Video: Leonard Cohen Performs First We Take Manhattan, Featuring Javier Mas – Paris 2012

Leonard Cohen – First We Take Manhattan
Paris: Sept 29, 2012
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And I thank you for those items that you sent me
The monkey and the plywood violin
I practiced every night, now I’m ready
First we take Manhattan, then we take Berlin

This video has a lot going for it: a strong performance, an enthusiastic audience, a beaming Sharon Robinson, a dandy stare-down between Leonard & Javier, and a cameo by The Monkey. What’s not to like?

Note: The best available video of each of the 40 songs performed during the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist.

Originally posted Oct 19, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video Delight: Leonard Cohen Performs I Tried To Leave You, Featuring Band Members In Spotlight – Paris 2012

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Paris: Sept 29, 2012
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During Leonard’s final tours, I Tried To Leave You was the song that offered his band members the opportunity to show off their talents. While all the spotlight solos are a treat, the performances by Alex Bublitchi (beginning at 2:20), Sharon Robinson (beginning at 3:38), and – especially – Rafael Gayol (beginning at 6:12) are particularly noteworthy.

Note: The best available video of each of the 40 songs performed during the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist.

Originally posted Oct 19, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Exquisite Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Waiting For The Miracle – Paris 2012

Leonard Cohen – Waiting For The Miracle
Paris: Sept 30, 2012)
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Ah baby, let’s get married
We’ve been alone too long
Let’s be alone together
Let’s see if we’re that strong
Yeah let’s do something crazy,
Something absolutely wrong
While we’re waiting
For the miracle, for the miracle to come

Originally posted Oct 4, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric