Video: Dreaming Suzanne – Dedicated To Leonard Cohen

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

This is Part Two Of “The Essential Longing Trilogy”

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Dreaming Suzanne By Oana And Stefan Cajal
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Note: Originally posted April 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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

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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.

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  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 DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” Exhibition To Open In Montreal 2017

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According to Major Leonard Cohen Exhibition To Debut in Montreal (Canadian Art: March 24, 2016),

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal is organizing a major exhibition on the life, work and influence of Leonard Cohen.

The exhibition “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” is due to travel internationally following its premiere in Montreal in 2017.

This multidisciplinary exhibition will include brand-new works commissioned from local and international artists who have been inspired by Cohen’s style and themes.

Film, performance, visual art, music and the written word are all genres to be included in the tribute.

The exhibition is presented as part of Montréal’s 375th anniversary celebrations, which will take place in fall 2017.

From the press release,

Through his poems and his music and lyrics, Cohen touches a huge audience and influences countless artists across all disciplines and generations around the world. The exhibition is an homage to this global star and touchstone of Montréal culture.

Created exclusively for the MAC for the occasion, this multidisciplinary exhibition will allow the Musée to offer the public a collection of brand-new works commissioned from and created by local and international artists who were inspired by the great master’s style and recurring themes. These artists represent the visual arts, performance art, music, the written word and film, thus providing visitors with a dynamic, participative and immersive experience. Leonard Cohen will be part of the programming for the celebration of Montréal’s 375th anniversary.

Credit Due Department: By sprklgMusée d’art contemporain de Montréal, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26317388

Two Of Dominique Boile’s Favorites From His Leonard Cohen Collection

Oil on canvas portrait of Leonard Cohen painted by Patricia Merrien about fifteen years ago

Oil on canvas portrait of Leonard Cohen painted by Patricia Merrien about fifteen years ago

French Gold Record award, based on a drawing by Leonard Cohen, for the 2001 Ten New Songs album. Originally presented to Kelley Lyrnch.

French Gold Record award, based on a drawing by Leonard Cohen, for the 2001 Ten New Songs album. Originally presented to Kelley Lynch.

Dominique BOILE, who has generously contributed many items from his extensive collection of Leonard Cohen clippings, recordings, and memorabilia to this site, accounts these two pieces among his personal favorites.

Note: Originally posted April 3, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Almost Like The Blues, Chords Of Salvation For People Everywhere

oana3Note: This video was originally posted September 2, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric, as the third in a trilogy of videos celebrating the 80th birthday of Leonard Cohen. The preceding videos were

  1. Video: Chelsea Hotel, Cohenesque Reminiscence By Oana And Stefan Cajal
  2. Video: “So Long Marianne, Invocation Of The Muse” – Prelude 2 To Leonard Cohen’s 80th Birthday Celebration

 

Leonard Cohen’s 80th Birthday Trilogy – Part 3

Oana and Stefan Cajal, whose evocative, Leonard Cohen-themed videos have been cherished features at Cohencentric write

We listened to ALMOST LIKE THE BLUES, the new LC’s incantatory illumination of our deeply wounded humanity and couldn’t resist making Him one early 80th birthday offering.

In fact, this work of ours is intended to be more like a COHENESQUE 80th BIRTHDAY LOOT BAG, to be given to people everywhere to take to their homes, to their hearts, souls and minds.

OUR “ALMOST LIKE THE BLUES, Chords of Salvation for People Everywhere”, Existentialist Pictovideo, is a tribute to Leonard Cohen, our Great Professor of Love, Art and Empathy. To our Great Professor of Vital Alchemy meant to transform Pain into Joy, and Desperation into a Song, a Poem, a Memory. Almost like the blues…

We are convinced that our visual rendition of LC’s quintessential message will find its way to people’s hearts everywhere.

We also strongly believe that the one predestined to completely decipher its graphic symbolism, is Leonard Cohen himself.

Happy early 80th Birthday, LC!

With translucent reverence ,

Oana and Stefan Cajal aka Hat Productions, aka planetary wonderers

Leonard Cohen Almost Like The Blues Chords Of Salvation For People Everywhere
Leonard Cohen’s 80th Birthday Trilogy – Part 3
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