Video Animation Of "The Letters" By Leonard Cohen And Sharon Robinson

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An Effective Presentation Of A Lesser Known Leonard Cohen-Sharon Robinson Song

“The Letters,” written and performed by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson, is a song I’ve considered benignly unremarkable.1  Viewing this video comprising a series of simple animations, however, has raised my interest in and appreciation of this track from the Dear Heather album. The effectiveness of the visual images appears to be less the result of offering interpretive clues than providing focus.

Several other videos by the same author and created in a similar style are available at cronogeo.

The Letters

You never liked to get
The letters that I sent.
But now you’ve got the gist
Of what my letters meant.
You’re reading them again,
The ones you didn’t burn.
You press them to your lips,
My pages of concern.
I said there’d been a flood.
I said there’s nothing left.
I hoped that you would come.
I gave you my address.
Your story was so long,
The plot was so intense,
It took you years to cross
The lines of self-defense.
The wounded forms appear:
The loss, the full extent;
And simple kindness here,
The solitude of strength.
You walk into my room.
You stand there at my desk,
Begin your letter to
The one who’s coming next.

Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson – The Letters

Video from cronogeo

Bonus: Boogie Street Video

The impact of the Boogie Street video is less apparent than that of The Letters, perhaps because Boogie Street is a much more familiar song. Still, the video does add a new aspect to the performance.

Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson – Boogie Street

Video from cronogeo

  1. I should note that, while I stand by my description of “The Letters” as a lesser known Leonard Cohen-Sharon Robinson Song, I am also aware that there are many who have long held a special fondness for this song. []

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