The Best Of The 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour
Cohencentric is featuring the Best of the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour. Today’s offering is the Oct 22, 2009 performance of “Bird On The Wire” at the Tower Theatre in Philadelphia.
Leonard Cohen – Bird On The Wire (October 22, 2009)
While Leonard Cohen was a remarkably consistent performer throughout the 2008-2010 World Tour, “Bird On The Wire” is one of his songs that did seem to vary in caliber from one concert to the next. My sense is that the difference in quality is a function of Cohen’s timing. I once listened to a recording of several takes of the same song during a Sinatra rehearsal and was struck by the impact that barely perceptible fluctuations in his timing had on his work. I think that principle may also hold true for Cohen’s “Bird On The Wire.” Hitting the phrases a fraction of a moment too late or too early would diminish the song.
Regardless, the performance of “Bird On The Wire” from the Oct 22, 2009 Philadelphia concert strikes me as precisely on the mark.
The video also features exemplary solos by Bob Metzger on guitar and Dino Soldo on saxophone, but it is clear that those efforts are an extra, a delectable bonus that is attendant upon the essence of the song provided by Leonard Cohen.
Leonard Cohen – Bird On The Wire
Tower Theatre, Philadelphia: Oct 22, 2009
Video by sturgess66
Note: Originally posted June 19, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric