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Monday, 17 October 2016


No mention of "Hallelujah"?

Instead of hallelujah, I would say the photo (and his lyrics) are dynamite;) and hence, more worthy of the nobel than Dylan's. Still wouldn't have been my first choice though.


I like the portrait, but not much the mop (or broom). It is true, visually it works, but it looks fake to me, like the photographer thought "Let's put into the scene something anyone would have removed".

And don't forget his 1966 novel 'Beautiful Losers' - going on 50 years after I still feel the impact on my life.


And what about Dance me to the end of love (like a burning violin) ;-) Beautifull image of Cohen - who maybe deserves the Nobel more than Dylan - and wrote a text about a Norwegian too.

Further to the mention of Cohen audiophilia, let me highly recommend Tori Amos' close-miked rendition of Famous Blue Raincoat in the compilation album Tower of Song: The Songs of Leonard Cohen by ibid's close relative Various Artists. I have used the Tori Amos version of FBR as a demo for my Martin-Logan electrostatics for many years now.

I love Cohen's I'm Your Man.

I also love "Hallelujah" (which isn't to my mind a Christian song as such). I have colllected a couple of outstanding covers of it on this page:


If any entertainer slash poet is to receive the Nobel it should have been Cohen. Next we will have Kanye screaming he should have gotten it.

Several tracks from "Songs of Leonard Cohen" are effectively the soundtrack of Altman's "McCabe & Mrs. Miller" which may not be his greatest film, but is the one I've wanted to watch more often than any other. I first learned of Cohen via that film and I've got to say that if you don't know his work at all, it's a stunning way to first encounter it.

Not one mention of the Madeleine Peyroux version of "Dance Me to the End of Love" on her second solo album Careless Love from 2004. Madeleine Peyroux dips into the Leonard Cohen songbook quite a bit.

I like the broom now it has been reframed as a positive. I'd probably have got rid of it with autofill which is likely a terrible crime.

I'm struck by the fact that neither Cohen nor Dylan can actually "sing", as the term is normally interpreted.

My introduction to Cohen came pretty much at the same time as my introduction to Dylan - late 60's. So I remember listening to Songs of Leonard Cohen and, say, Blonde on Blonde, on the same evenings at a time when they were both new(ish). All I can say is, Dylan did it for me and Cohen didn't. Possibly the fact that Dylan was nearer my own age might have made a difference? Also the dynamics in Dylan's "singing" were a bit more obvious that those in Cohen's. In more recent decades I get him, of course.

Looking back over a Cohen bio, I see that I probably saw him perform! I mentioned in another comment that I saw Dylan at the Isle of Wight festival in 1969 - I also attended the 1970 version and, yes, Cohen was on the bill that year. Don't remember him at all. Hendrix was the draw that year - and I missed him. ("Sleeping"....)

"If any entertainer slash poet is to receive the Nobel it should have been Cohen" Yes Eric Rose!
But while we are on the subject of brooms/mops - can someone explain why this one works visually? I don't disagree, but I haven't the words to explain what it is doing (Having been trained in the 'keep it clean, keep it simple' school of photography my first reaction would have been to remove the broom, or more likely, beat myself up afterwards for having not noticed it, having been more than a tad overwhelmed by being allowed to point a camera at Mr Cohen)

...and the broom, obviously, also geometrically mirrors the position of the beams to the left. Simple idea maybe but I like it.

Well, I like Leonard very much. I only found him about 4 years ago when I was going through a divorce. He is now one of my favorite singers. Unfortunately, I cannot listen to his music for long periods of time without getting near depressed.

Now that I know the story behind Marianne of "So Long Marianne," I may get more depressed, but that's Leonard. Very real.

If you'd like to hear an amazing Leonard Cohen recording, listen to the 2009 'Live In London' album. His performance is at its peak, the arrangements and orchestra are unmatched, and the recording quality would make Rudy Van Gelder smile.

I like this quote from LC: "On Thursday, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel prize for literature, sparking controversy among musicians, novelists and fans. That evening in Los Angeles, his songwriting peer and friend Leonard Cohen gave his thoughts on Dylan’s award. “To me,” he said, “[the award] is like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.”


LC kind of covers my life. In 1967, aged fourteen, miserable in a Yorkshire Boarding school the Songs of Leonard Cohen nurtured me through O Level exams. Being a teenager I loved his poetry in Beautiful Losers.
I always liked Dylan but like others here I think Cohen the better poet.

I always loved Greece in the seventies and now return to the Pelopenesse overlooking Spetse and Hydra three or four times a year.

Then in 2009 the joy of Leonard Cohen ... Not in London ... But in the retirement town of Bournmouth ...perfect. What a concert. His voice ever darker but an extra ordinary connection between him and his audience which I never felt in any of the Dylan concerts I went to.

I too would favour him over Dylan as a poet. Contemplative, reflective, sometimes sad .... But for me uplifting ....never depressing.

I wish the cat had been still.

No one has recommended Cohen's song "Nevermind" that was the theme of the second season of the great TV series, "True Detective," so I will. It's on the album "Popular Problems." Like Dylan, Cohen doesn't really sing anymore, but never mind.

My father shared a tent with a teenage Leonard Cohen at a Quebec summer camp in the early 1950s. Apparently he spent most of the summer writing poetry.

Saw this lovely image / article in the Guardian in the U.K. on Saturday 15th. Guess not many people can claim that their photographer dads had Leonard Cohen swing them upside down! https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/oct/14/leonard-cohen-baby-lucca-joy-barratt

[That's fabulous! --Mike]

Looks like the cat struck the same pose as Cohen. Love the shot.

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