Outstanding Video: Sharon Robinson Performs In My Secret Life, Alexandra Leaving, Boogie Street, Summertime, Hallelujah – L.A. Private Event 2014

David Small, who contributed this well executed, never before published video of Sharon Robinson performing at a June 8, 2014 Los Angeles wedding, is taken with both Leonard Cohen and Sharon. David writes

And I miss (him) so much.
There’s no one in sight.
And we’re still making love
In My Secret Life.

The Ten New Songs album in 2001 surprised me because, after 9 years, I had given up on ever getting a new Cohen album – and, who was the woman on the cover? It has become my favorite album. See my license plate, SCRT LIF. Sharon’s music glides Leonard’s lyrics deep into my soul. I have this secret life.

“[Leonard Cohen] never has explained why he works with me. He’s very generous and gracious. I think that I was just able to provide an atmosphere that’s comfortable for him to express himself and get his work done.” Sharon Robinson

From The California Girl and the Ladies’ Man by Doug Saunders. Toronto’s Globe & Mail: October 11, 2001. Accessed 19 May 2014; 2:25 PM at Ten New Songs. Originally posted May 19, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video Delight: Leonard Cohen Performs I Tried To Leave You, Featuring Band Members In Spotlight – Paris 2012

Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You
Paris: Sept 29, 2012
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During Leonard’s final tours, I Tried To Leave You was the song that offered his band members the opportunity to show off their talents. While all the spotlight solos are a treat, the performances by Alex Bublitchi (beginning at 2:20), Sharon Robinson (beginning at 3:38), and – especially – Rafael Gayol (beginning at 6:12) are particularly noteworthy.

Note: The best available video of each of the 40 songs performed during the 2012 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour can be found at the Best Of 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist.

Originally posted Oct 19, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“For me, singing has always been a struggle. Sharon [Robinson], who is a very skillful musician, promised me she wouldn’t write any tunes with more than four or five notes.” Leonard Cohen On Ten New Songs

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The album [Ten New Songs] I think could be described as a duet. Personally, when I listen to my songs, I’m always more comfortable when my voice is surrounded by harmonies, which to me would naturally suggest the female voice. I never had much confidence in my voice. My son [Adam Cohen] sings beautifully, he has perfect pitch, but I’ve never really been able to hit a note right. For me, singing has always been a struggle. Sharon [Robinson], who is a very skillful musician, promised me she wouldn’t write any tunes with more than four or five notes.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Songs Of Love, Not Hate by Sylvie Simmons. Yahoo! Music: Oct 8, 2001.

Look Who Made It Into Sharon Robinson’s On Tour With Leonard Cohen: Mitch, Alex, Roscoe, Hattie, Charley, Neil, Dominique Issermann, Lorca, DrHGuy, Duchess, The Guy Who Carries Leonard Cohen’s Guitar…

I continue to be delighted by the images in Sharon Robinson’s On Tour With Leonard Cohen, which Vogue described as “a book of photographs, 92 percent of which were shot on an iPhone, which gives them a curious sense of intimacy, spontaneity, and complicity, echoing, in a way, the particular closeness of Ms. Robinson and Mr. Cohen’s relationship.”  Now, most folks buy this book because of the photos featuring Leonard Cohen, but there are other treats: many, many shots of other members of the Unified Heart Touring Company (past and present), family, strangers, local scenes, and the occasional hangers-on who show up at soundcheck in Austin.

On Tour with Leonard Cohen By Sharon Robinson (PowerHouse Books: December 9, 2014). Originally posted Dec 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos & Autograph Of Sharon Robinson – 2012 Ghent Leonard Cohen-Fest

It turns out that Dominique BOILE not only met and photographed the Webb Sisters during his time in Ghent but also ran into Sharon Robinson, thus hitting the trifecta of Leonard Cohen backup singers.

Dominique captured Sharon’s autograph on her Everybody Knows album and these nifty photos of the woman Leonard Cohen introduces as “The Incomparable Sharon Robinson” and Dominique calls “The Beautiful Sharon.”

As a bonus, the final image in the series displays the interesting design of the All Access pass Sharon is wearing.

Originally posted August 17, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric