“I said goodbye to something that I didn’t want to lose.” Leonard Cohen – Remembering The 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks

Dominique BOILE writes

Nov 13, 2017 was the two year anniversary of the Paris terrorist attacks that left 130 dead, including 90 at Bataclan, the famous concert hall, during the Eagles of Death Metal concert. In commemoration, the President of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, accompanied by the former President of the Republic, François Hollande, paid tribute to the victims. On video number 4, we can see a pianist performing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for an audience including the two Presidents.

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover, A Song Born Of Conflict – Paris 1976

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‘Lover, Lover, Lover’ was born over there; the whole world has its eyes riveted on this tragic and complex conflict. Then again, I am faithful to certain ideas, inevitably. I hope that those of which I am in favour will gain.1quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

These words by Leonard Cohen reference the 1973 Yom Kippur War but they are relevant to the Nov 13, 2015 Paris terror attacks as well.

Leonard Cohen – Lover Lover Lover
Backup Singers: Laura Branigan & Cheryl Barnes
Le Grand Echiquier on French TV: May 27, 19762

The titular quote is from the original questionnaire (in English) for Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) forwarded to me on Oct 16, 2016 by Leonard Cohen. Photo of Leonard Cohen at his final Paris Concert – June 18, 2013 by Mhln
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  1. “I’m Just A Minor Poet” By Gilles Medioni. L’Express, France, October 4, 2001. Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  2. Le Grand Echiquier was a live tribute program presented by Jacques Chancel and dedicated to Charles Aznavour, featuring Bird on The Wire, Lover Lover Lover, and Suzanne. Source: Diamonds in the Mine []

Video Interview: Leonard Cohen On I’m Your Man, Jennifer Warnes, Cynicism/Optimism & More (1988)


Leonard Cohen speaks with CBC Vancouver in 1988

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Thanks to Gordana Stupar, whose post alerted me to this video

“My poems are always Jewish; they cannot be anything else.” Leonard Cohen Video Interview 1985

From YouTube description [via Google Translate]:

In an interview with Dan Margalit on “New Evening”, Cohen refers to the motives for his work, the way his poems are received by the audience and the media, and also refers to the Jewish point in his writing: “My poems are always ‘Jewish’, they can not To be nothing else. ” At the end of the interview, a section of a clip was broadcast to Cohen’s song Hallelujah. The interview was identified and uploaded to the web as part of the educational archive digitization project. Broadcasted on July 7, 1985