Video: Variations In Leonard Cohen’s 2012 Performances Of Darkness


With Tour Manager Mike Scoble On Harmonica

In searching for information bout Mike Scoble stepping in to play harmonica on performances of Darkness on the 2012 tour, I happened upon this composite video put together by alanm5049 to illustrate the variations in the live versions of that song.

The YouTube description follows:

The) Darkness was initially presented in concert in Nashville in 2009 and has been performed many times since. It is included on the “Old Ideas” album, performed by the touring band. In 2012 there were changes in band personnel resulting in different arrangements for the song. Tour Manager Mike Scoble plays harmonica, and in the first concert of the tour (Ghent) Cohen appears surprised to hear and see him. The instrumental solos between the second and third verses have been altered appreciably over time. Even the guitar playing of Mitch Watkins varies considerably between the early concerts and the later ones in 2012. Initially Leonard Cohen played guitar, but late in the North American leg of the tour, he just sang with a hand-held microphone. Also in the last few concerts Rafael Gayol was featured in a drum solo while LC chanted to him. This is a mix of several videos posted by others, to whom I am very grateful, namely – opaglabijn1 (Ghent 12/8/12), Albert Noonan (Helsinki 2/9/12 & Boston 16/12/12), Arlene Dick (Portland 8/12/10) & leonardcohenvideo (Montreal 28/11/12).

Leonard Cohen Concert Video: Sharon Robinson Performs Alexandra Leaving – New Orleans 2013

[Sharon Robinson’s] rendition of Alexandra Leaving is the epitome of style and dignity. Her voice is incredible and she holds the crowds rapt. I can’t find words to signify just how intense it was.quotedown2


This description, found at From All Your Children Here – Leonard Cohen in Lucca, was written by Jonnie Falafel, who also has good things to say about Mr Cohen in this review of the July 9, 2013 Lucca concert. Posted July 10, 2013 at Breakfast In Tuscany.

I cannot locate a high quality video of Sharon Robinson’s Lucca performance of  Alexandra Leaving, so I am posting instead her March 28, 2013. rendition of that song at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, New Orleans.

Sharon Robinson – Alexandra Leaving
Mahalia Jackson Theater, New Orleans: March 28, 2013
Video by Wirebirds

Hear Leonard Cohen Recite A Collection Of His Poems


Leonard Cohen | Master Poems | Collection of poetry readings by Leonard Cohen | 1957-1993

From “Six Montreal Poets”, 1957 1. For Wilf and His House – Beside the Shepherd – Poem – Lovers – The Sparrows – Warning – Les Vieux – Elegy From Dunn’s Progressive Jazz Parlour, Montreal, Canada, 8th April 1958 2. Gift From “Ladies and Gentlemen…Mr Leonard Cohen”, 1965 3. Island Bulletin – Prayer for Messiah – A Kite is a Victim – Passage from “The Favourite Game” (“Here is a movie…”) – Passage from “The Favourite Game” (“The park…”) – Disguises – Passage from “The Favourite Game” (“Just beyond the green…”) – Beneath My Hands – Twelve O’Clock Chant – The Genius On Hearing a Name Long Unspoken (fragment) – Three Good Nights (fragment) – Alexander Trocchi, Public Junkie, Priez pour Nous (fragment) – Hydra 1963 (fragment) – The Only Tourist In Havana Turns His Thoughts Homeward – The Music Crept by Us

From the YM-YWHA Hotel, New York, USA, 14th February 1966 4. You All in White – For E.J.P. 5. You Have the Lovers From “Canadian Poets 1”, 1966 6. What I’m Doing Here – You Have the Lovers – Now of Sleeping – Style – Two Went to Sleep – Nothing Has Been Broken – These Heroics

From WNEW-FM, New York, USA, 28th April 1985 7. In the Eyes of Men From an unknown TV documentary 8. My Secret Life

From KCRW-FM, Los Angeles, USA, 1993 9. Poem 10. How to Speak Poetry 11. Marita 12. This is My Voice – The Only Poem 13. We Cry Out From “The United States of Poetry”, 1996 14. Democracy

From the YM-YWHA Hotel, New York, USA, 14th February 1966 15. Reading from “Beautiful Losers”

From an unknown radio program 16. My Top Ten

Quality Video: Leonard Cohen’s Haunting Performance Of Chelsea Hotel #2 – Sydney 2013


And that was called love for the workers in song
Probably still is for those of them left

Leonard Cohen – Chelsea Hotel #2
Sydney: Nov 16, 2013
Video by alanm5049

Note: Originally posted Nov 22, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Darkness (With Chanting) – Ljubljana 2013

Featuring Mitch Watkins & Neil Larsen

I caught the darkness
It was drinking from your cup
I caught the darkness
Drinking from your cup
I said is this contagious?
You said just drink it up

Leonard Cohen – The Darkness
Ljubljana: July 26, 2013
Video by sotelonij

Note: Originally posted Jul 27, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Dance Me To The End Of Love – Zurich 2013

dancezuricjDance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic till I’m gathered safely in
Touch me with your naked hand or touch me with your glove
Dance me to the end of love

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Zurich: August 24, 2013
Video: albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Aug 26, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric