Listen To “Mpivahiny” – Leonard Cohen’s “The Stranger Song” In Malagasy

This cover is so beautiful and moving that
it can cause the fall of a few tears!!!

Dominique BOILE sends this enthusiastic recommendation for this Malagasy cover of Leonard Cohen’s The Stranger Song:

Band: Lôlô Sy Ny Tariny
Country: France
Year: 1982
Album: Madagascar
Song: Mpivahiny (in Malagasy) The Stranger Song

Examining Jennifer Warnes’ Famous Blue Raincoat Album Of Leonard Cohen Songs

Ann Powers’ [Greatest Albums by Women] list is incomplete without Famous Blue Raincoat, which brought both fierce intelligence and the gorgeous sound of Jennifer Warnes’ voice to us, one more time.quotedown2

Robrt L. Pela

From The One Record That’s Missing from NPR’s Greatest Albums by Women List by Robrt L. Pela (New Times: August 2, 2017). This essay offers insights into the significance of Jennifer Warnes’ Famous Blue Raincoat album. Highly Recommended.  Excerpts follow:

More than 30 years after its initial release, Famous Blue Raincoat — particularly in its original vinyl Cypress Records version and its more recent Impex 45-rpm wax reissue — remains an aural benchmark among audiophiles, who cite its pristine engineering and mastering by studio legend Bernie Grundman.

Raincoat speaks also to listeners who care less about sonic quality than they do about good, solid pop music. Its centerpiece is Warnes’ own “Song of Bernadette,” co-written with Cohen on a bus during his 1979 European tour. An exquisite composition since covered by Judy Collins, Bette Midler, Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, and Aaron Neville, among many others, “Bernadette” recalls the sainted woman who “saw the queen of Heaven once,” a vision she steadfastly refused to deny. The song’s proto-feminist message alone ought to have secured its parent disc a place on Powers’ list.

Video: Waiting For Leonard Cohen To Turn On The Light In Montreal

There is a Light (but it’s not for everyone) by Rae Spoon:  This video, with charming graphics and music, opens and closes with  Rae Spoon singing the refrain,

Let’s all go to Montreal and stand outside Leonard Cohen’s house
If we stand there long enough, Leonard will turn on the light

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Maria Viana

Note: Originally posted August 16, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

First Aid Kit’s Moving Leonard Cohen Tribute: So Long, Marianne

First Aid Kit’s version of Leonard Cohen’s So Long, Marianne is more an evocative tribute than a respectful cover. It opens with the refrain from Who By Fire and incorporates the letter Leonard wrote Marianne just before her death (Marianne died July 28, 2016) and Leonard’s poem, You’d Sing Too, from Book of Longing. It is a well crafted, resonant commemoration of Leonard, Marianne, and the music,.

First Aid Kit – So Long, Marianne (Leonard Cohen cover)
Live @ Dramaten, Stockholm: March 14, 2017

First Aid Kit officially includes sisters Klara and Johanna Söderberg along with an instrumentalist or two. As the YouTube description notes “On stage singing in addition to Klara and Johanna Söderberg were Nina Zanjani and Maia Hansson Bergqvist from Dramaten, Maja Francis, Annika Norlin, Loney ear, Jesper Lindell, Frida Hyvönen and Adolf Fredriks föräldrakör. In the orchestra were Sebastian Ring, Anna Lund, Daniel Wejdin, Malin Ahlberg, Karolina Weber Ekdahl, Karin Liljenberg, Tomas Ebrelius and Charlotta Weber Widerström.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Maria Cohen Viana, who alerted me to this video.