I Can’t Make the Hills

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I Can’t Make the Hills

Postby anneporter » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:13 pm

https://www.dropbox.com/s/syaxy3gvjk41m ... g.mov?dl=0

With all the buzz about Cohen week in Montreal these days, I have been listening to all the songs again. I am especially drawn to “Lenny on the Radio”, a CD of rarities and live tracks very graciously given to me by Ken Forsyth at the Hydra meetup in 2009.

I realized not everyone has heard the Book of Longing outtake “Can’t Make the Hills”. I love this poem and this version. I read it last year at my brother Johnny’s funeral. He loved it too but he preferred the Philip Glass version.

I’ll never forget the first time I heard it- it seemed to float magically out of the air and water as I gazed at the sea at Castillo on a perfect evening, surrounded by newfound friends.
Thanks, Ken! :D
I have attached a video of the song with photos of Cohen’s first Holy Heart Theatre concert way back in the heady excitement of the eastern Canada pretour...
I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.


I am glad I spent a couple of days in Montreal in July to prepare me for November. I was completely swept away by a flood of grief as soon as I set foot on the corner of Sherbrooke and Saint Laurent, grief for Leonard, which I was expecting, but also for my brother who loved Montreal and lived there years ago. https://www.dropbox.com/s/fygksj6swwyr7 ... 9.png?dl=0
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Re: I Can’t Make the Hills

Postby anneporter » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:25 pm

https://www.dropbox.com/s/b1sek654w98ip ... 9.mov?dl=0

Another video from Ken Forsyth’s “Lenny on the Radio” compilation:
an early version of Lullaby. I like the words and arrangement better than the version eventually released.

Recorded in Grande Prairie, Texas * in 2009. Photo by Alexandra Fox.
* thanks Lisa
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Re: I Can’t Make the Hills

Postby 199Dan » Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:36 pm

The personal stories of how L Cohen entered and became part of all our lives are what makes its a great community.
Thank you .
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Re: I Can’t Make the Hills

Postby HugoD » Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:02 pm

Thanks for sharing!
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