Outstanding Video: Sharon Robinson Performs In My Secret Life, Alexandra Leaving, Boogie Street, Summertime, Hallelujah – L.A. Private Event 2014

David Small, who contributed this well executed, never before published video of Sharon Robinson performing at a June 8, 2014 Los Angeles wedding, is taken with both Leonard Cohen and Sharon. David writes

And I miss (him) so much.
There’s no one in sight.
And we’re still making love
In My Secret Life.

The Ten New Songs album in 2001 surprised me because, after 9 years, I had given up on ever getting a new Cohen album – and, who was the woman on the cover? It has become my favorite album. See my license plate, SCRT LIF. Sharon’s music glides Leonard’s lyrics deep into my soul. I have this secret life.

Boogie Street: “It is in love that we are made, in love we disappear” Leonard Cohen: “[The love here] is not romantic love. It’s the impersonal, benign activity that governs creation and destruction.”

From Songs Of Love, Not Hate by Sylvie Simmons. Yahoo! Music: Oct 8, 2001. The image is the cover of the 2001 Canadian promo CD, which features Nova, the pooch belonging to Leonard’s daughter, Lorca.

Sights & Sounds Of The 2010 Leonard Cohen Ghent Concerts

Leonard Cohen Gets Together With Friends In Ghent, Belgium – August 2010

The 2010 Leonard Cohen Ghent concerts blessed us with a deluge of superior videos. Simultaneously,  outstanding photos of the venue (and the nifty 2008 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees jacket displayed in the middle of this post) by Hans Kloss surfaced to serve as the perfect complement to the videos.

Leonard Cohen – Closing Time
Ghent: Aug 22, 2010
Video from albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – Boogie Street
Ghent: Aug 22, 2010
Video from albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – In My Secret Life
Ghent: Aug 21, 2010
Video from bridgebud

Note: Originally posted Aug 25, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“As Roshi says, you can’t live in paradise – no restaurants or toilets.” Leonard Cohen On Boogie Street

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There are moments – I suppose when you embrace your children, or kiss your beloved, or plunge into a pool of cold water – when you forget who you are, when you forget yourself, and that’s a very refreshing occasion, and it’s paradise – there’s no you. But you resurrect immediately into Boogie Street. If you’re lucky, you resurrect with the residue of the experience of paradise. But, as Roshi says, you can’t live in paradise – no restaurants or toilets.quotedown2

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State of Grace by Doug Saunders. Globe and Mail: Sept 1, 2001. Accessed 09 June 2014 at Ten New Songs. Originally posted June 12, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Videos: Comparing The Incomparable Sharon Robinson’s 2010 & 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Solos

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Featuring Sharon Robinson

During the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour, Sharon Robinson won praise as the featured soloist on “Boogie Street.”  In 2012, her solo turn on “Alexandra Leaving” was a highlight of the Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Tour concerts.

Both “Boogie Street” and “Alexandra Leaving” were written by Sharon Robinson and Leonard Cohen in collaboration.  For more about Sharon Robinson’s career and, especially, her work with Leonard Cohen, see Why Leonard Cohen Calls Her “The Incomparable Sharon Robinson” and Sharon Robinson On Career Choice, Leonard Cohen, Ann-Margaret, Songwriting, Tour Surprises, … And My Dance Moves.

Today’s post offers a video of a great performance by Sharon Robinson of each of these songs,

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Sharon Robinson – Boogie Street
Piazza Santa Croce, Florence
Sept 3, 2010
Video by albertnoonan

Sharon Robinson – Alexandra Leaving
Olympia Music Hall, Paris
Sept 29, 2012
Video by albertnoonan

Credit Due Department: Both of the superb photos of Sharon Robinson appearing in this post were taken by Marc Roed at the Aug 26, 2012 Leonard Cohen Aalborg concert. Originally posted at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on Boogie Street as “ordinary human struggle and life”

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Bugis Street, Singapore, referenced in Boogie Street by Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson

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[Boogie Street is] ordinary human struggle and life, the place of work and desire. It’s where we’re meant to be, it’s what we’re born into. There are moments when the burden of the self is lifted, but those are only temporary situations. As I say in the song, ‘You kiss my lips and then it’s done/I’m back on Boogie Street.’ Whatever the experience is — the god, the woman, the insight, the epiphany, the penetration — those are temporary events. Or as my old teacher says, ‘You can’t live in Paradise — no toilets or restaurants.’quotedown2

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Angst & Aquavit by Brendan Bernhard. LA Weekly: September 26, 2001. Photo atop post by Jfkjaya. – Own work., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons