New Video: Leonard Cohen’s Evocative Performance Of I Tried To Leave You – Florence 2010

triedtoGoodnight, my darling, I hope you’re satisfied,
The bed is kind of narrow, but my arms are open wide.
And here’s a man still working for your smile.

Uploaded Dec 29, 2016, this Albert Noonan video offers not only Leonard Cohen’s own moving rendition of I Tried To Leave You and his end of concert blessings but also spotlights performances by band members.

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Florence: Sept 1, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen Performs I Tried To Leave You – Amsterdam 2013

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The spotlighted performances by Leonard Cohen’s musicians, a regular feature of I Tried To Leave You, are, at least to my ear, especially inspired in this rendition. The first two solos featuring Mitch Watkins on guitar and Alex Bublitchi on violin, are exemplary. And, This video includes a Rafael Gayol moment that is examined at The Leonard Cohen Amsterdam Concert Percussive Projectile Incident: Errant Drumstick Launch Or Ninja Drummer Move?

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Amsterdam: Sept 20, 2013
Video: albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Sept 23, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Don’t Miss The Spectacular 1985 Leonard Cohen Kalvøya, Norway Concert Videos

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The Leonard Cohen Kalvøya Videos

After years of now you see them, now you don’t availability, the NRK TV broadcast of the June 30, 1985 performance by Leonard Cohen at Kalvøyafestivalen (Isle of Calf Music Festival), near Oslo, Norway has consistently online at the same site for the past two years.1

kbannerThe NRK offering comprises the entire broadcast of the festival, including  four Leonard Cohen songs: “Memories,” “Heart With No Companion,” “Story of Isaac,” and “I Tried to Leave You,” and a brief interview with the Canadian singer-songwriter.

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The color and clarity of these recordings are outstanding and the performances, with Anjani Thomas on the keyboards and vocals, are solid. Most importantly, watching these videos is moving, exhilarating, and fun.
1985anjaniAnd, with his hair slicked back, his beard stylishly scruffy, a cigarette in one hand, and a microphone in the other (note the dramatic microphone dip at 1:58), Leonard Cohen’s matinee idol persona, typically used in the performance of “Memories,” has never been more enjoyable.

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  1. On Aug 8, 2009, 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric, posted Baby, Baby, Baby – Leonard Cohen & Anjani Sing The Blues In Norway celebrating the YouTube appearance of three videos, “I Tried to Leave You,” “Heart With No Companion,” and “Story of Isaac,” extracted from the TV broadcast of the June 30, 1985 performance by Leonard Cohen in Kalvøya, Norway. Then, the videos were removed, then  reappeared, and then disappeared again. In 2013, some of the Kalvoya performances, including “Memories,”  a performance not previously available, were uploaded to Daily Motion. Sadly, “I Tried To Leave You” is missing. []

Video: Strong Leonard Cohen Performance Of I Tried To Leave You + Band Solos – Ghent 2010

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Worthy of special note are the intense solo efforts of Dino Soldo and Sharon Robinson and  the responsiveness of the especially enthusiastic audience.

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Gent: Aug 22, 2010
Video from albertnoonan

Credit Due Department: The striking photo atop this post was taken by Eija Arjatsalo at LeonardCohenForum.

Note: Originally posted Jan 13, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on his songs about lovers forever parting or “condemned to each other for eternity”

I Tried To Leave You – “This Is A Monogamous Song”

Interviewer: In so much of your poetry and songs your lovers are forever parting.
Leonard Cohen: That’s true.
Interviewer: Do you know why?
Leonard Cohen: I don’t remember the songs I wrote a long time ago – they are all saying goodbye.
Interviewer: Well they are leaving each other.
Leonard Cohen: Well I have some here in which they are condemned to each other for eternity, on my new record, for instance I have this song that goes like this:

I tried to leave you, I don’t deny
I closed the book on us at least a hundred times I wake up every morning by your side
the years go by, you loose your pride
the baby is crying so You do not go outside
and all your work is right before your eyes goodnight, my darling
I hope you’re satisfied
the bed is kind of narrow,
but my arms are opened wide
and here’s a man working for your smile.

This is a monogamous song.
Interviewer: You still use the word, “condemn”
Leonard Cohen: Lovers condemned like mated beasts to tie same cage with a long embrace and fighting over scraps of freedom there is aversion of the thing, which is very unattractive. I think anyone who has lived with anyone else knows what I mean.

From an interview with Malka Marom (1970s)

Video: Best Of 2009 Leonard Cohen World Tour – San Jose Performance Of I Tried To Leave You

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Goodnight, my darling, I hope you’re satisfied,
The bed is kind of narrow, but my arms are open wide.
And here’s a man still working for your smile.

Featuring Dino Soldo Executing Full Cohen Kneel

The Dino Soldo acrobatics – part of the sequence of spotlighted solos for each band member – begin at 1:13.

For the first time in a sanctioned event, Dino Soldo, starting in the Modified Perch position on the sound monitor apparatus, transitions into a Full Cohen Kneel during his harmonica solo in “I Tried To Leave You,” sticks it, pumps thrice, then adds an unexpected Kneeling Sidestep lateral movement, and finally ascends, returning to his position on the sound monitor.

The applause from the appreciative audience extends past his dismount until the next competitor begins.

Dino Soldo in Full Cohen Kneel

Dino Soldo in Full Cohen Kneel

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
San Jose: Nov 13, 2009
Video from albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Nov 15, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric