The Story of Leonard Cohen’s Bucharest Miracle

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Leonard Cohen Performs A Miracle In Bucharest!
By Oana Maria Cajal

My mother, Balcica M., is now 84 years old. She lives in Bucharest, Romania. In the past few years she has been painfully sad, trying to adjust to my father’s absence from this world. They were together for 50 + years. They were One. A very long time ago, at the age of 14, my mother published her first volume of poetry. Since then, no poems! Until this Christmas, when she happened to listen to Leonard Cohen recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep”. After listening to him, my mother quietly sat at her winter blooming window and, in one breath, she wrote a poem! She eagerly phoned me and, from across the ocean, overwhelmed by emotion, said: “I am alive again!” Soon Balcica M. will be finishing her new volume of poems, to be published in spring. After 70 years! Yes, Leonard Cohen is right! Poetry is proof of life! Thank you infinitely LC, for inspiring my extraordinary mother to write again, to be alive again!

This is her miracle poem, in my English translation. The words are inscribed, by Romanian artist Jorj Paduraru, on thin paper made of fish netting, dried jacaranda leaves and ashes of Life…

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For Leonard Cohen
by Balcica M.

Listening to you
I descend inside your heart
Slowly caressing its heartbeats
You are so alive!
I feel my soul touching yours
Let me find its gold, that gold
That brings our being into light
And takes it to infinity
Let me gather that longing
From your divine voice
I am so close to your magic nearness
You are not singer
You are not poet
You are that miracle
Called You.

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We gather up our hearts and go,
A Thousand Kisses Deep
Leonard Cohen

Text and art work: Oana Maria Cajal

More work by this artist can be found at Oana Maria Cajal. She also maintains a website at www.oanacajal.ca and a Twitter account at http://www.twitter.com/@OanaCajal

Note: Originally posted January 7, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Picto Video Celebrating “Slow” By Leonard Cohen

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LEONARD COHEN – SLOW
Hat Productions 2015

Perfection is attained by SLOW degrees; it requires the hand of Time
– Voltaire

Leonard Cohen – Slow
Art by oana maria cajal

Note: Originally posted January 4, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric, the video featured in this post is part of the intriguing and enlightening Leonard Cohen-inspired videos and art produced by Oana Maria Cajal. I plan to republish, over time, all the 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy.com posts about her work, all of which will be accessible at Oana Maria Cajal.

Come Healing! – A Powerful Video Offering Of Solace & Succor Built On Leonard Cohen’s Mesmerizing Hymn Of Universal Mercy And Salvation

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A Hymn For Our Times

In posting previous Oana Cajal videos inspired by Leonard Cohen,1  I asked her about her calling and received this reply:

I am a poet, a playwright, a painter. I believe the poetry created the world. My hobby: Survival! My message is urgent: In the Spotlight of Death, Life shines in its brightest colors. Celebrate! This very second! Right Now!

Clearly that drive informs and compels this video published yesterday after a traumatic, terrifying week in this county. [At the time of posting, the Boston Marathon bombings had taken place only days before (April 15, 2013].

Come Healing!
Oana Maria Cajal’s Picto-Healing, In Memoriam, April 2013, Graced By Leonard Cohen’s Mesmerizing Hymn Of Universal Mercy And Salvation.
Music: Come Healing by Leonard Cohen
Published: April 19, 2013
Video by oana maria cajal

All posted Cajal videos can be found at Oana Maria Cajal on Cohencentric .

Note: Originally posted Apr 20, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. You can read more about Oana Cajal  as well as view other Cohen-inspired videos she has created at Oana Maria Cajal on Cohencentric . []

Picto Cards By Oana Cajal From Leonard Cohen’s 80th Birthday Celebration

todaycertifThese picto cards were created last year in celebration of Leonard Cohen’s 80th birthday by Oana Cajal, an artist whose Cohen-inspired videos and graphics have frequently appeared on this site and its predecessors (her exhibition, Just Imagine, is currently running in Bucharest). These images were originally posted on the DrHGuy.com site Sept 21, 2014. I had hoped to present them again as  prelude to Mr Cohen’s 81st birthday yesterday,1 but that became impossible. They are, however, too striking for the passage of a date to preclude their re-posting here.

Graphic & text by Oana Cajal:

Dear Leonard,
Today, on your 80th birthday, we are offering you a special gift!

A STAR IN THE SKY!

We named a star for you in the HYDRA/SEA SERPENT Constellation!
Starting today, The Leonard Cohen Longing Star will shine forever for you and

for all Cohenites around the world!
Happy Birthday LC and may you live to be a 120!
With love, always, Oana and Stefan Cajal aka Hat Productions aka planet wanderers…

“And may my bronze name / touch always her thousand fingers / grow brighter with her weeping / until I am fixed like a galaxy / and memorized / in her secret and fragile skies.”
— Leonard Cohen, Let Us Compare Mythologies

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  1. View Oana Cajal’s video for Leonard Cohen’s 79th birthday at Tuning Up For Leonard Cohen’s 81st Birthday: 2013 Birthday Video – With A Little Help From My Friends []

2013 Leonard Cohen Birthday Video – With A Little Help From My Friends

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Leonard Cohen – Born Sept 21, 2013

Oana Cajal, whose fascinating Leonard Cohen-inspired videos have been a popular feature at the Heck Of A Guy and DrHGuy sites (see listing below), offered this description of herself:

I am a poet, a playwright, a painter. I believe the poetry created the world. My hobby: Survival! My message is urgent: In the Spotlight of Death, Life shines in its brightest colors. Celebrate! This very second! Right Now!

I recently mentioned to Oana that my hopes of putting together a celebratory video for Leonard Cohen’s birthday as I had done in the past appeared destined to be unrequited because of my recent illness, her response was – of course –  immediate: she would create a birthday video.

And, in fact, this morning I received this message from Oana and Stefan  Cajal  along with the link to the video upload:

I hope we are in accordance with your recent oniric adventures of inspiring mystery.

We love Leonard Cohen and we also love the uniqueness of your tireless, galvanizing passion for his persona. The motto of our Picto Video is a quote from LC:

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well poetry is just the ash”.

And from the ashes, we,  the deeply superficial Phoenixes, are arising day after day to make a leap of empathy for those in greater need. Rebirth seems to be an appropriate hobby for the like of us. Same with survival. Remember,  poetical ash is always growing wings of beautiful paradoxes..

Are these guys great or what?

Happy Birthday L C!, 21 September 2013. Picto Video By Oana And Stefan Cajal

Note: Originally posted Sept 20, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

In The Moment – Right Now: The Cohen Upstairs Video & Exhibition

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Oana Cajal – This Very Second

I found the Cohen Upstairs video so impressive and gratifying that I asked its creator, Oana Cajal, to tell me something about how she became a Leonard Cohen fan.

“Cohen Upstairs” is my exhibition presented now at Centaur Theatre in Montreal, during the Danish theatre-dance production of “Dance Me To The End Of Love”.

How I became a Leonard Cohen fan? I wouldn’t call myself a “fan”. Would be too simple.

I was born a Longingner. I only don’t remember if I longed to be born but, once arrived Here, or There (Bucharest, Romania), I began longing with passion. Very young, I was longing for love, freedom, knowledge, God, guilt, forgives and a pair of American blue jeans.

I was longing for Leonard Cohen before I even heard him. Then I heard him and it was like glancing at the mysteriously carved effigy of my destiny. Suzanne was the freedom of my youth, the crack in the walls of communist hell. My one way ticket to America!

I am a poet, a playwright, a painter. I believe the poetry created the world. My hobby: Survival!

My message is urgent: In the Spotlight of Death, Life shines in its brightest colors. Celebrate! This very second! Right Now! (See my series of paintings “Posters for Unwritten Plays”)

cohenupst2airsI also asked how she came to produce this video (and what a “Picto-Impulse” is).

What are the Picto-Impulses? Imagine that your soul is a ball of words and emotions. Imagine that you suddenly let it go down on Mount Baldy. The line of its descent is unpredictable, desperate, frightened, elated, funny, foolish, sacred, painful! My hand follows graphically the incredible journey of the Mind of This Line. A Line with blood in its veins… Red is my favorite color. “Of all that is written, I love only what a person has written in its own blood” (Nietzsche)

My cohenesque plans: 2 more videos: “Dreaming sweet and salty Suzanne” and “Hallelujah on Fire!” Also a picto-drama, “Entertaining The Gods with Roshi”

For more about Oana Cajal, see her web site.

This is Part One Of “The Essential Longing Trilogy”

Cohen Upstairs By Oana And Stefan Cajal
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Note: Originally posted April 1, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric, the video featured in this post celebrates a theatrical production and an art exhibit that long ago completed their runs. Nonetheless, I continue to find this video and the other Cohen-inspired videos and art produced by Oana Maria Cajal intriguing and enlightening. Consequently, I plan to republish, over time, all the 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy.com posts about her work. This is the the first of the series, all of which will be accessible at Oana Maria Cajal.

Oana Cajal’s Posters For Unwritten Plays Launched To Strains Of First We Take Manhattan By Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen’s First We Take Manhattan is the official song of Oana Cajal’s1 presentation of her new book, Posters For Unwritten Plays, the first publication of its kind in the world. She refers to Cohen as her Great Professor of longing and spiritual rebirth, her infinite inspiration.

The book launch on May 13, 2015 is itself part of her exhibition being presented at La MaMa Galleria in New York, May 13-May 24, 2015. The exhibition of kaleidoscopic happenings is dedicated to Ellen Stewart, the acclaimed founder of La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club.

Oana’s message: Right now! This moment is your life!

Oana Cajal website
Oana Cajal: Dramatists Guild Profile

The Book Of Posters For Unwritten Plays

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  1. Oana Cajal is an artist whose Leonard Cohen-focused video and graphic creations were featured on 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy.com and will be resurrected here at Cohencentric. See Picto Cohencentric Trilogy []

Picto Cohencentric Trilogy

IMG_6340Oana Cajal, an artist whose Leonard Cohen-focused video and graphic creations were featured on 1HeckOfAGuy.com and DrHGuy.com (and will be resurrected here at Cohencentric), offers these pictographs celebrating the launching of this site.1

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  1. Her videos can be found at the Video by oana maria cajal YouTube Channel []