The Leonard Cohen Christmas Project
Why hasn’t there been a Leonard Cohen Christmas album? After all, Bob Dylan (whom we like to think of as “the American Leonard Cohen”) has dropped a holiday album. Heck, Twisted Sister released “Twisted Christmas,” and there’s a “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album,” “A John Waters Christmas,” Afroman’s “A Colt 45 Christmas,” and William Hung’s “Hung For The Holidays.” Surely, there’s a place in the market for Leonard’s carols.
Of course, Leonard Cohen’s songs and albums are typically the result of long gestations. “I’m Your Man” was an album three years in the making. “Hallelujah” alone, Cohen attests, took over two years to complete. “In My Secret Life” required 13 years to progress from conception to release – even with Sharon Robinson helping. Nonetheless, even Cohen’s stalwart fans can be forgiven if they despair over his Christmas compilation, which comprises only one song dating back to 1979: Silent Night performed by Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes live in Brighton – 1979
The problem seems obvious: Leonard Cohen’s muse takes Christmas off. So, to stimulate the Canadian singer-songwriter’s creative juices, I’ve prepared the cover art for a “Leonard Cohen I’m Your Santa” album (displayed atop this post) along with a few suggested Cohenesque Christmas tracks listed on the back (shown below).
Note: Originally posted Dec 6, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric