Video: Mariners Apartment Complex By Lana Del Rey References Leonard Cohen’s I’m Your Man

Hans Kloss alerts us to “a beautiful new song – with Leonard Cohen references!”

The song is Mariners Apartment Complex and the singer is long time Cohen admirer, Lana Del Rey. This excerpt from “Mariners Apartment Complex” Is Lana Del Rey at Her Most Coolly Confident by Anna Gaca (Spin: September 12, 2018) covers the connection to Leonard’s I’m Your Man.

That’s the surface, then, but the rip current comes in half-whispered refrains of “I’m your man” and the shadow of another of Del Rey’s departed icons, Leonard Cohen. His much-celebrated “I’m Your Man” is a lust song that transcends desire: Cohen is a lover, he is a fighter, he is a supplicant, he is anything you want him to be in the moment, and he is that totally. Your man. “You’re lost at sea, then I’ll command your boat to me,” Del Rey sings, and there it is again: “I’m your man.” She asks your understanding (“They mistook my kindness for weakness”), your forgiveness (“I fucked up, I know that, but Jesus”), your grace (“Can’t a girl just do the best she can?”) and in return, she offers everything: her power as a cypher and her vulnerability as an individual, bottled up tight in the character of Lana Del Rey and cast into the waves.“

Flashmob Video: Dance With Me To The End Of Love By Leonard Cohen

 

I’m not a flashmob fan – which may explain why it took two years to post this. I am, however, a Leonard Cohen fan, which is why I’m posting this now. OK, the unbounded joyfulness of the participants might have been a factor as well.

Sydney-Central Railway station in the city centre – last Friday 11.11.2016 choir sang Leonard Cohen’s song “dance with me until the end of love” – feel a beautiful atmosphere – feel like you’re there.

Madeleine Peyroux Releases New Album Anthem “Inspired By Her Idol Leonard Cohen’s Ability To ‘Suffer For The Work, But Still Present The Listener With Just A Friendly Thought’”

There are two covers in this album. Paul Eluard’s WW2 poem ‘Liberté’, and the title track, Leonard Cohen’s monumental ‘Anthem’, which also marks Peyroux’s third interpretation of the iconic poet’s work. Soon becoming Peyroux’s “personal anthem”, Cohen’s soulful masterpiece “tied together all the stories on the record”, with uncanny relevance and topical worldly observation. It was Cohen’s astonishing ability to tap into the human psyche and “make you think about things without forcing you into it”, that was the underlying thread throughout the project, leading to a more fluid style of writing, “that is about saying something rather than saying everything.”

From Madeleine Peyroux Set To Release New Album ‘Anthem’ by Tim Peacock. DiscoverMusic: June 8, 2018. Anthem by Madeleine Peyroux was released today, Aug 31, 2018.

Thanks to Chema of Barcelona, who alerted me to this release.

Video: The Quadratic Formulation Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

While I typically shun versions of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah that have been massively rewritten to accommodate. for example, someone’s vision of American holidays or NFL heroes, I am more forgiving of this effort that employs Leonard’s classic as an assist to aspiring mathematicians.

Originally posted January 5, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Justin Timberlake-Matt Morris Hope For Haiti Now Cover Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah Becomes Most Downloaded Song On iTunes – Jan 26, 2010

The cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah by Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris at the Hope For Haiti Now charity telethon held on January 22, 2010 proved incredibly popular. According to Idolator (January 26, 2010):

As of yesterday, Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris’ take on “Hallelujah” from the Hope For Haiti Now telethon was the most downloaded track on iTunes from the charity event. Now it’s simply the most downloaded song on iTunes, period.

Originally posted Jan 27, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. The video has been updated.

Video: Marissa Nadler Covers Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat

Nadler Shrouds Famous Blue Raincoat In Velvet

A video release from Marissa Nadler’s 2007 Songs III: Bird On the Water features her cover of Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat. Her rendition of this classic track from Cohen’s 1971 album, Songs of Love and Hate,1 is …

We interrupt this sentence to bring you the Single-Question, Oversimplified Yet Nonetheless Spot On Marissa Nadler Performance Characterization Quiz:

Question #1. Which single word is most often used to describe a Marissa Nadler performance?

That’s right, Marissa Nadler’s rendition of Famous Blue Raincoat (and almost everything else in her repertoire) is

haunting.2

 

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  1. Judy Collins also included Famous Blue Raincoat on her 1971 album, Living, which was a collection of performances from her 1970 concert tour. []
  2. The judges would also accept wistful, ephemeral, and ethereal, but only because the judges are in a benevolent mood; haunting is clearly the correct and preferred response. []