Unified Heart Signet Rings Worn By Leonard Cohen, Sharon Robinson, Hattie Webb, Howard Bilerman & The Duchess

Leonard Cohen’s Unified Heart Signet Ring
Photo taken at the June 18, 2013 Leonard Cohen Bercy concert by Ted McDonnell
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Sharon Robinson’s Unified Heart Signet Ring
Photo taken at the August 31, 2013 Leonard Cohen Manchester Concert by Mandy MacLeod

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Photo taken at the Nov 28, 2012 Montreal concert by Mandy MacLeod

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Howard Bilerman’s Unified Heart Signet Ring
From Howard Bilerman Tells Story Behind Recording Cantor Gideon Zelermyer And Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir For Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker
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Duchess’s (aka Penny Showalter’s) Unified Heart Signet Ring
Photo of the Duchess wearing the ring given her by Leonard Cohen taken by Penny Showalter

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Three Closeup Photos Of The Hands Of Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson – 2013 Manchester Concert

Leonard Cohen’s Hand

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Mandy MacLeod originally forwarded these close-up photos taken at the August 31, 2013 Leonard Cohen Manchester Concert during a period in which I was too ill to post them. Having re-discovered them recently, I am happy to find they fall in the “too good not to post” category and I am delighted to publish them now, however belatedly.

Sharon Robinson’s Unified Heart Signet Ring

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Note: Originally posted Nov 25, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Howard Bilerman Tells Story Behind Recording Cantor Gideon Zelermyer And Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir For Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker

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Howard Bilerman, the producer and recording engineer who runs Montreal’s hotel2tango studio and a Grammy nominated musician who performed with, among others, Arcade Fire, played a role in creating You Want It Darker, the Leonard Cohen album scheduled for release this fall. His account of the experience – from meeting Leonard to working with producer, Adam Cohen, recording a unique set of backup singers for the album, is interesting, entertaining, and enlightening:

Howard, Vic Chesnutt, & Leonard Cohen

The story starts some 10 years ago. I had just finished recording an album with the now departed Vic Chesnutt. It was the first time we had worked together, and we bonded over our love of Leonard Cohen songs. It made Vic’s day when I pointed out where Leonard lived and his favorite spot for breakfast.

A native of Georgia, Vic fell in love with Montreal, largely because it was Leonard’s home. Vic’s album was was released mid-July 2007 to incredibly positive reviews. One, written by Sean Michaels (now a Giller Prize winning author) concluded, “This record, done at the hotel2tango, is Vic’s best record in some many years … Now someone get Leonard Cohen there!” (a reference to an interview I had done some years before about artists I had dreamt of working with).

Within 12 hours of that review going online, an email arrived with the subject line “from Leonard Cohen” which read simply “Can I visit your studio? Leonard.”

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I trust, dear reader, you will excuse me for thinking this was a prank from one Vic Chesnutt. But, you know, stranger things have happened. So, I quizzed this “Leonard Cohen,” asking him the last names of two mutual acquaintances, something only the real Leonard Cohen would know. At 4:56 am the next morning I received an email, and in bold letters read the correct answers to my skill testing questions. There was no doubt about it — this was Leonard Cohen. Plans were made for Leonard to stop by the studio the next day at 4:30 pm.

At 4:30 pm, the studio doorbell rang. Opening the door revealed a handsome, dapper Leonard Cohen dressed in his trademark suit and cap. The first words out of his mouth were “if you’re busy I can come back.”

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