It was truly a lovely event, and I wished that you had been there. The concert was extraordinary. I did miss Whither thou goest at the end and the special blessings: found myself thinking, is that really it?? (Whither thou goest has always had a very special personal meaning for me, because I am a convert to Judaism, and those verses were the verses I read in synagogue the day I converted. It feels as though they really do reflect a piece of my life. The first time I heard it was at the Beacon: I had read about this song I was unfamiliar with, but as they began singing it, the meaning of the words began to penetrate and I began to weep.)
Having said that, it didn't matter, because it was truly a wonderful concert: aren't they all?
Leonard seemed so incredibly happy last night: just happy, light, celebratory. Of course he was all the other things he is as well, but the happiness seemed so profound last night.
OCTOBER 25, 2009
Leonard Cohen Played at MSG on Friday Night
And it was spectacular. Songs like "Bird on a Wire," "Suzanne" and "Everybody Knows" percolated throughout Madison Square Garden for several hours, as Cohen demonstrated that you can still rock out with hat head and sing about naked ladies at age 75. The crowd was composed of about 3/4 people over the age of 50, and to be honest, hanging out with the bubbies was a welcomed alternative to the madness of CMJ that was going on downtown.
Far too many aging performers make their later tours all about huge commercial production standards and vivid on-stage distractions (see: The Rolling Stones, U2), but Cohen's set is still tacked to the essence of his music and poetry. The biggest diversions on Friday were manifested by his appreciative interactions with his backup singers and musicians, and the occasional wild outburst by one of the AARP members in the crowd.
holydove wrote:Just wanted to mention that during Everybody Knows, when Leonard sang the line "from the bloody cross on top of Calvary. . .", he did the hand sing that we see in many paintings of Jesus, with 3 fingers pointing up and 2 fingers pointing down. I'm sorry I couldn't get my camera to work without the flash, and didn't want to disturb the performers by having the flash on. It would have made a perfect photo.
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