Category Archives: Leonard Cohen

Calling On Leonard Cohen & Kezban: The Cat, The Cane, The Conversation

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A couple of days ago, the Duchess & I spent a sunny Los Angeles afternoon with Leonard Cohen and his personal assistant, Kezban Ozcan. While the conversation covered many topics, I suspect that readers may be less acutely fascinated by some issues, say, the comparison of the exercise programs favored by Leonard Cohen and the Duchess, than others.

For example, what about the …

The Cat Without The Hat

Kezban confirms that our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter-icon & long-time canine lover is now the primary caregiver for a cat (see today’s and yesterday’s photos) who roamed the neighborhood and “got himself adopted” by Leonard Cohen.

The Walking Stick

That rattan walking stick originally came into play because of a gout attack. At the time of our visit, Leonard didn’t appear to rely on it and its function may well have transformed from mobility aid to fashion accoutrement. And, yes, there was talk of adding a soft shoe routine to his stage act.

What’s Leonard Cohen Up To Next?

At one point, Leonard responded to a comment I made about the wonders of his doing concerts lasting more than three hours with “We’ll have to do that again.”

Being the intrepid blogger I am, I prompted “So, there’s going to be another tour?”

Without hesitation, Leonard Cohen leaned forward, flashed his grandest smile, and immediately replied in a firm, clear voice, “Maybe.”

Not satisfied with that equivocation, I pushed forward with “Is that a definite maybe?”

Leonard smiled again, answering “A tour is a definite maybe.”

I countered with “Well, you have to do something. Your retirements haven’t been very successful.”

Leonard came back with “Or maybe I’ll write a book.”

That conversational thread ended with my offer to ghostwrite his autobiography.

Coming Attractions: More photos & conversation from the visitation

New Leonard Cohen Album “Popular Problems” To Be Released Sept 2014

From Jarkko Arjatsalo’s foreword in the Dublin Event booklet:

Leonard has worked hard on his next studio album of entirely new songs. He asked me to let you know that “Popular Problems” will be out at the end of September, shortly after his 80th birthday.

Source: LeonardCohenForum post by Goldin Roman Gavrilin aka Hermitage Prisoner)

Leonard Cohen & DrHGuy – Hanging In The Hood

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How I Spent My Summer Vacation

More photos, including shots with Kezban & the Duchess, and narrative, including explanations about the cane and the cat, to follow

Is “Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin” The Much Awaited 2013 Leonard Cohen Concert DVD?

I happened onto the StaffMeUp website, where I found this listing for George Bellias, a Los Angeles video editor, who recently completed a project called “Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin.”1

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“Leonard Cohen – Live In Dublin” is almost certainly the live 2013 Leonard Cohen Concert DVD expected to be released this year.

I think.2

Leonard Cohen played two shows in Dublin in 2013: Sept 11 & 12.

Setlist: Dublin – September 11, 20133

Set 1
Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Bird on a Wire
Everybody Knows
Who By Fire
The Gypsy’s Wife
The Darkness
Amen
Come Healing
Lover Lover Lover (+band intro)

Set 2
Tower of Song
Suzanne
Chelsea Hotel
Waiting for the Miracle
Night Comes On
The Partisan
In My Secret Life
Alexandra Leaving (Sharon Robinson)
I’m Your Man
A Thousand Kisses Deep (poem)
Hallelujah
Take this Waltz

Encores
So Long Marianne
Going Home
First We Take Manhattan

Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will (Webb Sisters)
Closing Time

I Tried to Leave You

Setlist: Dublin – September 12, 20134

Set 1
Dance Me to the End of Love
The Future
Bird on a Wire
Everybody Knows
Who By Fire
The Gypsy’s Wife
The Darkness
Amen
Come Healing
Lover Lover Lover (+band intro)
Anthem

Set 2
Tower of Song
Suzanne
Chelsea Hotel
I’ve Got A Secret
Waiting for the Miracle
The Partisan
In My Secret Life
Alexandra Leaving (Sharon Robinson)
I’m Your Man
A Thousand Kisses Deep (poem)
Hallelujah
Take this Waltz

Encores
So Long Marianne
Going Home
First We Take Manhattan

Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will (Webb Sisters)
Closing Time

I Tried to Leave You
Save The Last Dance

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  1. Yes, I’m on vacation, but this might not be news – or even a good rumor – by the time I return. []
  2. Nobody tells me nothin’ []
  3. Source: LeonardCohenForum post by Gwen Langford []
  4. Source: LeonardCohenForum post by Gwen Langford []

Cohen Is Coming!! – Edmonton 1966

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Present darling of the campus cognoscenti, the bohemian in-groups, English 384, the Toronto morality squad, and lots of lovers of language. – Description of Leonard Cohen from Cohen Is Coming

This post is a prequel of sorts to the previously published Session With Poet Cohen: Rollicking 1966 Interview With Leonard Cohen Now Online. That interview took place during Leonard Cohen’s five week stay at the University of Alberta – Edmonton. Cohen Is Coming by Jon Whyte The article featured today appeared in the November 25, 1966 edition of The Gateway, the University’s student newspaper, in anticipation of Cohen’s visit.

The motivation for posting this is the incredible enthusiasm, reflected in the over the top language of the piece, attached to the prospect of a poet (Cohen’s first album wouldn’t be issued until Dec 1967, a year after this article was published) visiting the local university located in “the mythic wasteland of the central Alberta tundra.”1 This is a delightful read.

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Credit Due Department: Retrieved 31 July 2014 from Peel’s Prairie Provinces – University of Alberta Libraries

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  1. For more about the kind of excitement generated by a visit from Leonard Cohen The Poet to a university in 1966, see Girls Gone Wild Over Poet Leonard Cohen: “Normally cool, level-headed, and rational…females reacted to the poet like a mob of teenie-boppers leaving a performance of that modern teen-age aphrodisiac–the Beatles” 1966 – 1 Year Before Cohen’s 1st Album []

The Marianne Variations: So Long, Marianne Composite Video – 7 Verses

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Leonard Cohen’s Recurring Revisions Of So Long, Marianne

This is an unexpected but certainly welcomed addition to The Marianne Variations, a series of posts devoted to the major recurring variations of Leonard Cohen’s “So Long, Marianne” that significantly differ from the versions found on the Songs Of Leonard Cohen and Field Commander Cohen albums.  An introduction and links to all published posts in this series as well as the inclusion criteria and the original version of “So Long, Marianne” from the Songs Of Leonard Cohen album can be found at The Marianne Variations Summary Page.

Seven Verse Video Version Of So Long, Marianne

This composite video, constructed by AlanM5049 from three videos shot live by Albert Noonan (San Jose: 2009, Zagreb: 2010, Sligo: Aug 1, 2010), showcases all six verses from the the original studio version of So Long, Marianne plus one of the three other verses that have been performed in concert but not released on a recording.

1. Won’t you come over to the window, my little darling (SJ)
2. Oh, you know I really love to live with you (SJ)
3. Oh, we met when we were almost young (Sligo)
4. Oh, your letters say that you’re beside me now (Z)
5. Your eyes, how will I forget your eyes (SJ)
6. For now I need your hidden love (SJ)
7. Oh, you are really such a pretty one & play-out (Z)

The concept is skillfully executed with well-chosen source material and adroit editing. The result is both enlightening and entertaining.

Leonard Cohen – So Long, Marianne
San Jose: 2009, Zagreb: 2010, Sligo: Aug 1, 2010
Video composed by alanm5049
Original videos shot by albertnoonan