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by AlanM
Wed Aug 16, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

I tried to search for more info about Raffi because I wondered why he stopped playing with Leonard. Because Leonard toured infrequently and didn't record many albums (until recently), there was no "permanent" Leonard Cohen band. I get the impression that musicians were chosen from who was available...
by AlanM
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Ah Vickie, You picked a tough one this time. Every time I think I have gathered my thoughts and log on to reply, something else has been posted, to make me reconsider, either to avoid repetition, or because of some new thought. This whole album is enthralling highlighted, as Bev has written, by Raff...
by AlanM
Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

And hey everybody, there’s something we’ve all overlooked as regards Famous Blue Raincoat! I beg to differ, Bev. I knew exactly why I should ask him to lead off the discussion. Do we want to remain with songs from this album, or venture into another one? Do we want to veer towards the non-concert s...
by AlanM
Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:33 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

I know Alan and I have discussed this song in print and in person before so I’m not surprised that he would suggest it I remember it well - not quite the Chelsea Hotel, but a very pleasant afternoon spent discussing Leonard with another Cohenite friend (is that tautology?), just prior to the concer...
by AlanM
Wed Aug 09, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

So is this allegory or allegoresis?
I have thought a bit more on this dilemma and was going to change the question to: So is Avalanche allegory or allegoresis? I've changed my mind and now I would change it to So are some or all of Leonard Cohen's lyrics allegory or allegoresis?
Alan
by AlanM
Wed Aug 09, 2017 4:35 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

At the beginning of my analysis I agreed with the metaphorical/allegorical assessment that 4 had stated, and then gave my interpretation of the relationship aspect, which in itself is mysterious, never mind (good song title!) digging out the underlying meaning. Before I started this reply I checked ...
by AlanM
Tue Aug 08, 2017 3:52 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Don't want to cut off more Avalanche discussion, but as we are straying off that topic, OK back on topic. I recall reading (probably on this Forum) that Songs Of Love And Hate was supposed to have love songs on one side of the vinyl disc and hate songs on the other. I beg to differ and propose that...
by AlanM
Fri Aug 04, 2017 11:51 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

If you've got to remember, that's a fine memory! But I know from your eyes and I know from your smile that tonight will be fine, will be fine, will be fine, will be fine for a while. Ah, that night was so fine, in spite of everything else, and for longer than just a while! One of the highlights of ...
by AlanM
Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Thank you, Bev.
I certainly have no recall of the 2 improvisations.
You should record Nancy as a violin solo and post it for us to enjoy too.
Alan
by AlanM
Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:41 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Ah Alan, you must have heard these three songs because they were all recorded from that concert :) Minute Prologue (only time sung live that I know of), Passing Through and Seems So Long Ago, Nancy. Bev, Sadly the memory has faded a bit after all this time. My primary memory as I mentioned previous...
by AlanM
Tue Aug 01, 2017 3:15 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Greetings, All. I’m assuming your questions about when are mainly rhetorical Not entirely, Bev. I put it out there in case anyone has read or heard something that Leonard may have said. I guess if he had been asked the question directly he would have ticked the "all the above" box. 4 - I like your l...
by AlanM
Mon Jul 31, 2017 3:31 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Listen to the hummingbird Whose wings you cannot see Listen to the hummingbird Don’t listen to me. Listen to the butterfly Whose days but number three Listen to the butterfly Don’t listen to me. Listen to the mind of God Which doesn’t need to be Listen to the mind of God Don’t listen to me. Leonard...
by AlanM
Sun Jul 30, 2017 3:59 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Hi Vicky & 4, A video version of this song that is a favourite of Bev's and mine comes from the 1988 concert in San Sebastian. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=muAIhNW6YDw The camera is close on Leonard all through the song and he appears not to blink for nearly 4 minutes. Chilling! 4 thank you for t...
by AlanM
Sun Jul 30, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Hi Bev, You are doing a mighty job collating alternate lyrics. I have often wondered re their origin, i.e. were they considered and rejected before the studio recording? Did Leonard formulate them at some later time? I have often also wondered when he decided which version to sing - day(s) before th...
by AlanM
Sun Jul 30, 2017 10:32 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 296
Views: 11973

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Hi Vicky Why did you say that "A thousand years ago, when Leonard was someone one couldn't discuss with others"? Was that because not many knew of him or (G-d forbid), not many liked him, or something else? Sadly the reason was that the few that knew him rarely liked him. Thankfully nowadays more kn...

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