Leonard Cohen Memorial


+ Damien Rice Famous Blue Raincoat
Lana Del Rey & Adam Cohen - Chelsea Hotel No. 2 
+ Seth Rogen Recites Field Commander Cohen
+ K.D. Lang: Hallelujah
+ U2 Pays Tribute to Leonard Cohen in Toronto , U2: Bad/Suzanne
+ So Long Marianne, Adam Cohen & The Webb Sisters
+ Adam Cohen with the closing speech and the song Coming Back To You
+ Everybody Knows, Courtney Love
+ Dance me to the end of love, Sting
+ The Future, Elvis Costello

"You're married to a mystery"

I think it's funny how LC's album covers look like they were done using MS Paint in 1995.

First Listen: Leonard Cohen, 'Popular Problems'

"Being a songwriter is like being a nun: You're married to a mystery. It's not a particularly generous mystery, but other people have that experience with matrimony anyway."
Leonard Cohen Offers Rare Peek Into His Process at 'Popular Problems' Preview
+ Leonard Cohen discusses Hallelujah

+ Leonard Cohen @ Glastonbury 2008 - Hallelujah

the data and the quiet organization


The poem is nothing but information. It is the Constitution of the inner country. If you declaim it and blow it up with noble intentions then you are no better than the politicians whom you despise. You are just someone waving a flag and making the cheapest kind of appeal to a kind of emotional patriotism. Think of the words as science, not as art. They are a report. You are speaking before a meeting of the Explorers' Club of the National Geographic Society. These people know all the risks of mountain climbing. They honour you by taking this for granted. If you rub their faces in it that is an insult to their hospitality. Tell them about the height of the mountain, the equipment you used, be specific about the surfaces and the time it took to scale it. Do not work the audience for gasps and sighs. If you are worthy of gasps and sighs it will not be from your appreciation of the event but from theirs. It will be in the statistics and not the trembling of the voice or the cutting of the air with your hands. It will be in the data and the quiet organization of your presence.

Leonard Cohen, "How to Speak Poetry"

Do not become emotional about the lace blouse

Do not become emotional about the lace blouse

Speak the words with the exact precision with which you would check out a laundry list. Do not become emotional about the lace blouse. Do not get a hard-on when you say panties. Do not get all shivery just because of the towel. The sheets should not provoke a dreamy expression about the eyes. There is no need to weep into the handkerchief. The socks are not there to remind you of strange and distant voyages. It is just your laundry. It is just your clothes. Don't peep through them. Just wear them.
Leonard Cohen, "How to Speak Poetry"

You're living for nothing now

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Tori Amos: Famous Blue Raincoat (Live)
- Another one for my funeral playlist. I still recall the first time I heard it on a bootleg (Titled Under The Covers) that was copied one cassette at a time via the Tori mailing list's hey days in 1994. I recall it b/c the tape had Tori singing "American Pie" the night Kurt Cobain died. It also had the first time she did a bunch of other covers like "Boys in the Trees" and "Wrapped Around Your Finger"

Thank God for modernity, who needs to find old cassettes when there's YouTube.

This may be my least favorite cover of it, that fucking saxophone is maddening: Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat

The rise and rise of Leonard Cohen’s once-forgotten classic

+ VIDEO: Hallelujah! The rise and rise of Leonard Cohen’s once-forgotten classic
Over 360 recordings and thousands of performances later, Hallelujah's lyrical mix of the sacred and the secular has graced the repertoires of artists as diverse as Jeff Buckley and Susan Boyle, and continues to appear in movies, television dramas and talent contests around the world.