“I am not the one who loves; It’s love that seizes me” Leonard Cohen – You Have Loved Enough Video

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‘You have loved enough, now let me be the lover.’ You could say that God is speaking to you – or the cosmos, or your lover. It just means, like, forget it. Lean back and be loved by all that is already loving you. It is your effort at love that is preventing you from experiencing it.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From “Leonard Cohen’s Thoughts On You Have Loved Enough,” a Ten New Songs promotional video at LeonardCohen.com (no longer online).

Leonard Cohen – You Have Loved Enough

I swept the marble chambers,
But you sent me down below.
You kept me from believing
Until you let me know:
That I am not the one who loves
It’s love that seizes me.

Video by Blaze8674

Thanks to Vicki Woodyard, who alerted me to this video.

“I really loved thinking about him celebrating this new journey by dancing around in the clouds and … playing around with all the weird and cool stuff you could probably do, once you ‘cross over’ into another plane.” Christopher Mills On Making The Leonard Cohen-Leaving the Table Video

“I really loved thinking about him celebrating this new journey by dancing around in the clouds, and visiting his old haunts, playing around with all the weird and cool stuff you could probably do, once you ‘cross over’ into another plane. It just kind of made me warm inside to take this song, which could be about passing on to another place, and figuring out what it could look like in a world of lightness, new adventures, and whatever great memory you could come up with. I mean – I’d watch that channel…”

Watch Leonard Cohen’s Posthumous Music Video ‘Leaving The Table’ by Karen Bliss (Billboard: 9/19/2017) offers information about the making of the Leonard Cohen – Leaving the Table video that premiered at the Sept 18, 2017 Polaris Music Prize Gala.

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’s Hallelujah Covered In English And Spanish At Hand In Hand Telethon By Luis Fonsi & Tori Kelly

“Highlight Of The Evening”

Luis Fonsi, the singer-songwriter responsible for the global hit “Despacito,” joined Tori Kelly at the Sept 12, 2017 Hand In Hand telethon, a star-studded affair that raised more than $40 million dollars in hurricane relief, for a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Here’s the report from They Sang ‘Hallelujah’ At Yesterday’s Telethon. By The Time They Finished? Not A Dry Eye In The Room (Society of Rock: Sept 13, 2017):

The highlight of the evening came after the event’s “Hand in Hand” prayer when Kelly, 24, took the stage and launched into a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” before being joined by Fonsi for the second verse, done entirely in Spanish; the pair made for quite the vocal powerhouse, quickly reminding viewers in the audience and at home why they’re widely regarded as two of the biggest global talents to emerge over the last two decades. By the time the final note rang out following a explosive vocal showcase from both Kelly and Fonsi, there wasn’t a dry eye in the house and for good reason: during one of the most traumatic and fiercely divided times in our nation’s history, “Hallelujah” was exactly what everyone needed.

Credit Due Department: Thanks to CHEMA of Barcelona, who alerted me to this video,

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

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[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