Category Archives: Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen “Live In Dublin” Available For Pre-Order At US Amazon Site

Leonard Cohen – Live in Dublin is available for pre-order as a 3CD/1DVD set at the US Amazon site. Price: $39.98; Release date: December 2, 2014.

The 3CD/1 Blu Ray version can also be pre-ordered at Amazon. Price: $49.98; Release date: December 2, 2014.

Celebrating The 2013 Leonard Cohen “Live In Dublin” Concerts

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“And I never got to tell you just how beautiful you are – And I mean it, goddamnit, I really mean it”

Leonard Cohen’s 2013 heartfelt, dramatic farewell to Dublin

Leonard Does Dublin

The listing of the Leonard Cohen “Live In Dublin” DVD/CD/Blu-Ray recording at various retail web sites1 offers the opportunity to celebrate these outstanding Sept 11 & 12, 2013 shows with videos of a few select performances and that emotional goodbye.

Best Of Tour Videos

No fewer than three entries from the Best Of 2013 Leonard Cohen Tour Video Setlist, which comprises the best available video of each of the songs performed during the 2013 Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour, are Dublin performances.

Leonard Cohen – Night Comes On
Dublin: Sept 11, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – Anthem
Dublin: Sept 12, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Leonard Cohen – I’ve Got a Little Secret
Dublin: Sept 12, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Leave-Taking

Leonard Cohen – Final Portion of Closing Time & Final Comments
Dublin: Sept 12, 2013
Video: Gwenluvsmusic

Setlist: Sept 11, 2013 Leonard Cohen Dublin Concert

Set 1

Dance Me To The End Of Love
The Future
Bird On A Wire
Everybody Knows
Who By Fire
The Gipsy’s Wife
The Darkness
Amen
Come Healing
Lover Lover Lover

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

Source: Gwen Langford, web master of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey

Setlist: Sept 12, 2013 Leonard Cohen Dublin Concert

Set 1

Dance Me To The End Of Love
The Future
Bird On A Wire
Everybody Knows
Who By Fire
The Gipsy’s Wife
The Darkness
Amen
Come Healing
Lover Lover Lover (+Band Intro)Jill
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

Source: Gwen Langford, web master of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey

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  1. Leonard Cohen Live In Dublin Listed On French Amazon Site – Release Date Dec 1, 2014 []

Leonard Cohen Live In Dublin Listed On French Amazon Site – Release Date Dec 1, 2014

Dominique BOILE sends word that the anticipated Leonard Cohen Live In Dublin album, first discussed on in a post at this site two months ago,  is now listed on the French Amazon Site although it is not available for pre-order, a Dec 1, 2014 release date has been published. The album is listed as a  1 DVD + 3 CD set.

Update: See Leonard Cohen “Live In Dublin” Available For Pre-Order At US Amazon Site

Update: Amrei Christensen informs us that Live In Dublin is also listed on the German Amazon site. Several readers have also alerted me that the Blu-Ray version is now listed at CDON.com

Pat Boone’s “I Almost Lost My Mind” Is On Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox – And In His Novel

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Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox

Biggest Influence on My Music – The jukebox. I lived beside jukeboxes all through the fifties. … I never knew who was singing. I never followed things that way. I still don’t. I wasn’t a student of music; I was a student of the restaurant I was in — and the waitresses. The music was a part of it. I knew what number the song was.

- Leonard Cohen (Yakety Yak by Scott Cohen, 1994)

Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox: Over the years, Leonard Cohen has mentioned a number of specific songs he favors. Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox is a Heck Of A Guy feature that began collecting these tunes for the edification and entertainment of viewers on April 4, 2009. All posts in the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox series can be found at the Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox Page.

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Breavman Listens To Pat Boone’s “I Almost Lost My Mind” in The Favourite Game

While Leonard Cohen’s Jukebox entries are typically discovered in interviews with the Canadian singer-songwriter, Pat Boone’s “I Almost Lost My Mind” is featured in a long section of Cohen’s novel, The Favourite Game.

From The Favourite Game
By Leonard Cohen

Now, Breavman, here is the proposition. Let us suppose that you could spend the rest of your life exactly as you are at this very minute, in this car hurtling towards brush country, at this precise stop on the road beside a row of white guide posts, always going past these posts at eighty, this juke-box song of rejection pumping, this particular sky of clouds and stars, your mind including this immediate cross-section of memory — which would you choose? Fifty more years of this car ride, or fifty more of achievement and failure?

And Breavman never hesitated in his choice …

Let the compounded electric guitar keep throbbing under the declaration:

When I lost my baby
I almost lost my mind.

Let the edges of the hills be just about to brighten. Let the trees never fuzz with leaves. Let the black towns sleep in one long night like Lesbia’s lover. Let the monks in the half-built monasteries remain on their knees in the 4A.M. Latin prayer. Let Pat Boone stand on the highest rung of the Hit Parade and tell all the factory night shifts:

I went to see the gypsy
To have my fortune read.

Let snow always dignify the auto graveyards on the road to Ayer’s Cliff. Let the nailed shacks of apple vendors never show polished apples and hints of cider.

But let me remember what I remember of orchards. Let me keep my tenth of a second’s worth of fantasy and recollection, showing all the layers like a geologist’s sample. Let the Caddie or the VW run like a charm, let it go like a bomb, let it blast. Let the tune make the commercial wait forever.

I can tell you, people,
The news was not so good.

The news is great. The news is sad but it’s in a song so it’s not so bad. Pat is doing all my poems for me. He’s got lines to a million people. It’s all I wanted to say. He’s distilled the sorrow, glorified it in an echo chamber. I don’t need my typewriter. It’s not the piece of luggage I suddenly remembered I forgot. No pencils, ball-pens, pad. I don’t even want to draw in the mist on the windshield. I can make up sagas in my head all the way to Baffin Island but I don’t have to write them down. Pat, you’ve snitched my job, but you’re such a good guy, old-time American success, naive big winner, that it’s okay. The PR men have convinced me that you are a humble kid. I can’t resent you. My only criticism is: be more desperate, try and sound more agonized or we’ll have to get a Negro to replace you:

She said my baby’s left me
And she’s gone for good.

Don’t let the guitars slow down like locomotive wheels. Don’t let the man at CKVL tell me what I’ve just been listening to. Sweet sounds, reject me not. Let the words go on like the landscape we’re never driving out of. g

gone for good

OK, let the last syllable endure. This is the tenth of a second I’ve traded all the presidencies for. The telephone poles are playing intricate games of Cat’s Cradle with the rushing wires. The snow is piled like the Red Sea on either side of our fenders. We’re not expected and we’re not missed. We put all our money in the gas tank, we’re fat as camels in the Sahara.

“I Almost Lost My Mind,” written by Ivory Joe Hunter, was published in 1950. Hunter’s recording of the song was a number one hit on the US Billboard R&B chart in that year. The best selling version of the song was Pat Boone’s cover, which hit #1 on the Billboard charts in 1956.

Pat Boone – I Almost Lost My Mind

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New Video: Leonard Cohen’s Q&A At The London Popular Problems Preview – Naked

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On Sept 16, 2014, Leonard Cohen met with the press at the Canadian High Commission in London to preview his new album, Popular Problems, and answer questions. While this Q&A was broadcast at a later date, it was only 16 minutes of a one hour program that also included fragments of songs from the album, cover versions, commentary, and chatter.

Thanks to audio editing by AlanM5049, that filler has been stripped, producing a naked version of the session.

I’ve added visual elements, including photos, graphics, lyrics, and such, but – and this is key – none of these are essential to the overall experience. Some viewers may enjoy the view; others may find it distracting.  In any case, feel free to turn the video on, lean back, close your eyes, and just listen to 16 minutes of Leonard Cohen talking about songwriting, collaborating with Patrick Leonard, smoking, his Jewish background, …

Leonard Cohen Q&A At London Popular Problems Preview – Naked
Sept 16, 2014
Video by Allan Showalter

Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post found at High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom Facebook page

Leonard Cohen Work Finds A Place (1985) by Mary Campbell Now Online

“I play at halls between 2 and 3,000 and 7 and 8,000. They’re mostly filled, about 90%. That’s not like Duran Duran plays but it’s there”

Leonard Cohen Work Finds A Place by Mary Campbell
AP – Kentucky New Era: June 29, 1985

This update on Cohen’s career includes

  • Cohen’s just released album, Various Positions
  • His slow rate of writing songs
  • His recent tour with a focus on his visit to Poland
  • The publication of Book of Mercy
  • His work with Lewis Fury on what was then called Angel Eyes
  • The completion of Death Of A Lady’s Man

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