Video: Leonard Cohen Performs One Of A Kind Version Of A Thousand Kisses Deep – Mt Baldy Zen Center 1996

Scene from the French documentary “Leonard Cohen Spring 96”, shot in Leonard Cohen’s cabin at Mt. Baldy Zen monastery by Armelle Brusq. Leonard Cohen is recording song A Thousand Kisses Deep, using Technics KN 3000 synthesizer. The track is apparently an early, demo version to different lyrics and complete different melody than one composed in collaboration with Sharon Robinson, for 2001 album Ten New Songs. Also, the poem included in the 2006 Book of Longing, recited during 2008 Tour, doesn’t have some of lyrics from this demo.

Video and text posted by Tom Sakic aka a1000kissesdeep


Video: Leonard Cohen’s Moving Performance Of Born In Chains – Oakland 2010


Featuring Sharon Robinson, Hattie Webb, Charley Webb & Dino Soldo

Leonard Cohen – Born In Chains
Oakland: Dec 6. 2010
Video from arlenedick15

Note: Originally posted Dec 7, 2010 at, a predecessor of

Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Lover, Lover, Lover – Wallingford, CT 2013

Roscoe Beck Returns

After missing the March 30, 2013 Louisville show because of illness, Roscoe Beck returns to the stage in his roles as the Leonard Cohen Tour Musical Director and bass player at the Wallingford, CT show. The photo above is a screenshot from the video of Lover, Lover, Lover.

Leonard Cohen – Lover, Lover, Lover
Wallingford, CT: April 2, 2013
Video from WorldStreams

Note: Originally posted Apr 3, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

What Leonard Cohen Did For Me – 2004 BBC Documentary

What Leonard Cohen Did For Me – According To The BBC

In commemoration of Leonard Cohen’s 70th birthday and his release of “Dear Heather” in 2004, the BBC aired “What Leonard Cohen Did For Me,” a melange of fragments – interviews with Nick Cave, Ian McCulloch, Rufus Wainwright, Arthur Smith, Kathryn Williams, Paul Morley, and others, a few utterances from Cohen, parts of Cohen’s songs covered by others and sung by Cohen himself, comments from critics, scenes from other documentaries about and interviews with Leonard Cohen, … .

The only discernible unifying force of the piece, other than the theme of “Stuff That Has Something To Do With Leonard Cohen,” is the unmistakably characteristic BBC voice-over lending an undeserved air of authority to the proceedings.

While there may be no diamonds in this mine, one can nonetheless unearth the occasional amethyst. A few such semi-precious gems follow:

  • Leonard Cohen being described as “Barry White for poetry chicks”
  • An artist attesting that Leonard Cohen “makes [him] shiver and tingle”
  • This excerpt from the 1993 TV Interview with Jools Holland:
    JH: And then what got you into poetry?
    LC: Well, I don’t know. I thought that was the way to kind of win women’s hearts.
    JH: Did it work?

    LC: Yes it did.

And there is the occasional insight, such as an all too brief but useful discussion of the importance of Cohen’s well spoken and well formed lyrics that have “a poet’s pace to them.”

So, if you haven’t seen “What Leonard Cohen Did For Me” or if it’s been a few years since viewing it, take a look at the videos. While I advise keeping one’s expectations low, you are likely to find enough worthwhile content to warrant the effort.

What Leonard Cohen Did For Me 1/3
BBC4 Documentary


What Leonard Cohen Did For Me 2/3
BBC4 Documentary


What Leonard Cohen Did For Me 3/3
BBC4 Documentary

Note: Originally posted Mar 31, 2010 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric