Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA – The Video Celebration

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Video: Leonard Cohen USA Concert Highlights

I created the video, “Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA,” in commemoration of the 2009 Leonard Cohen USA Tour – a triumph and a joy still worth celebrating today.

Heck Of A Guy proudly announces the release of
Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA

A video offered in appreciation of
Leonard Cohen’s Fall 2009 US Tour
and in celebration of the
2008-2009 Leonard Cohen World Tour,
a labor born of catastrophe and betrayal
that became a triumph of music and spirit

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A Look At The Leonard Cohen Fall 2009 USA Tour

Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA is a ten minute video with photo and YouTube highlights focusing on the Fall 2009 Leonard Cohen concert series that began in Fort Lauderdale and concluded in San Jose, California. Additional scenes track back to the beginning of the Tour and Cohen’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and extends to the 2010 iteration of the Tour and beyond.

The soundtrack includes segments from “First We Take Manhattan” and “Closing Time” bracketing “Democracy,” the final song at the final concert of the USA Tour.

Thanks, Leonard Cohen, For Coming To The USA

Note: Originally posted Jan 7, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Video: Whither Thou Goest & Blessings – Weybridge 2009

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Final Moments Of The Wet, Wonderful Weybridge Show

The July 11, 2009 Leonard Cohen Weybridge concert is a show well worth recalling. As dorsetbays, the photographer who took the above shot  summarized,

Leonard Cohen put on an amazing concert at the Mercedes Benz Arena, Surrey on 11 July 2009. The weather was atrocious, heavy rain and gale force winds, but the atmosphere was electric.

Indeed, by all accounts, the concert was a Tour highlight as the performance of Cohen and his musicians and the response of the crowd simply overwhelmed the impact of the wind and rain. Consequently, I was happy to discover this video of “Whither Thou Goest” and Leonard Cohen’s blessings to the audience at Weybridge.

weybridgeclose2For an account of the show and outstanding photos and videos from the concert, I immodestly recommend two Cohencentric posts, Photos: Leonard Cohen’s Wet, Wonderful Weybridge Show – 2009 and Video: Leonard Cohen’s Stellar Performance Of Closing Time At The 2009 Weybridge Show/Storm,

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Leonard Cohen – Whither Thou Goest
Weybridge: July 11, 2009
Video from albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Jan 17, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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Video: Leonard Cohen Has Got The Moves – Nashville 2009

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The title of this video, Fancy Footwork, says it all, but just in case, I’ll explain:

This is the most fun you are going to get from feet in
25 seconds without invoking the word, “fetish.”

The video excerpt is, of course, the basis for the Leonard Cohen Animation atop this post, but the original recording, which includes the audio deleted in the gif, is particularly admirable.

Leonard Cohen, Nashville – Fancy Footwork
Video of “I’m Your Man” excerpt  from alkmrt, aka Linda Straub

Note: Originally posted Nov 22, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen & Band Travel Day – 2009 Tour

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As its title suggests, “Travel Day for Leonard Cohen Band by Dino Soldo 10/14/2009” is a cinema verite travelogue constructed around the bus-borne journey between hotels for the musicians and support staff of Leonard Cohen’s band.

The video is narrated and directed by Dino Soldo, whose primary roles the past 16 months have been playing “instruments of the wind” at World Tour concerts and occasioning a certain amount of swooning among female fans. Mr Soldo is also, not coincidentally, the star of the flick with supporting roles played by crew, other band members, and backup singers.

A small speaking part, “man in hat occupying front seat of bus,”  is adequately performed by one Leonard Cohen.

Travel Day for Leonard Cohen Band
By Dino Soldo 10/14/2009

Note: Originally posted Oct 18, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric