Video Clip: Rufus Wainwright Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah At Montréal – Aug 19, 2017

 

Also see Video: You Want It Darker Featuring Gideon Zelermyer & Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir – Montréal Symphonique Aug 19, 2017

“In this Leonard Cohen world right now, the song Suzanne really represents everything that is mysterious…about great Canadian songwriting” Rufus Wainwright on “the song that defines Canada”

 

Tell us about the song that defines Canada for you?

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In this Leonard Cohen world right now, the song Suzanne really represents everything that is mysterious, shall we say, about great Canadian songwriting. I like it, because there’s an esoteric quality to it — where you don’t quite know what they’re singing about, or who it’s about, or where it takes place. It’s this kind of dreamlike quality. So I’d have to go with Suzanne, right now.quotedown2

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From Q&A: Rufus Wainwright on his family, being a Montrealer and proud Canadian – CBC News: May 21, 2017.

Rufus Wainwright On Daughter Viva’s Taste In Music “Essentially she’s a big fan of her grandfather, Leonard Cohen”

If there were songs this summer that you would want your daughter to listen to, what would they be?

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She’s listening to a lot of Moana right now. But essentially she’s a big fan of her grandfather, Leonard Cohen, and she’s starting to like my music too. But I think for a healthy upbringing, she should turn on the boob tube and see what the kids are doing.quotedown2

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Viva Katherine Cohen is the child of Rufus Wainwright & Lorca Cohen, Leonard Cohen’s daughter. The photo atop this post wasgiven to Penny Showalter by Leonard Cohen (see Thank-You Photo From Leonard Cohen To Penny Showalter)

The Rufus Wainwright quotation is from Q&A: Rufus Wainwright on his family, being a Montrealer and proud Canadian – CBC News: May 21, 2017.

Rufus Wainwright credits Leonard Cohen with providing him “a kind yet brutally strong nudge toward where I really ought to be heading”

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Tweeted by Rufus Wainwright Nov 11, 2016

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I had very few deeply personal experiences with Leonard, enough to count on one and a half hands…Like for most of us, for me he dwelled in a higher strata inhabited by some living but mostly passed icons who seemed to have this direct line to the galaxy, whilst at the same time knowing exactly when to take out the trash. But fortunately, I now covet these few personal moments…And credit them with grabbing hold and shifting the direction of the restless life my life has always taken. It was never a fundamental shift, just a kind yet brutally strong nudge toward where I really ought to be heading…Farewell Leonard, we need you now up there as much as we do down here.quotedown2

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And He Covers Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

Performing in Mesa, AZ, Rufus Wainwright explained that his vow to abstain from singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah until Trump loses had been “trumped” by Leonard Cohen’s death.

 

Credit Due Department: Photo by Ben Coombs – Rufus Wainwright live At Rock Werchter, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons

Hear Rufus Wainwright Talk About Opera, Daughter Viva Cohen, Leonard Cohen’s Health, And More

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Louise Richardson sends word that Rufus Wainwright was interviewed on Radio New Zealand Oct 29, 2016 on a variety of topics, including his love of opera, his artistic family and their reion to him being gay, and his addiction to crystal meth. Of special interest to Cohen fans is the section beginning about 13 minutes into the broadcast, which contains his comments on Leonard’s health and his relationship with Viva Cohen (whose mother is Leonard Cohen’s daughter Lorca).

The article and the broadcast itself can be accessed at Rufus Wainwright: opera, meth and family

Credit Due Department: Photo by Ben Coombs – Rufus Wainwright live At Rock Werchter, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons

Rufus Wainwright ‏To Abstain From Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Until Trump Loses

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Tweeted by Rufus Wainwright ‏ @ rufuswainwright

Update: See Rufus perform Hallelujah, explaining that his vow to abstain from singing that song until Trump loses had been “trumped” by Leonard Cohen’s death. Rufus Wainwright credits Leonard Cohen’s with providing him “a kind yet brutally strong nudge toward where I really ought to be heading”