes – backup singers
- Sid McGinnes – guitar
- Johnny Miller – bass
- Fred Thaylor – keyboards
- Luther Rix – drums
Excerpted from The Best Music Moments of ‘Transparent’ by Wondering Sound Staff Contributor (Wondering Sound: Nov 3, 2014)
Leonard Cohen, “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” (Episode 9)
In a ranking of best-named songs to fit plot points, this is easily the most brilliant. In Episode 9 (Looking Up), Shelly’s second husband Ed (Lawrence Pressman) is in a coma and Shelly is in agony waiting for him to die, as her kids are all too selfish to realize she needs help and is lonely, and Maura is the only one there to comfort her. While the Pfeffermans are in the kitchen plotting to off him with Percoset (save for Ali, who’s disgusted and the only one who’s shown any concern for Ed), we see Ed pull himself out of his bed and plunge toward the front door to escape. Then we cut to a scene early in Ed and Shelly’s relationship, where he tells a joke involving Alzheimer’s and the clap, and he says with a smile, “I’m just here to make you happy.” Ed raises his glass with a toast of “l’chaim” (“to life” in Hebrew), and “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” by Leonard Cohen plays through the credits. It’s a sweet ode to Ed, who, while unable to speak in the present day, has always come across as endearing (when he escaped early in the show, he returned with a caricature and cotton candy), even though Shelly wrote him off as a pain in her ass. “Yes many loved before us, I know that we are not new/ in city and in forest they smiled like me and you,” Cohen sings, “But let’s not talk of love or chains and things we can’t untie/ your eyes are soft with sorrow/ Hey, that’s no way to say goodbye.” — L.L.
Leonard Cohen – Hey That`s No Way To Say Goodbye