Leonard Cohen '09

Leonard Cohen will release a new album next year

MADRID, Oct 19 - Renowned Canadian singer-songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen said Wednesday he had recorded his first new album since 2004 and would release it next year.

Cohen told journalists in the northern Spanish town of Oviedo, where he had travelled to collect Spain's top award for authors who do not write in Spanish, that "Old Ideas" consisted of ten previously unpublished tracks.

"I've played it for a few people, and they seem to like it," the 77-year-old said in his trademark gravelly voice.


"The Book of Longing" collaboration by Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen

I've been a die-hard Leonard Cohen fan for about eight years now, and until last week, I *thought* I had every commercial recording he's ever made. And then I found this while browsing at the library. It's the poetry of LC set to music by Philip Glass, released in 2007. LC speaks on a few of the tracks (Disc 1, tracks 1, 4, 8, 10, 13. Disc 2, tracks 3, 7), but the rest are sung by a couple of other artists. It's hit-and-miss in places, and it can be a little jarring to hear familiar words sung to wildly different melodies, but the words are LC's and the music is frequently lovely, though I'm not at all sure how to classify it. Definitely worth checking out. I can't be the only one who missed this, can I?

Oh, and congratulations to Grandpa Leonard, Mama Lorca, Daddy Rufus, and "Deputy" Dad Jorn on the birth of Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen in February!
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Leonard Cohen given ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Leonard Cohen given ninth Glenn Gould Prize

Leonard Cohen is the winner of the ninth Glenn Gould Prize, an international award given to a living artist who has made a "unique lifetime contribution that has enriched the human condition through the arts."

In his thanks to the Glenn Gould Foundation, Cohen noted that the honour of receiving the award, which comes with a cash prize of $50,000, is "sweetened by my love of the work of Glenn Gould."

Leonard Cohen was chosen from a distinguished list of international candidates nominated by the general public. In addition to the cash prize, Cohen will have the opportunity to choose an outstanding young artist to receive The City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize of $15,000. The two will receive their awards at a gala ceremony in Toronto, and their work will be honoured through a series of public events later this year.

The jury included singer/songwriter, indie producer and UN Goodwill Ambassador Dadawa (China); screenwriter, film and opera director Atom Egoyan (Canada); actor, screenwriter, author and director Stephen Fry (UK); celebrated American pianist, teacher, author and music administrator Gary Graffman; film producer, founder and director of DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art and PHI Group Phoebe Greenberg (Canada); singer, educator and vocal producer Elaine Overholt (Canada); and recording industry executive Costa Pilavachi (Canada/UK/Greece).

Leonard Cohen's work includes collections of poetry, including Let Us Compare Mythologies (1956) and Flowers for Hitler, and his novels including The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). He has published 12 books including Book of Longing (2006), a collection of prose, poetry and drawings which was the first book of poetry to reach the top of Canada's bestsellers' lists, and which formed the basis of a memorable musical and theatre collaboration with composer Philip Glass which premiered at Toronto's Luminato festival.

"Hallelujah", one of Cohen's best-known and best-loved songs, has been covered by over 150 artists.

Past laureates of the Glenn Gould Prize include Dr. José Antonio Abreu (2008), founder of El Sistema, Venezuela's free music education program for children and youth; composer and conductor Pierre Boulez (2002), Canadian jazz great Oscar Peterson (1993) and cellist Yo-Yo Ma (1999).

For more information on the foundation, prize and jurors visit www.glenngould.ca
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The Olden Days

Although I'll be seeing him in Victoria, B.C. Canada on Nov. 30th, I wish I could have been at this show.  The emotion, energy and soul is just intoxicating.

By the way now in order to post, the moderator will have to approve each post so as to avoid the annoying spam that seems to be taking over LJ.

Much peace to all of you.

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•Lover, Lover, Lover (Ramat Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel, September 24, 2009)
•Bird On the Wire (Clyde Auditorium, Glasgow, Scotland, November 6, 2008)
•Chelsea Hotel (Royal Albert Hall, London, England, November 17, 2008)
•Heart With No Companion (Oberhausen King Pilsener Arena, Oberhausen, Germany, November 2, 2008)
•That Don't Make it Junk (O2 Arena, London, England, November 13, 2008)
•Waiting for the Miracle (HP Pavilion, San Jose, California, November 13, 2009)
•Avalanche (Gothenburg Scandinavium, Gothenburg, Sweden, October 12, 2008)
•Suzanne (MENA Arena, Manchester, England, November 30, 2008)
•The Partisan (Hartwall Arena, Helsinki, Finland, October 10, 2008)
•Famous Blue Raincoat (O2 Arena, London, England, November 13, 2008)
•Hallelujah (Coachella Music Festival, Indio, California, April 17, 2009)
•Closing Time (John Labatt Centre, London, Ontario, May 24, 2009
Note that the O2 Arena performances on this release are from November 2008 and not the July 17, 2008 show that was documented on the Live From London CD & DVD.


Leonard Cohen Talks About First New Album of the Decade
By Patrick Doyle
Jun 18, 2010 2:37 PM EDT

Leonard Cohen has spent the last two years globetrotting through a marathon tour, but when Rolling Stone caught up with the poet last night in New York — where he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame — he revealed he's working on a new album, his first disc of fresh material since 2004's Dear Heather. "God willing it will be finished next spring," he said.

"I'm producing it," he said, wearing his typical dapper black suit and fedora. The 75-year-old added that the disc will contain "10 or 11 songs," mostly composed before he hit the road in May 2008 for the first time in 15 years. "One song was written on tour, the rest were written before," he said, noting that he wrote some tracks with longtime collaborator Sharon Robinson and with his longtime companion Anjani. What will it sound like? "Something good, I hope."

Cohen said not much has changed on his playlist in recent years and rattled off a list of his favorite artists with long breathy pauses between names: "The same people — Tom Waits, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, Judy Collins."

Last year, Cohen debuted one new song live, the slow, moonlit blues "Feels So Good." This summer, Cohen embarks another leg of his tour, and in November he'll play Cambodia's Olympic Stadium with proceeds going to chartiable groups like the Cambodian Red Cross. "That's a long story," he said. "But if we can help there I'm very happy to be able to do it." Cohen's tour grossed $21 million in 2009 and earned stellar reviews. "I don't examine these things too closely," he said about his success on the road. "Otherwise they may evaporate."

At the ceremony, Cohen made a brief-but-spellbinding speech, said he was "overwhelmed" and then recited a stanza from his staple "Hallelujah." After the ceremony, fellow icons Paul Simon and Billy Joel made an early exit, but Cohen hung around his table, posing for photos and accepting accolades. When a couple forced electric guitar pickguards in his face, Cohen calmly told them, "You know I don't like signing these," but then signed them anyway.
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