“I sing his songs to come to terms with the loss I feel in my heart every day and to keep him alive and well here in his beautiful body of work.” Perla Batalla Performs Leonard Cohen’s So Long, Marianne & Famous Blue Raincoat

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I sing his songs to come to terms with the loss I feel in my heart every day and to keep him alive and well here in his beautiful body of work. Thank you Leonard Cohen for leaving these songs behind and for encouraging me to sing them. Under the moon and the stars and the voices rising in song (Hallelujah), we all felt it…your presence and peace, for a moment.quotedown2

Perla Batalla

From Perla Batalla’s Instagram

Perla Batalla – So Long, Marianne (Leonard Cohen)
Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena: July 29, 2017

Perla Batalla – Famous Blue Raincoat (Leonard Cohen)
Levitt Pavilion, Pasadena: July 29, 2017

Other videos from this concert: Hallelujah & Bird On The Wire

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Chema from Barcelona, who alerted med to these videos.

Video – Leonard Cohen Talks About His Life On Hydra: Why He Came, How He Met Marianne, Writing Books & Songs There …

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I met a girl and I stayed for eight or ten years.
Yeah, that’s the way it was in those days.
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Leonard Cohen

“This was the laboratory of my youth”

In this video, excerpted from the 1988 film Songs From The Life Of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen, accompanied by his backup singers Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, revisits the home in Hydra that he shared with Marianne of So Long Marianne  In addition to a discussion of his life on Hydra, this clip includes performances  of Who By Fire, Bird On The Wire, So Long Marianne, Partisan, and Famous Blue Raincoat.