Video – Leonard Cohen Talks About His Life On Hydra: Why He Came, How He Met Marianne, Writing Books & Songs There …

I met a girl and I stayed for eight or ten years.
Yeah, that’s the way it was in those days.

Leonard Cohen

“This was the laboratory of my youth”

In this video, excerpted from the 1988 film Songs From The Life Of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen, accompanied by his backup singers Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, revisits the home in Hydra that he shared with Marianne of So Long Marianne  In addition to a discussion of his life on Hydra, this clip includes performances  of Who By Fire, Bird On The Wire, So Long Marianne, Partisan, and Famous Blue Raincoat.

Perla Batalla Performs Bird on the Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen: Thousand Oaks, CA

The Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza’s Scherr Forum Theatre will feature Grammy-nominated vocalist, composer and arranger Perla Batalla at 7:30 p.m. Sat., Oct. 22 at 2100 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.

Batalla will be performing songs from her latest CD, “Bird on the Wire: The Songs of Leonard Cohen” The Los Angelesborn singer-songwriter joined Cohen as a backup singer for his world tour in 1988. In addition to working with artists including k.d. lang, the Gipsy Kings and Jennifer Warnes, Batalla started her solo career in 1993 with the release of her self-titled debut album on Warner/Discovery. “Bird on the Wire,” released in 2005, was well-received by critics. Sing Out Magazine called it “beautifully conceived and executed” and said the album provides a “wonderful introduction” to Cohen’s music.

Tickets range from $29 to $39 via Ticketmaster at (800) 745- 3000 or They’re also available in person through the CAP box office. For more information, call (805) 449-2787 or visit Batalla’s website is

All above information is from Cohen songs take wing at T.O. concert (Thousand Oaks Acorn: Oct 13, 2016)