Leonard Cohen Explains “Hineni Hineni / I’m ready, my Lord” From You Want It Darker

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That declaration of readiness, no matter what the outcome, that’s a part of everyone’s soul. We all are motivated by deep impulses and deep appetites to serve, even though we may not be able to locate that which we are hoping to serve. So this is just a part of my nature and I think everybody else’s nature to offer oneself at the critical moment when the emergency becomes articulate. It’s only when the emergency becomes articulate that we can locate that willingness to serve. [pause] That’s getting too heavy. I’m sorry. Strike that!quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Corrects Himself: ‘I Intend to Stick Around Until 120’ by Chris Willman (Billboard: Oct 14, 2016)

Paul Kalkbrenner Remix of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker

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Remix Posted On YouTube By Sony

Ongoing readers may recall that yesterday’s post, Video: Solomun Remix Of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker – Grand Palais, began

Love them or hate them, EDM remixes of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker are trending.

Well, it turns out that Sony is among those who love them – or at least they love the Paul Kalkbrenner Remix. Videos of a live performance were posted on the Leonard Cohen Facebook Page and this morning, Sony posted this complete, official 7 minute version featuring a graphic directly derived from the You Want It Darker album  and single cover art.

Update: See review of Paul Kalkbrenner Remix of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker at Hallelujah, A Leonard Cohen Techno Remix Exists and It’s Perfect by Max Mertens (Thump: October 7, 2016)


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Video: Solomun Remix Of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker – Grand Palais

Love them or hate them, EDM remixes of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker are trending. Paul Kalkbrenner’s Oct 9, 2016 performance at Lollapalooza Berlin is now followed by Solomun’s remix at Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées – the video of which is currently the most popular #leonardcohen Instagram post (18K+ views). One notes the enthusiastic reaction by the audience. (I will be even more impressed if those guys in the crowd figure out how to convert those hand hearts into hand unified hearts.)

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:

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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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View Video Of Cantor Gideon Zelermyer Singing His Contribution To Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker Album

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View video at Montreal cantor collaborates on Leonard Cohen’s new album

Also see Cantor Gideon Zelermyer And The Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir On Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker Album

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It’s Official: Pre-Order Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker & Download Title Track Now, In Stores Oct 21, 2016

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Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker
In Stores October 21St

Album Pre-Order Available Today 

Including instant download of single “You Want It Darker”

First Single “You Want It Darker” now available for download

and serviced to radio

Listen here

(September 21, 2016) Sony Music Entertainment Canada and Columbia Records celebrate Leonard Cohen’s 82nd birthday with the announcement that his 14th studio album, YOU WANT IT DARKER, arrives in stores on October 21st, 2016.  The new collection of startling songs was produced by his son Adam Cohen, and is available for pre-order now.

The first single and title track, which delves into an unflinching exploration of the religious mind, arrives at radio today. Cohen created this hypnotic groove with the addition of Montreal’s Cantor Gideon Zelermyer and the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir, whose voices invoke a sound from Cohen’s youth.

YOU WANT IT DARKER

 Tracklisting

  1. “You Want It Darker” Hypnotic groove. The surprise of a great synagogue choir.  An unflinching exploration of the religious mind.

Didn’t know I had permission to murder and to maim.

  1. “Treaty” One of Cohen’s signature melodies. A confession of the selfishness of love and the hope of a correction.

Only one of us was real—and that was me.

  1. “On the Level” An old man’s take on desire.

I was fighting with temptation, but I didn’t want to win

  1. “Leaving the Table”A slow, relentless, and somehow joyous ballad of letting it all go by. A guitar solo you will remember.

I’m leaving the table, I’m out of the game.

  1. “If I Didn’t Have Your Love” A classic Cohen love song: the deep gratitude felt by one heart opening to another.

That’s how broken it would be,
what the world would seem to me,
if I didn’t have your love to make it real.

  1. “Traveling Light” A seeker hits the road and finds the joys of solitude.

I’m traveling light
It’s au revoir
My once so bright
My fallen star

  1. “It Seemed the Better Way” The feeling of a prayer that’s been there forever, but the spiritual comforts of the past no longer available.

Lift this glass of blood, try to say the grace.

  1. “Steer Your Way” A song of courage as the heart moves into the darkness.

Steer your heart past the pain that is far more real than you.

  1. String Reprise/ Treaty A brilliant reimagining of “Treaty” as a string quartet; a truly glorious moment ending with a few words from Leonard himself.

I wish there was a treaty we could sign.

 

This great artist continues to astonish us. Uncompromising and urgent, YOU WANT IT DARKER is the latest chapter in Leonard’s significant contribution to contemporary music and thought.

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Single Downloadhttp://smarturl.it/YWIDsingleDL

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Leonard Cohen All-Stars: Top 10 Cohencentric Posts So Far In 2016

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New Leonard Cohen Song “You Want It Darker” In Peaky Blinders Garners 4 Of Top 10 Positions – But Not #1

Cohencentric commemorates today’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game with the lineup of our top 10 posts ranked in descending order of page views so far in 2016.1

10. Photo: Leonard Cohen & Friend With Ice Cream – 7 Years Ago

Photo: Leonard Cohen & Friend With Ice Cream – 7 Years Ago

9. Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010

Stellar Video: Born In Chains By Leonard Cohen With Sharon Robinson & The Webb Sisters – Las Vegas 2010

8. The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen

The Nevermind Variations: Mysterious Changes In True Detective’s Theme Song By Leonard Cohen

7. Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31

Peaky Blinders Season 3, Including New Leonard Cohen Song, On Netflix May 31


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  1. Note: Some of these posts were published before 2016 but only views garnered since Jan 1, 2016 are counted for this listing. []