Here It Is: Video Tribute To Leonard Cohen’s Hero – Muhammad Ali, The Greatest

alifOana & Stefan Cajal offer Here It Is, The Greatest, their 15th Cohenesque picto-video, a tribute to Muhammad Ali, inspired by the discovery “that Muhammad Ali is our hero’s hero!” (See Leonard Cohen Names His Hero: Muhammad Ali) The soundtrack is Here It Is by Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson from Ten New Songs (2001).

Oana and Stefan Cajal’s evocative, Leonard Cohen-themed videos have been cherished features at Cohencentric. All Cajal videos can be found at Oana Maria Cajal.


Leonard Cohen Sculpture – Tiny Sparks Studio

From the Tiny Sparks Etsy site:

My name is Marina and I am a Spanish sculptor based in France. Here you will find all my available sculptures. They are all handmade, original pieces, made with love and polymer clay 🙂

Alex Da Corte’s Chelsea Hotel No. 2 Video For New Skin For The Old Ceremony MoMA Exhibit Jumpstarts Career

Alex Da Corte Chelsea Hotel no. 2, 2010 (still) HD digital video 3:04 minutes Courtesy of the artist FOR PRESS

Alex Da Corte
Chelsea Hotel no. 2, 2010 (still)
Courtesy of the artist

Reimagined New Skin for the Old Ceremony Video Introduces Alex Da Corte To Art World

New Skin for the Old Ceremony is a compilation of short moving-image pieces set to the music and lyrics of Leonard Cohen’s 1974 album of the same title. Organized in 2011 by Cohen’s daughter, Lorca, and Darin Klein, Programs Coordinator, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, the film comprises pieces that mirror the album’s original track listing. This event was extensively covered in Reimagined New Skin for the Old Ceremony Opens At MoMA April 14, 2011

This exhibit proved the key to the ascendancy of at least one of the artists, Alex Da Corte, as indicated in this excerpt from Alex Da Corte’s ‘Free Roses’ Puts His Eccentricities on View by Randy Kennedy (New York Times: March 27, 2016):

After attending the School of Visual Arts in New York with thoughts of becoming a Disney animator, and later earning an M.F.A. from Yale, he came to notice in the art world fairly quickly in 2010 with a three-minute video inspired by and set to the 1974 Leonard Cohen song “Chelsea Hotel #2.” Mr. Da Corte made the video shortly after his car, with his computer, clothes and all of his studio notes, had been stolen from a street in New York. Depressed, he returned to Philadelphia and went to one of his favorite no-frills supermarkets, Fine Fare on West Girard Street in the beleaguered Ludlow neighborhood, and loaded a shopping cart, mostly with processed food and plastic.

With a cellphone camera and a white backdrop, he took the things he had bought and in only a few hours made the video, a stark poetic progression in which pairs of dirty hands perform a kind of ballet with the cheapest consumer goods — slicing a piece of bologna in half, stacking white bread, crumpling a plastic happy-face bag attached to a fan, pouring purple dish soap into a neon-green clothes hamper.

“Watching it still kind of breaks my heart, because it makes me think that I wish it could always be that easy,” Mr. Da Corte said, sitting on the ground in the hallucinogenic-patterned gallery where the video runs.

From Alex Da Corte: Free Roses (MASS MoCA site)

The exhibition features two of Da Corte’s most important video works. The first is the seminal Chelsea Hotel No. 2 (2010), named for Leonard Cohen’s song of the same title, which provides the soundtrack. The work can be understood as an index of Da Corte’s vocabulary of materials, colors, and processes. Two hands—variously covered in flour, dirt, aluminum foil, and packing tape—manipulate foodstuffs and objects, including bread slices, bananas, grapes, cherries, bologna, and lettuce, as well as a plastic grocery bag, broom, and IKEA chair. The video bursts with color featuring a bright orange bucket, a robin’s egg blue plastic bowl, and cherry-red soda. Ketchup, soda, and nail polish mimic both paint and bodily secretions. As a study and a performance of color, texture, movement, sound, smell, and desire, the video brings to mind a number of precedents including the performances of the Viennese Actionists, as well as Fischli/Weiss’ 1987 film celebrating the magic of making sculpture, The Way Things Go, and Richard Serra’s Verb List from 1967–68 (Da Corte’s version might read “stacking bread,” “shaking soda,” and “squeezing ketchup”).

Video: Alex Da Corte – Chelsea Hotel No. 2

Chelsea Hotel No. 2 from alex da corte on Vimeo.

Cohenite View Of The World – A New Yorker Style Map Of Leonard Cohen Land C. 2012


Cohenlandia Cartography

In honor of the New Yorker’s publication of the Leonard Cohen poem, “Going Home” and the streaming of the “Going Home” track from the Old Ideas album from the New Yorker web site in Jan 2012, we offer the Cohencentric version of “View of the World from 9th Avenue,” the iconic 1976 New Yorker cover drawn by Saul Steinberg that depicted the world as seen from a New Yorker’s perspective.

Steinberg_New_Yorker_CoverUpdate May 4, 2016: Cohenites who were actively following the Canadian singer-songwriter’s career in early 2012 will probably recognize almost all of the locations on the Cohencentric Cohenlandia Map. Because, however, some Leonard Cohen fan sites have undergone name changes and, sadly, other sites are no longer active, newer fans may be mystified by certain references.

Credit Due Department: View of the World from 9th Avenue by Source, Fair use, via Wikipedia

Originally posted Jan 20, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric


Hallelujah On Fire – Part 3 Of The Longing Trilogy Dedicated To Leonard Cohen


The complete title and description of the video offered by the authors follow:

“Hallelujah On Fire”, dedicated to LC.
A Cohenesc voyage to the end of the begining of…
Venus Of Urbino, an enigmatic leitmotif of sensuality
in the famous ironic window of the holy and the broken.
nonexplanatory visual hymn of love, beauty, sex, betrayal, death,
faith and surrender.

Dr Heck Note: Viewers will, I believe, find their experience of this work enhanced by taking a look at the discussion and presentation of the two earlier parts of Oana Cajal’s Leonard Cohen-inspired Longing Trilogy videos posted at

All posted Cajal videos can be found at .

Hallelujah On Fire
The Longing Trilogy – Part 3
Video by oana maria cajal

Video: Dreaming Suzanne – Dedicated To Leonard Cohen


Part Two Of “The Essential Longing Trilogy” (Dedicated To Leonard Cohen)

This is Part Two Of “The Essential Longing Trilogy”

All Cajal videos can be found at Oana Maria Cajal

Dreaming Suzanne By Oana And Stefan Cajal
Video by oana maria cajal

Note: Originally posted April 16, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Featured In Stars of David Exhibition At Jewish Museum Vienna

plakatsujetStars of David: The Sound Of The 20th Century

Now I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it please the Lord

These lines from Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah welcome visitors to the new exhibition at the Jewish Museum Vienna. And they set the tone for the show Stars of David, which deals with popular music and its Jewish roots.1

Leonard Cohen is among the Jewish musical artists featured in the Stars of David: The Sound of the 20th Century exhibition at the Jewish Museum Vienna. This excerpt from the museum’s web site explains the theme:

Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Neil Diamond, Amy Winehouse, Paul Simon, Leonard Cohen, Lou Reed, and Matisyahu are just some of the Jewish artists who have made musical history. “God Bless America,” the unofficial anthem of the USA, and “White Christmas” were written by Irving Berlin, son of a Jewish immigrant from Byelorussia. Jewish musicians have stamped their influence on all aspects of the music business in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and have made a significant contribution to entertainment culture. “Stars of David” looks at the various genres and exponents and traces the history back to the time of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where the roots of this (musical) story are to be found.

The exhibition runs from April 13 to October 2, 2016.

Credit Due Department: Thanks go to Rike, who discovered and translated key information about this exhibition.


  1. Die Menora von Sammy Davis Jr. by Christina Böck. Wiener Zeitung: April 12, 2016 Via Google Translate []

Diagramming The Anatomy Of Songs: The Leonard Cohen Edition

anatofsongsAfter reviewing John Atkinson’s extraordinary “Anatomy Of Songs” (see above graphic) posted July 25, 2014 at Wrong Hands, I realized none of the diagrams adequately described Leonard Cohen’s songs. Consequently, I have diagrammed the Anatomy Of Leonard Cohen Songs based on Mr Atkinson’s superb model; that representation is the second graphic below)

lc-ana2t2John Atkinson’s impressive cartoon published on this site under Creative Commons license

Note: Originally posted August 1, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric