Sometimes when I listen to First we take Manhattan it reminds me of Batman...
I'm guided by a signal in the heavens
I'm guided by the beauty of our weapons
I'd really like to live beside you, baby
I love your body and your spirit and your clothes
Bonus: My Muse's fave Cohen pic:
My muse pointed me to this amazing recording. At 31 minutes is an amazing version of "Lover Lover Lover"
“the background of your entire life, a background of anguish and anxiety, a sense that nothing goes well, that pleasure is unavailable and all your strategies collapse”.
- Leonard Cohen on depression
+ LEONARD COHEN: A FINAL INTERVIEW | September 2016| David Remnick from The New Yorker
I got into LC after hearing a bootleg of Tori Amos singing Famous Blue Raincoat in the 90's, then I read Beautiful Losers and the rest is history for me. Here are all my LC posts.
"God was ruler though his funeral lengthened. Though his mourners thickened Magic never fled..."
+ Leonard Cohen at 92Y, February 14, 1966
+ Listen to Leonard Cohen Read “Almost Like the Blues”
+ Philip Glass and Leonard Cohen - "I Can't Make the Hills"
//all of theses found by my Muse
“Please make me empty, if I’m empty then I can receive, if I can receive it means it comes from somewhere outside of me, if it comes from outside of me I’m not alone! I cannot bear this loneliness. Above all it is loneliness.”
Leonard Cohen, Beautiful Losers
+ Lana Del Rey - Chelsea Hotel No 2
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
I am selfish, private and easily bored. Will this be a problem?
Avoid the flourish. Do not be afraid to be weak. Do not be ashamed to be tired. You look good when you’re tired.
Please don’t understand me too quickly.
//Nicola Samori, L'Occhio Occidentale
For my Leonard Cohen loving Muse
I'm posting this for the only girl who makes smile, my muse.
+ Tori.Famous Blue Raincoat.live.2007
Lera // Text: Leonard Cohen
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"
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"
Leonard Cohen: You’re the kind of person that people get obsessed with for years. Too bad you’re too depressed to appreciate it.
Cohen was not directly involved in the writing of "Hope" but was given a writing credit by the band due to similarities in melody and lyrical pattern to his "Suzanne".
+ SUZANNE & HOPE
“I don't consider myself a pessimist. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel soaked to the skin.”
― Leonard Cohen
Don DeLillo, Mao II / Maurizio Di Iorio
Someone was missing from that list....
+ 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.
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.