Photos: Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin Concert & Sound Check

follow_the_sound-scaled1000I have once again poached photos of the latest Leonard Cohen concert from the  Leonard Cohen blog, Notes From The Road,  These shots, however, are special for two reasons. First, I met Joey Carenza, whose duties as the Road Manager of the Leonard Cohen Tour, include, among many others, shooting photos for that blog and it turns out he is happy about this use of his shots, neatly transforming this activity from larceny to sharing. Second, I discovered that, prior to our meeting, Joey had serendipitously taken and posted a photo of the Oct 31, 2012 sound check (the image atop this post) that captured not only Leonard Cohen but also Duchess and me (the two tiny figures on the viewer’s lower right) as the entire audience.

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Credit Due Department: Photos posted Oct 31, 2012 at Notes From The Road by Joey Carenza. Originally posted Nov 2, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Remembering The 2013 Halifax Leonard Cohen Show: Video, Photos, Reviews …

Reviews: April 13, 2013 Leonard Cohen Halifax Show

“The Leonard Cohen concert … transformed [Halifax Metro Centre] at turns into a church and bordello, a monastery & seedy nightclub at Closing Time.”

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Hear 2nd Audience Recording Of Leonard Cohen – Live At Leeds 1970

Or Not

An audience recording, “Leonard Cohen – Live at The Refectory, University of Leeds – 16 May 1970,” has been uploaded to YouTube and may be heard via the embedded video below. Another recording of this 1970 Leeds concert, however, offers better sound quality (although this other version is itself hardly pristine). The only advantage offered by the recording below is that it includes the final song, Please Don’t Pass Me By, which is missing from the other Leeds recording. Also see Leonard Cohen Live At Leeds 1970: Photos & Reviews

Credit Due Department: Photos: Copyright John Rettie – www.rocknrollphotographs.com

Michiko Rolek On Her Lunch Conversation With Leonard Cohen & Their Menu

From right to left: Leonard Cohen, Michiko Rolek, her husband, Ron, and a Mount Baldy monk

After was posted on this site, I received these photos with this gracious message from Michiko:

Hello Allan,

Thank you for inspiring me to revisit my experience with Leonard Cohen.

A couple of things came to mind from a conversation I had with Leonard that I tuned out until very recently, and I thought you might find them interesting. As he mentions,

“You might even be able to skip having to visit a place like this, or if you are already in one, perhaps with this valuable information you can slip away…She has made some important matters wonderfully clear.”

Leonard’s teacher,  Joshu Sasaki Roshi, was sitting with us after lunch and shared that I was fortunate to be born into a famous zen family, but I felt a little uncomfortable and just smiled and listened.

Looking back, I recalled hearing from a head monk that Joshu Sasaki asked Leonard to write the foreword because I shared zen secret tools to nurture our original nature.

My recent “Aha moment” was realizing that Leonard used the zen secret tools (brilliant basics) that we discussed at lunch to leave the zen monastery and go back on the road. Now, his words about actually “slipping away” from a zen monastery rang true with deeper meaning.

He also made a comment about my bandana and the connection between zen and the art of mindfulness training being rigorous like the military. I agree wholeheartedly. Leonard lived his practice and he manifested mastery of the fundamentals like focus, dedication, discipline, and fearless confidence to stay in the zone.

I am grateful, Allan, for you inspiring me to have these insights re. my mindful moments with Leonard.

My passion is re-ignited to share zen and the art of mindfulness in a whole new light, a diamond sky of wonderment.

Michiko

Leonard Cohen Food Files: Salmon Sandwich, Ice Cream, & Tequila Cocktail

In an earlier email, I had asked Michiko “What Leonard prepared for the lunch you shared?”  She responded

I recall Leonard preparing a delicious sandwich served on homemade bread with salmon, a fresh salad with spring greens. I recall his warm smile when he served ice cream for dessert. And, since it was a day off for the monks, he had a tequila cocktail.

Joshu Roshi & Michiko Rolek

“Here is Leonard Cohen! He is super old. I love him. He was so incredible.” The Kids, Cohen, & Coachella 2009

“We’d played festivals in the past, and I’m not crazy about the setup.”

Leonard Cohen in anticipation of Coachella

In Leonard Cohen’s February 20, 2009 interview with the LA Times, he voiced concern about his April 17, 2009 show at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival:

“We’d played festivals in the past, and I’m not crazy about the setup. You’re on a roster with a whole lot of other people. You don’t have the evening. I like to be in a room with people for three hours, have a beginning, middle and an end. We can’t do our whole set, it’s not our rhythm. But we have heard it’s a special hospitality there. We’ll play our best and look forward to it.”

In addition to the environment and the staging logistics listed by Cohen other potential hazards also loomed ominously.

Cohen would be trapped, for example, between the personification of pop music nostalgia, Paul McCartney, the headliner of the first night who would would be playing the evening’s grand finale, and the multitude of hip and trendy bands who were invited precisely because they were currently surfing on the waves of popularity. And, as can ascertained by the 2009 Coachella poster below, Leonard did not receive top billing.

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