Leonard Cohen’s conventional live performance of First We Take Manhattan requires 6+ minutes to perform.1 Who has that kind of time? By eliminating textual redundancies (How many times do you need to hear someone tell you “I’d really like to live beside you, baby?”) and the singing, the condensed content of the song can be presented in PowerPoint format in less than 2 minutes – without the need for backup singers, a band, or wear and tear on Mr Cohen’s knees.
And, as it turns out, many venues already have handy projection screens:
Now, this change does not obviate the need for Leonard Cohen himself. Fans, after all, crave that personal contact with their icon.
Besides, do you think that laser pointer moves itself?
PowerPoint Version Of First We Take Manhattan by Leonard Cohen
Update: See the companion piece Take This Waltz By Leonard Cohen – The PowerPoint Version
Note: The earliest PowerPoint Version Of Leonard Cohen’s First We Take Manhattan was posted May 21, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric