Thursday, October 22, 2009


Sincerely, L. Cohen

Stars waltz beneath my feet and twinkle in an enchanted sky as I sit inside the Moorish cathedral of song. Owl-feather clouds float lazily above. With my hand to my heart I listen as the fedora clad prophet tosses peerless gemstones out into the crowd, lyrical words that brush past our faces like angel wings, words at once enigmatic and revelatory, blessed with a wizardry that can bare the innermost workings of the soul. With a kindly air, he gazes out over the sea of faces gathered at his feet, as if bemused at the power of his own thoughts. We are entranced. And when the warm spotlight hits him - hat cocked to one side, time weathered and wise - as he stands alone on the wooden stage of history beneath that enchanted sky, we feel the recipients of a rare and most wondrous gift.
His like shall not pass this way again.

Ring the bells that still can ring.
Forget your perfect offering.
There is a crack, a crack in everything.
That’s how the light gets in.”


Leonard Cohen is currently on tour after a long absence.
If he visits your town, take it from me, he is not to be missed.
This was the third time I have seen him. He does not disappoint.

28 comments:

  1. I adore his voice, his words, his mind. Wow, you saw all the above.

    Thank you for reminding me of a firm favourite. Peace, X.

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  2. You can probably tell by my last post that I adore LC too...His latest CD "Live from London" has been getting very heavy use recently...sometimes I can close my eyes and pretend I am there in the audience...How I wish his tour was going to be near RI...maybe next year...

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  3. I love him, too. What a wonderful tribute to this brilliant artist.

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  4. I saw him play in front of Edinburgh castle. He is one of my favourite artists ever. Now I'm feeling all dreamy. Sigh.

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  5. What an experience for you! I am so happy for you.

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  6. I like his voice!
    but I don't think he will come to holland? or is he?

    have a wonderful weekend!

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  7. How wonderful for you. I'll check out his tour schedule-but somehow-I doubt that Maine is on it.

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  8. off to see if I can fine him here, sounds wondrous indeed.
    pve

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  9. The brilliant Leonard Cohen...ahhhh...enough said. XXXX

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  10. Oh my goodness. I have always loved Leonard Cohen, I have just about every cd of his! His songs are just poetry to music! suzie. xxx

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  11. Cohen ~ smoooooooth. So wonderful. I've never had the audience pleasure. I dream.

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  12. be STILL my heart. you captured the way i would be live and in person, stars waltz/owl feather clouds, hand to heart..i ALMOST feel that way listening to the london concert on cd and watching the dvd...i HAD to have both. and one of my fav songs: "forget your perfect offerings"..the chorus sings to me often!!
    yup..he's BRILLIANT, sexy, and i adore that easy sense of irony/humor/playfulness!! ALL this in the one and only Mr. L. Cohen.

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  13. Hello P&E,

    Glad you enjoyed the concert. Under an enchanted sky, indeed.

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  14. Cohen is a poetic genius. I feel like I know him personally, although I've never seen him live. You're a lucky girl. I'm so jealous.

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  15. I've enjoyed his song and poetry since I was 17 ... a long time :-)

    "Like a bird on a wire ... I have tried in my way to be free."

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  16. I would love to hear him in person! How nice...his words are inspiring!

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  17. Love his music. When we were on a boat holiday his was one of the few cds we had that week so one listen and I am back there in Norfolk.

    More recently there was the Shrek version of Halleluija. Lovely.

    Suzanne was the 1st song I learned to play from a book.

    Special memories.

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  18. I have another blogger friend (also in Atlanta) that wrote about this concert yesterday! I was going to say "small world," but I think the world of Cohen's fans is actually rather large.

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  19. Ooh, lucky you, I love his music too.

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  20. I love your pictures with Edward. He is so cute. And you look great. I wanted to borrow one are two of your piks for my Valeries blog do you mind? I hope you have a good weekend....

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  21. Lovely post and thanks for the heads up! Our must sees are becoming moreso as the years pass... I'm grateful to have seen Dave Brubeck this summer... AMAZING....

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  22. The divine Leonard was here in the Highlands in February this year. His concert was outdoors in a beautiful winery and started just as the sun was setting - beautiful surroundings, balmy late summer breeze and Leonard. As close to heaven as one can get! Leigh

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  23. I saw Leonard Cohen in concert at Edinburgh Castle last year and he was brilliant. Magnificent concert... yes the same concert Purest Green was at i expect....

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  24. I'm so jealous, I love Leonard Cohen - always have. He's just fabulous.

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  25. Isn't he heavenly? I used to listen a bit, and knew his songs, but never particularly thought myself a fan, then saw him on the telly in London on this tour, and the tears just poured down my face! And he does just seem such a gentle man. I certainly envy you!

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  26. Forever a part of Canadian high school literature studies his prose haunts the very depths of my memory...
    Susan

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