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: Eric Burdon Covers Leonard Cohen’s In My Secret Life

Eric Burdon & The Animals perform Leonard Cohen’s “In My Secret Life” in Germany, 2004. The song can be found on My Secret Life (2004), Burdon’s first solo album release with new titles in nearly 16 years.

Originally posted November 14, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen says Suzanne Elrod “outwitted me at every turn”

In 1969, Cohen met 24-year-old Suzanne Elrod, the woman with whom he would share his longest and most tempestuous relationship. (She was not the legendary “Suzanne” of his most famous song, though Cohen admits her name was part of the attraction.) The two formed what Cohen describes as a marriage, though it was never formalized. In the coming years, Cohen’s recordings (including Songs of Love and Hate and Death of a Ladies’ Man) were often-stark portrayals of the struggle for romantic faith amid sexual warfare and of hope in the face of cultural dissolution. Much of the work was about his stormy relationship with Elrod. (She “outwitted me at every turn,” he says.) They had two children together and separated in the mid-’70s.

From Brother of Mercy by Mikal Gilmore, Spin, March 2002

“We should designate three years of honoring Leonard Cohen, minimum, because nothing will ever be the same, and we would not be the world we are without this man… He was a scholar of the heart.” Patrick Leonard

 

Aside from the rich recorded legacy the singer leaves behind, how would Leonard like his friend and mentor to be remembered?

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I feel like a few days, a few weeks of press, isn’t enough. We should designate three years of honoring Leonard Cohen, minimum, because nothing will ever be the same, and we would not be the world we are without this man I promise. He was a scholar of the heart.quotedown2

Patrick Leonard

Leonard Cohen producer remembers his friend: ‘A scholar of the heart’ by Leah Greenblatt (Entertainment: November 18, 2016)

KCRW Names “Five Best Leonard Cohen Covers”

Five Best Leonard Cohen Covers posted Nov 2, 2012 by Mario Cotto at the KCRW Music Blog offers videos of the five selections, including the author’s “personal all-time favorite Cohen cover” – Coming Back to You performed by Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore.

Martin Gore photo by Anirudh Koul

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

“[Sisters Of Mercy] was the first and only time I’ve written a song from beginning to end without a correction. I think it’s the prettiest song I’ve written.” Leonard Cohen

I wanted to know what the truth of Sisters Of Mercy was

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I was very lonely. I only had my guitar. And suddenly I found two girls who invited me to spend the night with them. I soon realized that this had nothing to do with sex. We just went to sleep because I was very tired. I woke up during the night and they were asleep. I started writing this song and when they woke up I sang it and I think I made them very happy. I think it was the first and only time I’ve written a song from beginning to end without a correction. I think it’s the prettiest song I’ve written. quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen Words And Silences by Constantino Romero (1974). Republished in Rockdelux 356 (December 2016). Via Google Translate. Photo by Pete Purnell