Emmylou Harris’ “Ballad Of A Runaway Horse” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

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Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

– Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Cohencentric feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at The Original Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

Greeting from Leonard Cohen to Polar Music Prize Laureate Emmylou Harris (2015)

Dear Emmylou Harris,

Thank you for singing that song of mine [Ballad Of The Absent Mare].
You brought it to a place I could never get to.

And thank you for putting into the crowded air,
and establishing it there for all to feel,
the beauty, the dignity
and the loneliness of America itself.

In the midst of all the bewildering directions
your voice takes us home.

With deep gratitude,

Leonard Cohen

Also see Video: Polar Music Prize Laureate Emmylou Harris thanks Leonard Cohen for his letter

Emmylou Harris’ – Ballad of a Runaway Horse

Credit Due Department: Photo by Ckuhl at Dutch Wikipedia, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikipedia Commons

Note: Originally posted July 9, 2015 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video – Emmylou Harris reads letter from Leonard Cohen thanking her for covering his song

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Emmylou Harris, 13-time Grammy winner, was honored as one of this year’s two Laureates of the Polar Music Prize, the world’s most prestigious music accolade. Ms Harris performs the best known cover of Ballad of a Runaway Horse by Leonard Cohen.

Greeting from Leonard Cohen to Polar Music Prize Laureate Emmylou Harris

Update: See Video: Polar Music Prize Laureate Emmylou Harris thanks Leonard Cohen for his letter

Emmylou Harris – Ballad of a Runaway Horse by Leonard Cohen

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this video.