Leonard Cohen All-Stars: Top 10 Cohencentric Posts So Far In 2016

lcpkpost2

New Leonard Cohen Song “You Want It Darker” In Peaky Blinders Garners 4 Of Top 10 Positions – But Not #1

Cohencentric commemorates today’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game with the lineup of our top 10 posts ranked in descending order of page views so far in 2016.1

10. Photo: Leonard Cohen & Friend With Ice Cream – 7 Years Ago

Photo: Leonard Cohen & Friend With Ice Cream – 7 Years Ago

9. Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010

Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010

8. The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen

The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen

7. Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31

Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31


Continue Reading →

  1. Note: Some of these posts were published before 2016 but only views garnered since Jan 1, 2016 are counted for this listing. []

Sign That The Apocalypse Is Upon Us – Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” Attributed To Alexandra Burke

360px-Alexandra_Burke_All_Night_Long_Tour

Alexandra Burke’s “Hallelujah”

This morning, while innocently following routine links referring to Leonard Cohen, DrHGuy found himself confronted by this entry at The X Factor Buzz:

Why hasn’t Alexandra Burke written more songs after “Hallelujah?”  That was such a great song for a first attempt. Where is she?1

Not unlike Jesus, DrHGuy wept.

fedoradividerNote to younger readers: “The Apocalypse is upon us” is an allusion to the end of days and second coming of Christ prophesied in the Book of Revelation; it is not the name of the latest song ostensibly written by Ms. Burke.))

Credit Due Department: Photo by Matt Brockwell, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia

Note: Originally posted Apr 13, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

_________________________

  1. DrHGuy, unable to tolerate the combined impact of the content of this entry and the misspelling of “Hallelujah” and the errant punctuation and capitalization, has corrected these grammatical errors he is desperately trying to make himself believe are typos. []

Rufus Wainwright Leads Choir Of 1500 In Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah

choir

From the YouTube description:

It was a magical evening. 1500 hundred singers came to Luminato Festival at the Hearn Generating Station in Toronto. Daveed + Nobu (AKA DaBu) taught them back up parts to Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, then Rufus Wainwright joined them on stage to sing lead. It was an EPIC NIGHT! to remember.

rufus

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

Pro-Shot Video: Leonard Cohen’s Measured Masterpiece – “Hallelujah” Barcelona 1993

hall-baI did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Featuring Bob Metzger

bobhall

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Barcelona: May 15 1993
Video from a1000kissesdeep

The backup singers on the 1993 tour were Julie Christensen & Perla Batalla. The band musicians were Bob Metzger (yep, the same Bob Metzger who played in the 2008-2010 World Tour): guitar and steel pedal guitar, Jorge Calderón: bass, Bill Ginn: keyboards, Paul Ostermayer: keyboards, saxophone. Bob Furgo: violin, keyboards, Steve Meador: drums.1

Note: Originally posted Sept 1, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
__________________________

  1. Is This What You Wanted by Jim Devlin, p 71 []

Video: Leonard Cohen Sings I’m Your Man & Hallelujah, Skips Offstage To Standing Ovation – Kingston 2012

hallkingFeaturing Alex Bublitchi & Neil Larsen

While this video qualifies as an imperfect offering, it is a treat to watch because of the exuberance of both Leonard Cohen’s performance and the audience’s response. Also noteworthy are solos by Alex Bublitchi (I’m Your Man) and Neil Larsen (Hallelujah).

Leonard Cohen – I’m Your Man and Hallelujah
Kingston: Dec 13, 2012
Video by JP Rayne

 

Credit Due Department: Thanks go to Laurence of Paris, who alerted me to this video

“Mr. Cohen played it straight & left no doubt that other artists who cover ‘Hallelujah’ are just borrowing it; the definitive version is still Mr. Cohen’s”

quoteup2
And how did he sound? He sounded like Leonard Cohen. The band ably supplied most of the music, the background singers did their best not to drown out Cohen, and were mostly successful, and Cohen himself showed that his limited voice still has lost nothing of its potency. The real eye-opener was on one of his most well-known, and most covered, songs, “Hallelujah”. Some artists would avoid playing a song that another artist has possibly done a definitive version of (in this case Jeff Buckley) and some artists would come up with a new arrangement to demonstrate who still owns the song. Mr. Cohen played it straight and left no doubt that the other artists who cover “Hallelujah” are just borrowing it; the definitive version is still Mr. Cohen’s.quotedown2

 

From A Hundred Floors Above Us by Oakley.  Posted by Dec 22, 2012 at Maybe I’m Just Tired and Bored With Myself

Note: Originally posted Jan 7, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric