Photos, Review Of 2009 Leonard Cohen León Concert


July 31, 2009 Leonard Cohen León Concert Review

The following text is a Google translation of the opening paragraph of Leonard Cohen tiñe León con la amargura de sus plegarias poéticas by Cristina Fanjul, published in Diario de León on August 1, 2009.  Although the computer translation is, as is often the case, almost comic at points, the language approaches poetry, leaving those of us ignorant of Portugese wondering how lovely this newspaper review of a Cohen concert must be in its native idiom.

leon2Leonard Cohen Dyes Leon With The Bitterness Of His Poetic Prayers

As a contemporary Lord Byron, the beautiful loser with a burning violin, Leonard Cohen led thousands in León to recover the beauty of songs which after years of silence. Wearing his hat as master of ceremonies, the Canadian poet deployed the magic of Dance Me To The End Of Love, The Future,  Ain’t No Cure For Love and Everybody Knows. Leonard Cohen yesterday became one of the most important cultural events of the city and Leon Arena was capital for almost three hours of epic music that shapes a poet to transcend the mud, singing and continues to look for individuality that he considers unattainable.

Credit Due Department: These gorgeous photos from the July 31, 2009 Leonard Cohen concert in León were taken by Indiana Caba.


Note: Originally posted Aug 2, 2009 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: A Special Composite Presentation Of A Thousand Kisses Deep By Leonard Cohen

More Than A Thousand Kisses Deep

Leonard Cohen’s recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” has varied in content over the years. This composite of some of these versions is an especially gratifying coalition of international forces, featuring AlanM5049 of Adelaide, Australia, Roman Gavrilin (aka Hermitage Prisoner) of St. Petersburg, Russia, Sony of Canada (and everywhere else on Earth), DrHGuy of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Leonard Cohen, residing in Los Angeles, California [at the time of the original posting].

AlanM5049 describes the process.

I initially contemplated conjoining all the verses of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” from the several versions presented during the Leonard Cohen World Tour. A LeonardCohenForum posting by Goldin, Two “A Thousand Kisses Deep” recitations from 1997-1998,1 however, directed  me to older recordings, which I analyzed for content.

I cleaned up the sound on both where I could, but the connections between the versions were too abrupt.

Cohen’s pauses and Neil Larsen’s organ playing in the “Live In London” recording of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” provided the opportunity to integrate the unduplicated verses from the earlier recordings. I looped each organ piece several times until I had enough to add to the unaccompanied verses. I think that although the acoustics of the three  recordings are different, adding the organ track has supplied the continuity I was seeking. I confess that until I separated out Neil’s music, I hadn’t realized how beautifully complex it is.

I also moved the last stanza from the “Live In London” recording, at which point the delivery slows, to the end to produce a sense of an ending.

Cohen spoke a bit faster in the unaccompanied recitations, but when I tried to slow the speed the result sounded like “phasing,” dissuading me from using the slower version.

I was stimulated to finish the project by the impressive result created by combining Cohen’s recitation [of “Two Worlds,” a “specially written verse” of “A Thousand Kisses Deep”] with musical backing in the Sony 3D television advertisement.

DrHGuy Note: My own role was limited to adding photos and a movie clip pertinent to Leonard Cohen as well as a few sketches by the Canadian singer-songwriter to complete the video montage.

“A Thousand Kisses Deep” By Leonard Cohen
A Composite Presentation


Note: Originally posted Dec 30, 2011 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric


  1. The pertinent portion of that post follows:

    I’ve found on YouTube 2 unattributed recitations. Haven’t received replies from the uploaders so far, but I think I cleared up the details.

    1. The first recording is inexplicably under-viewed (less than 1 view per day!). It is a fragment of 1997 – Beautiful Losers – Arte Network, France – 34m Interview for French TV, broadcast on 29 July 1997. See screenshot @ Diamonds in the Mine to receive evidence: “film & arts” logo, the same suit, the same window frame finally 🙂

    2. The other one is extremely popular (more than 1,1 million views) audio-only recording, Briefly, this recitation is taken from KCRW interview (March 3, 1998). It was mentioned on the Forum by Jean-François Bédard in 2002 and by Tom Sakic in 2003.  This lyrics also appeared here, in Lily’s post. But the lyrics recited in 1997 are little-known. Google finds its ONLY appearance on the Net.

    Read this masterpiece below and note the second strophe!

    A Thousand Kisses Deep (1997)

    Don’t matter if the road is long
    Don’t matter if it’s steep
    Don’t matter if the moon is gone
    And the darkness is complete
    Don’t matter if we lose our way
    It’s written that we’ll meet
    At least, that’s what I heard you say
    A thousand kisses deep

    Don’t matter if you lie to me
    Don’t matter if you cheat
    When you sell me down the river
    I’ll pretend to be asleep
    There’s a pair of leather gloves for you
    And a blade against your cheek
    But it’s strange what you forget to do
    A thousand kisses deep

    I loved you when you opened
    Like a lily to the heat
    You see, I’m just another snowman
    Standing in the rain and sleet
    Who loved you with his frozen love
    His second hand physique
    With all he is and all he was
    A thousand kisses deep []

Name Needed For Leonard Cohen Commemorative Garden At Lissadell House

Lissadell House Request

As many fans know, Leonard Cohen performed two magnificent concerts at Lissadell House, Sligo on July 31 and Aug 1, 2010. (See Leonard Cohen & Yeats: The 2010 Lissadell House, Sligo Concerts)

Michael Purcell alerts us that

The owners of Lissadell, Edward Walsh and his wife Constance Cassidy, have posted a request looking for suggestions for the naming of a garden in Lissadell to commemorate Leonard Cohen ~ the centerpiece will be the Plaque and Canadian Maple tree as reported in The Nationalist in September 2010.

In the near future they hope to establish a Leonard Cohen Interpretive Centre to complement The William Butler Yeats Gallery which was opened by Leonard on 1st August 2010.

The Facebook post and some names already suggested can be found at Lissadell House – Leonard Cohen Garden

Leonard Cohen 2010 Helsinki Concert: Photos & Feels So Good Video

Leonard Cohen - Helsinki 2010. Photo by Vesa

Fine Photos & Vivid Videos From Aug 8, 2010 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert

Some  Leonard Cohen concerts feature inspired performance, enthusiastic audiences, and unique aspects (e.g., one time renditions of a version of a song, a special message to a particular crowd, or a thought invoked by the specific venue) but fail to grab the attention of the review-reading, video-viewing, picture-perusing fans not in attendance at the show.

Other stops on the Leonard Cohen World Tour, however, produce a plethora of arresting  recordings and images. The August 8, 2010 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert falls into this abundance of blessings category, having already been the focus of three previous entries on this site.The quality of these photos and video from the Helsinki show displayed below mandate their posting.

Video: Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good

Feels so good, not to love you like I did
Feels so good, not to love you like I did
It’s like they tore away my blindfold and they said,
We’re gonna let this prisoner live
It’s like they tore away my blindfold and they said,
We’re gonna let this prisoner live

Helsinki: August 8, 2010
Video from HasseNyman


Leonard Cohen and Bob Metzger - Helsinki 2010. Photo by Maarten Massa

Leonard Cohen - Helsinki 2010. Photo by MM

Credit Due Department: The first and final photos are by Vesa Tapiola and the others are by Maarten Massa.



Note: Originally posted Aug 18, 2010 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric