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a poem inspired by our dear friend

Mar. 3rd, 2010 | 03:19 pm
mood: inspired
music: the window - leonard cohen
posted by: helenix in leonardcohen

Let me not pretend you stand beside me.
You are a field of wildflowers
lending your fragrance to the passing wind.
You can never walk beside me, but I
can lay upon your vast body
& dream the human shape
I long for you to take.

Let me not pretend that I am worthy
of the blossom-crown your scent has set
upon the weight of memory.
I cannot conjure you into flesh
with all the strength of my imperfect will.
I could count your every petal
& never know the number of stars
holding up the sky.

Let me not pretend that I do not envy
the thousand decayed corpses
of mice & grass & moss & lichen,
in which you are rooted
& from which you draw your life.

Let me not pretend, beloved,
that I could ever be your master.

(c) S. Menge 2010

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Leonard Cohen postponing tour due to injury

Feb. 8th, 2010 | 05:39 pm
posted by: unnecessaryhat in leonardcohen

According to the New York Times, Leonard hurt his back while exercising and will be undergoing six months of physical therapy. His European tour was supposed to start in Caen France on 3/1/10 but is now scheduled to kick off 9/15.

Most you probably know that he won a Lifetime achievement Grammy a few weeks ago... I can't believe it was only his second Grammy!

NYT article

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Poor LC!

Sep. 21st, 2009 | 10:36 pm
location: Clarksville, TN
mood: sympatheticsympathetic
posted by: skjaere in leonardcohen

I'd like to wish Leonard a happy 75th today, but I'll for just hoping he's feeling better.

Leonard Cohen Collapses on Stage

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Happy Bday man!

Sep. 21st, 2009 | 11:58 pm
posted by: samram in leonardcohen

Enjoy this rarely seen footage of Leonard Cohen

Picnic in the Park with Leonard Cohen

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I remember you well...

Aug. 6th, 2009 | 01:44 pm
posted by: bishopjoey in leonardcohen

 ...on the unmade bed...


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live in london cd dvd

Mar. 2nd, 2009 | 10:45 pm
posted by: fluffymcnutter in leonardcohen


Live In London

amazon has the live in london cd and dvd for sale and on the page link above, they have the suzanne video playing.

This title will be released on March 31, 2009.
Pre-order now!
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

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New LC Poem...

Mar. 1st, 2009 | 12:54 pm
posted by: bishopjoey in leonardcohen

...over at the New Yorker for your enjoyment...


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NYTimes article

Feb. 25th, 2009 | 02:56 pm
posted by: balthasaar in leonardcohen

Good NYTimes article about Cohen's recent touring:

I touched by this passage about ego and the artists who cover his songs.

'Mr. Cohen dismissed the idea of reclaiming possession of his songs as one of the motives for going back on tour.

“My sense of ownership with these things is very weak,” he responded. “It’s not the result of spiritual discipline; it’s always been that way. My sense of proprietorship has been so weak that actually I didn’t pay attention and I lost the copyrights on a lot of the songs.”'

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Leonard Cohen plays first U.S. concert in 15 years

Feb. 21st, 2009 | 02:06 pm
location: Dillwyn, VA
mood: hungryhungry
posted by: skjaere in leonardcohen

Leonard Cohen plays first U.S. concert in 15 years

By Edith Honan Edith Honan – Fri Feb 20, 2:04 pm ET
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Folk singer Leonard Cohen skipped onto the stage on Thursday at his first U.S. concert in 15 years, cracking jokes about his advanced age and the lusty themes of some of his hit songs.

The three-hour, six-encore concert at New York's Beacon Theater marked Cohen's first U.S. concert since he stopped touring to become a Buddhist monk, only to be forced back on the road after he lost his retirement savings.

The 74-year-old Canadian, dressed in a black suit and hat, performed hit songs "Bird on the Wire," "Suzanne,' "In My Secret Life," "Hallelujah," "Everybody Knows," and "So Long Marianne," to standing ovations.

Performing the poem "A Thousand Kisses Deep," he paused knowingly on the line: "I'm old but I'm still into that" prompting the crowd to erupt into whoops and applause.

"It's been a long time since I stood up on a stage in New York," he said, quipping that he had been 60 then, "just a kid with a dream."

Cohen has been on tour since May, performing in Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Australia.

Born in Montreal, he started his musical career in New York, after modest success as a poet and novelist.

He rose to fame in the 1960s with songs about sex, faith and betrayal performed in a deep baritone he once described in a song as "the gift of a golden voice." His best-known song, "Suzanne," was a hit for Judy Collins.

Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.

He retreated to a California monastery in the 1990s to study Zen, but "cheerfulness kept breaking through," he told the crowd.

Cohen resurfaced in 2005, claiming that his former manager and lover Kelley Lynch had misappropriated more than $5 million, reducing his retirement account to $150,000.

A Los Angeles court awarded him a $9 million civil judgment, but he has reportedly not been able to collect.

"I think that hard times are coming. Some people say that it's going to be even worse than Y2K," he joked, referring to concerns, which proved unfounded, that a computer glitch would cause devastation at the start of the year 2000.

While the concert was something of a homecoming for Cohen, he often gave the spotlight to his bandmates. His back-up vocalists, including longtime songwriting collaborator Sharon Robinson and the Webb Sisters, had cameo performances.

On April 2 he will launch a North American tour in Austin, Texas, that will also take in Vancouver, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, Quebec City and Ottawa.

He will return to New York on May 16 for a concert at Radio City Music Hall.

In a lengthy thank-you at the end of the concert, Cohen thanked not only his band but also the technicians and "Lisa, who takes care of our hats."

"I want to thank you for the warm hospitality," he told the crowd. "It was a memorable evening, and I won't forget it."

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Wondering about meaning of 'You Have Loved Enough'

Feb. 11th, 2009 | 02:11 pm
posted by: emmiegray in leonardcohen

I said I’d be your lover.
You laughed at what I said.
I lost my job forever.
I was counted with the dead.

I swept the marble chambers,
But you sent me down below.
You kept me from believing
Until you let me know:

That I am not the one who loves –
It’s love that seizes me.
When hatred with his package comes,
You forbid delivery.

And when the hunger for your touch
Rises from the hunger,
You whisper, "You have loved enough,
Now let me be the Lover."

What are the marbled chambers?
Is he being prohibited from loving further or just being offered a rest from doing all the loving?
Where is the package of hatred coming from?
Any other ideas about these lyrics?
I love them, but feel i don't understand them.....many thanks.

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