A rare variation of the promotional poster for the Old Ideas album. (84 x 60 cm) From the private collection of Dominique BOILE.
Note: Originally posted October 11, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
While this app is no longer available, Cohencentric is reposting the Aug 24, 2012 1HeckOfAGuy.com review so that old fans can relive those heady days and newer fans can have a taste of the way it used to be.
The Leonard Cohen iPhone app by DKB Productions was released Aug 23, 2012 and is available for installation1 at the App Store. My report on the app’s features based on my test drive of it follows.
Opening the app triggers a quote recited by Leonard. The presumptive favorite is the Canadian singer-songwriter murmuring “Hello, Darling.” Other offerings derive from his lyrics, poetry, and interviews, including The Sweetest Little Song from Book of Longing:
You go your way
I’ll go your way too.
The News page appears to be linked to the news page of the official Leonard Cohen site and, is, as can be seen above, fairly limited.
This video is a sequence of vignettes, all shot and directed by Dominique Issermann on her iPhone, for eight of the songs on the Old Ideas album. These range from slideshows of Leonard Cohen photographs taken by Issermann to video sequences over which Leonard Cohen sings but in which he does not appear. The vignettes themselves are in black and white although the title inserts are in color.
There is, as well, the occasional product placement.
This video is also available on the Leonard Cohen iPhone app and was discussed in the Leonard Cohen – There Once Was An App For That: Review Of The 2012 Leonard Cohen iPhone App/
Note: Originally posted Aug 30, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
More photos from this event can be found at
Most of the songs of the last three albums [Old Ideas, Popular Problems, You Want It Darker] were songs that I’ve been working on for many years. Their placement in one album or another depended on when I was able to complete them. You Want It Darker does not stand in deliberate contrast to Almost Like The Blues. These themes have been kicking around for quite a while. They just came together at different times.
From Adam Cohen à la rescousse by Alain de Repentigny [From English Q&A] (La Presse: Oct 19, 2016).
Information about You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen, including reviews like this, is collected and updated at Info & Updates: Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker
These two posters (one large; one small) were found in different locations on Oranienburger Strasse in Berlin. The striking photos were taken at the end of January 2012 by Andrea Schwarzwaelder Dolfino (Verona).
Note: Originally posted March 20, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric