Monday, January 16, 2012

Musical Interlude~Leonard Cohen

This song, soon to be released on Cohen's new album, Old Ideas, has totally invaded my brain:

There's also an informal performance/soundcheck vid, with some nifty guitar work and rather drastically different in spots lyrics, from 2009:

Leonard  Cohen, is 77, (born 21 September 1934)  Canadian, and a longtime amazing and amazingly prolific singer-songwriter, and poet, among other things.It's typical of him to release this on the internet with no strings, no yawing copyright/piracy garbage--to me it's an example of that pure desire we all have to not just write something, but to have it be heard, and do its work.
Thank you, Mr. Cohen.


  1. me some leonard cohen...his voice and most certainly his words...nice heavy bassline background to accentuate his voice with that whiny twanger....yeah...

  2. Amen to that. What a trooper! Thanks for posting this.

  3. I don't know why, but the track made me think of "Dancing With Mr. D" by the Stones -- l'amour bleu, thanatos' lovesong, visibility zero except for that whale of a bass of a voice sounding from the bottom. How something so dark could make me tap my tootsies I dunno, but Demeter I think was shakin' it and all of Hades agreed. Maybe Dante had it right, traipsing through Hell wrapped in Virgil's meters. The motion keeps the ocean from drowning the vibe. - B

    1. Probably because i have the Mr D lyrics on the sidebar, drilling into your subconscious. ;_) Yeah, it's hellish alright--and it's also transcendent of bad love into pure weariness" i got no future..i don't need your...etc--" and "I thought the past would last me, but the darkness got that too' Tell it, man.

    2. I mean 'hellish' in the best possible way, of course.

  4. ... Persephone I mean, not Demeter.

  5. Of course, it had to be classic blues!! Clever man, nearly makes The Darkness sound desirable, which it in truth is not. Persephone is rockin' all right--she just became Eve...
    Thank you.

  6. I prefer Burl Ives.

    (keeps straight face, with difficulty)

  7. Wonderful! I really enjoyed. He actually reminds me--well he reminds me of himself! Which is absolutely enough! And he doesn't need to remind me of former self as current incarnation is great.

    But made me think of Dylan too. (I kept thinking, oddly, of you gotta serve somebody, though I know completely different.)

    Thanks. k.

  8. I heard this on the radio this morning and must hear again!


"We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, out of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry." ~William Butler Yeats

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