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Tag: Leonard Cohen

Friday, November 15th

what’s new

Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), “Happens to the Heart” (L. Cohen), published 10/25/19



Interview excerpt, published 11/8/19




random sights

last night, Oak Park, Ill.

Monday, February 12th

two takes

“In My Secret Life” (L. Cohen, S. Robinson)

Bettye LaVette, live, Montreal, 2017



Leonard Cohen (1934-2016), live




reading table

Could live – did live –
Could die – did die –

—Emily Dickinson (1830-1886), 59 (Franklin; excerpt)

Saturday, November 12th


Leonard Cohen, songwriter, singer, poet, novelist, Zen Buddhist monk
September 21, 1934-November 7, 2016

With Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone), “Who By Fire,” 1989


“Closing Time,” 1992


“Everybody Knows,” 2014


“You Want It Darker,” 2016



random sights

yesterday, Oak Park, Ill.



Monday, 8/27/12

Everybody knows the boat is leaking . . .

Leonard Cohen, “Everybody Knows,” live, London, 2008



talking (Canadian TV, 1997)

(Yeah, the interviewer is often obnoxious; but, despite [because of?] that, this is one of the more intriguing “celebrity interviews” I’ve heard.)


reading table

Returning To My Cottage
by Wang Wei (699-759 [trans. David Young])

A bell in the distance
the sound floats
down the valley

one by one
woodcutters and fishermen
stop work, start home

the mountains move off
into darkness

alone, I turn home
as great clouds beckon
from the horizon

the wind stirs delicate vines
and water chestnut shoots
catkin fluff sails past

in the marsh to the east
new growth
vibrates with color

it’s sad
to walk in the house
and shut the door.


radio: 72 hours of Pres & Bird

Celebrating the birthdays of Lester Young (8/27) and Charlie Parker (8/29), WKCR-FM (broadcasting from Columbia University) will be playing their music all day today, tomorrow, and Wednesday.

Wednesday, 2/24/10


1. Take a singer whose range includes about as many notes as he has fingers (on one hand).

2. Add a saxophonist who’s renowned for his melodic and harmonic inventiveness.

3. Mix?

Leonard Cohen with Sonny Rollins, “Who By Fire,” live (TV broadcast), 1989

These two mostly sound (to these ears) like, well, what they are: two distinctive artists whose musical worlds couldn’t be more different. But when Sonny finally leaves his world and enters Leonard’s—a world where melodic invention counts for nothing and subtle changes in inflection count for everything—the results are breathtaking (5:47 and following).




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