Lisa’s Performance Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah On The Simpsons Halloween Episode Nixed

“They did not want to be associated
with people eating their father”

The following excerpt is from Simpsons producer explains Homer’s self-cannibalism in ‘Treehouse of Horror’ by Dan Snierson (Entertainment: October 22, 2017)L

In fact, the only problem that the producers encountered was not being able to secure the rights to use Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which was to be sung by Lisa. “They did not want to be associated with people eating their father,” says Jean, laughing. Instead, they opted to riff on a more classical religious hymn. “We have the original ‘Hallelujah,’ which nobody owns.”

Bob Seger Covers Leonard Cohen’s Democracy On New Album

Bob Seger’s new album, I Knew You When, (to be released Nov 17, 2017) will include his cover of Leonard Cohen’s Democracy.

Seger has long declared himself an admirer of Leonard Cohen, naming his 1975 Beautiful Loser album after the Canadian singer-songwriter’s second novel. Read his comments at Bob Seeger On Leonard Cohen Inspiring His Song “Beautiful Loser”

Additional Tickets For Montreal Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert Go On Sale Noon, October 13, 2017

Now that production plans are finalized, the Cohen Family is pleased to announce the release of additional tickets for Tower of Song: A Memorial Tribute to Leonard Cohen, to be presented at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Monday, November 6th.

These tickets will go on sale to the public at noon tomorrow Friday, October 13th at the Bell Centre box office, 1-514-790-2525 or 1-855-310-2525 and

The above announcement is from the official press release. Information about the event itself can be found at

The Cohen Family Presents Tower Of Song:
A Memorial Tribute To Leonard Cohen

Video: Allison Crowe Covers Leonard Cohen’s Famous Blue Raincoat

From Heavy Graces Album

This choral rendition of the Leonard Cohen classic is the first of two versions recorded by Allison Crowe for her album “Heavy Graces,” to be released Oct 15, 2013.

From the YouTube description:

“Famous Blue Raincoat”, its composer, Leonard Cohen, says, reflects on the “tyranny” of possession — of the kind that enslaves us as women and men.

It’s territory covered here by musician Allison Crowe. (Crowe’s previously celebrated the Cohen songbook via renowned interpretations of “Hallelujah”, “Joan of Arc” and other tunes from the master songsmith.)

Impressionistic visual accompaniment comes via film scenes from “The Blue Angel” (“Der blaue Engel” first released in Europe in 1930 saw its full North American release the following year.)

Video: Adrian22

Note: Originally posted Oct 11, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Tribute Concert: Jewish Center, Princeton – Oct. 28, 2017


The following is excerpted from Concert celebrates the transformative power of Leonard Cohen’s music by Michele Alperin (NJJN: October 10, 2017):

Honoring the first anniversary of Cohen’s death on Nov. 7, 2016, the Jewish Center in Princeton and Zamru, an independent minyan celebrating Shabbat through spiritual and musical prayer, are sponsoring a tribute concert on Saturday, Oct. 28. The concert will feature vocalist Shira Averbuch, guitarist Dan Nadel, Cantor George Mordecai of Temple Israel Congregation in White Plains, and readings by Aubrey Glazer, rabbi of Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco.

Who: Shira Averbuch, Dan Nadel, and George Mordecai
What: Tribute concert of Leonard Cohen music with readings by Rabbi Aubrey Glazer, author of “Tangle of Matter & Ghost: Leonard Cohen’s Post-Secular Songbook of Mysticism(s) Jewish & Beyond”
When: Saturday , Oct. 28, 8 p.m.
Where: The Jewish Center, Princeton
Cost: $18
RSVP: Purchase tickets at or call 609-921-0100

Credit Due Department: Photo by Rama – Own work, CC BY-SA 2.0 fr, via Wikipedia