Gerard G Kettel Covers Leonard Cohen With A Je Ne Sais Quoi Of Ry Cooder

Maria Viana writes about  Gerard George Kettel and his album of Leonard Cohen covers, Still Working for Your Smile,

I must say that his live versions are more rhythmic than the CD, where he keeps his voice lower and calm. The Bird on a Wire version on the CD is quite different from the live performance. There’s a je ne sais quoi of Ry Cooder and Paris Texas.

Leonard Cohen songs covered with a Ry Cooder vibe? I’m in.

All of the tracks on the album are available as audio-only videos on YouTube at Gerard George Kettel. I’ve embedded a couple of these recordings below for convenience.

I Tried To Leave You



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Hear Nancy White’s Funny, Heartfelt Homage To Leonard Cohen: “Leonard Cohen’s Never Gonna Bring My Groceries In”

Remember me, I brought your groceries in

First We Take Manhattan
By Leonard Cohen

From the Soundcloud description:

From the cd “Momnipotent: Songs for Weary Parents”, recorded at Inception Sound in 1990. This track was produced by Rick Whitelaw. Sometimes, when a woman is expecting her second child, she feels as if the glamorous part of her life is over. This song expands on that theme! There are a few of Cohen’s phrases and chord progressions in this homage. I got permission! -nw

Blackeyed Susans And David McComb & The Red Ponies Cover Leonard Cohen’s "Memories"

David McComb

David McComb, an Australian singer-songwriter who died at 36 in 1999,1 was lead singer for The Triffids and later a member of the Blackeyed Susans. He also did a solo tour with his own backing band, The Red Ponies.

An especially well-done summary of the history and significance of the Triffids and McComb by UrPal, a contributor to LeonardCohenForum and a moderator of The Triffids web site, is available at “Don’t Go Home With Your Hard-On” By McComb & Peters Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox.

Memories By Leonard Cohen

I am an unabashed fan of “Memories,” a song originally concocted during the brief, stormy, and itself memorable collaboration-collision of Leonard Cohen and Phil Spector. Previous posts featuring “Memories” include the following:

  1. Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: Memories & Death Of A Ladies’ Man
  2. Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: Leonard Cohen On Memories
  3. Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: Memories & I Am A Hotel
  4. Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: The 1979 ZDF-TV Droll, Deadpan Version
  5. Leonard Cohen Down Memories Laine: Live Performances Of Memories Online

These covers by David McComb and The Red Ponies and by the Blackeyed Susans are outstanding additions to the collection.

Blackeyed Susans – Memories

Note: Originally posted Oct 27, 2009 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. McComb had a history of alcoholism, drug abuse, and cardiomyopathy, for which he underwent a heart transplant in 1996. He died a few days after being sent home from the hospital following a car accident. From Wikipedia []

Video: Joan Shelley and Will Oldham Cover Leonard Cohen’s Night Comes On – Louisville 2016

“This song is transfixing”

Joan Shelley talks about Leonard Cohen’s Night Comes On:

There’s a live performance in which Leonard Cohen introduces this song by saying “this is a song about everything.” Many of his songs feel that way. Various Positions is my favorite album, just based on the writing. The arrangements are kinda wacky, and initially it didn’t appeal to me. But I was house-painting one time and I put this on again in headphones. I ended up painting long into the night, listening over and over and over. It could have partially been the paint fumes. But this song is transfixing.

Excerpt from The Lagniappe Sessions :: Joan Shelley covers Leonard Cohen / Frank Sinatra at Aquarium Drunkard: June 9, 2017

Joan Shelley and Will Oldham – Night Comes On
Louisville Tribute to Leonard Cohen: Dec 23, 2016