“Thank you friends, for climbing to those high places… Thank you friends, for endangering your household budgets” Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen Performs The Future – Amsterdam 2013

Leonard Cohen – The Future
Amsterdam: Sept 20, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Originally posted December 31, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen & The Cohen Chorus Line Perform Save The Last Dance For Me – Paris 2012

This wonderful photo of the big finish with chorus line to Save The Last Dance For Me at the final 2012 Paris show was taken by Ute Egle.

Leonard Cohen – Save The Last Dance For Me
Paris : Sept 30, 2012
Video by

Originally posted Oct 3, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The 2013 “Everybody Knows” Video Pro-Am: Leonard Cohen’s Live In Dublin DVD Video Vs Audience Recordings

Everybody Knows from Leonard Cohen’s Live In Dublin DVD (Dec 2, 2014) provides an opportunity to compare the professionally shot and edited video of this performance produced for the official concert DVD with the recordings of the same song at other 2013 tour venues made by amateur videographers in the audience. It’s worth keeping in mind that the latter group operates under rather rigorous conditions: shooting from a single location determined by ones luck and cash on hand (a seat inevitably located just behind the winner of the Tallest Leonard Cohen Fan In Existence and next to the Cohenites Singalong Ensemble), and filming while eluding the concert hall’s camera police.

While each of the audience videos are flawed in some manner and I am clearly at risk for observer error, I would argue that these imperfect offerings are indeed how the light gets in. But, hey, judge for yourself.

The Professional Video

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Dublin: Sept 12, 2013
Video from LeonardCohenVEVO

The Audience Videos

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Brussels: June 30, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Amsterdam: Sept 20, 2013
Video by schnugsy

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Bercy: June 18, 2013
Video by Aurélie F

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Rome: July 7, 2013
Video by 30gallina72

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Rome: July 7, 2013
Video by Wirebirds

Leonard Cohen – Everybody Knows
Vienna: July 27, 2013
Video by glauxath

Note: Originally posted November 12, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Quality Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Heart With No Companion – Montreal 2012

Leonard Cohen – Heart With No Companion
Montreal: Nov 28, 2012
Video by leonardcohenvideo

This rendition of Heart With No Companion makes me happy. Leonard Cohen singing a song Leonard Cohen wrote, the guys in the band showing off a bit on solos (that’s tour manager Mike Scoble on harmonica), even a little dancing by the ladies – what’s not to like?

Originally posted Nov 30, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Starts Sligo Show With Sprint, Smile & Song – Dance Me To The End Of Love (2010)

Featuring Dino Soldo On Instruments Of Wind (& Rafael Gayol On Camera)

In addition to an excellent performance of Dance Me To The End Of Love, this video displays Leonard Cohen opening the concert by running onto the stage and flashing an especially broad smile. (He closes the song with another beaming smile.) The screenshot atop this post also captures drummer Rafael Gayol photographing the audience photographing Leonard Cohen and the band.

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love 
Lissadell House, Sligo: Aug 1, 2010
Video from albertnoonan

Originally posted Aug 6, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Recites W.B.Yeats – Lissadell House 2010

Leonard Cohen Recites Lines From “In Memory Of Eva Gore-Booth And Con Markiewicz” By William Butler Yeats
Lissadell House-Sligo: July 31, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

The light of evening, Lissadell,
Great windows open to the south,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.
But a raving autumn shears
Blossom from the summer’s wreath;
The older is condemned to death,
Pardoned, drags out lonely years
Conspiring among the ignorant.
I know not what the younger dreams –
Some vague Utopia – and she seems,
When withered old and skeleton-gaunt,
An image of such politics.
Many a time I think to seek
One or the other out and speak
Of that old Georgian mansion, mix
pictures of the mind, recall
That table and the talk of youth,
Two girls in silk kimonos, both
Beautiful, one a gazelle.

Dear shadows, now you know it all,
All the folly of a fight
With a common wrong or right.
The innocent and the beautiful.
Have no enemy but time;
Arise and bid me strike a match
And strike another till time catch;
Should the conflagration climb,
Run till all the sages know.
We the great gazebo built,
They convicted us of guilt;

Bid me strike a match and blow.