Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

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Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby Henning » Tue Aug 16, 2016 2:52 pm

What a great event we had. Thank you Liesbeth, Willy and Wijbe. Wonderful goodies and perfect booklet, great location de Balie, best LC cover band "Avalanche Quartett" and so on. But also all the people who came to bring positive vibes and were prepared for interesting chats and good laughs. I had a fantastic time.
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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby Sideways » Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:39 am

Hello Sir, I am sorry we never met. You sound like a nice young man. It has always been my dream to attend one of these meetings. Hooray for Leonard. It would have been most nice for me also to have met Leonard Cohen. Lucky yous.
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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby jarkko » Wed Aug 17, 2016 11:58 am

We are back home now - after a very busy but fantastic week in Amsterdam.
Willy, Wijbe & Liesbeth had created a wonderful Event program.
Thanks to the Team for theír hard work, and to all old and new friends for making the Event unforgettable!!

We also want to thank Leonard and Robert Kory for sharing the complete new album with us, and Caryn Hanlon and Jamie Monteith at Sony who streamed the album live from Toronto.

Looking forward to seeing many of you next Summer on Hydra. The meetup will be scheduled - again - to the 2nd weekend in June - we will post more details in September. The mainland excursion will probably be on Thursday, so try to reserve Thursday-Sunday (both included) for the meetup if possible!

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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby Janetld » Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:11 pm

Dear all,

I would like to add my thanks too to the team and everyone else involved in any way that made it such an exceptional and special weekend.

So many, many special moments, we were truly spoiled.

I am looking forward to Hydra already.

Thanks all, Janet
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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby BEATRIZ SALLES » Wed Aug 17, 2016 1:50 pm

Back to ordinary life, already missing Amsterdam and the fantastic Event.
Willy, Wybe and Liesbeth did a fantastic job.
A surprise being able to listen to the new album, thanks Leonard for trusting us.
I wouldn't like to forget the Lageveen family, first of all for a great logo design and for a hard work at the registration desk all during the weekend.
Beatiful family Wybe and Willy, congratulations for this too!

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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby maphoner » Wed Aug 17, 2016 2:03 pm

I want to add my thanks to the organisers and to all who made this Event such a success.

I really enjoyed myself, but my enjoyment was enhanced by the fact that I was even able to attend in the first place!

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Postby Wybe » Wed Aug 17, 2016 4:43 pm

From Greg Ross on Facebook
Herewith a tale of the Amsterdam meet-up from one bloke's perspective.
This first night (for us - we missed the Early Birds Thursday eve hook-up), was superbly organised, Willy, Wybe and Liesbeth have put in a fabulous effort to make this a great weekend for all of us.
The evening got off to a smooth, musical start with a really terrific Canadian Jazz band, the Mallory Chipman Quartet and their interpretations of Leonard's songs, with Bird on a Wire a real stand-out, Mallory has a superb jazz voice and her fellow musos, led by guitarist Brett Hansen, lay magic accompaniments.
We then broke for drinks before the official opening by Patrick Leonard, co-composer of several Leonard Cohen songs, on recent albums such as Popular Problems, he's worked with many famous musos in the past, including people such as Madonna, Elton John, Rod Stewart and even Pink Floyd. As well as playing wonderful keyboards, he gave us some very thoughtful insights into Leonard's composing in a Q&A session, letting us into a 'secret' that a new album he and Leonard are working on leans towards classical orchestral, with tonal variations, but as always with Leonard, it's a long project.
The Webb Sisters sent a short very friendly welcome video, then we were treated to a stunning concert preview by Sharon Robinson, as she embarks on her delayed concert tour of Europe. She was rightly given a standing ovation when she came on stage and when she left. It has to be said, she is looking as beautiful and elegant as the music she writes and sings. I was astounded at how she looks and sounds. On the long haul tours, her voice has always been superb, but she often seemed almost tired, rarely smiled, sort of quietly quiet in the background - concentrating I guess. Whether stepping into centre stage has unleashed a new confidence, I have no idea, but this was a lady in full control, dazzling in musical artisanship and grace - as we all know, a fabulous songwriter in her own right. She reminded me of America's wonderfully elegant First Lady, Michelle Obama.
Totally unexpectedly, we were then given a further very special treat -a preview of Leonard's new album, due for release in October. I don't know of any other artist (and record label), who would be trusting enough to let fans hear an album before its release,a truly amazing token of affection from Leonard to us all. The album is very different and, on first hearing far darker than I expected. In some ways, i was shocked, the feel borders on apocalyptic, perhaps reflecting the pessimism many of us quietly feel about our world today and a u-turn from the funky, laid back feel of Popular Problems. It was almost Gandalf warning of dark doom coming from Mordor. It will be fascinating to visit the album in depth sitting at home with the sound system crystal clear and studying the lyrics.
To finish off the night, Lord Mickey of One gave an impromptu prize giving with some mad questions, with Laura taking off the prize of the White Cohen Clogs. We decided to head for our apartment just after midnight, in order to survive the next few days, a great start, with some wonderful friends, new and old. We loved it!
Saturday dawns ... and guess what? Yep, we missed it (the dawn) and the City Walk, Wybe and Willy have organised some great extra activities, such as guided walks around the city and even Zen Experiences, but the late nights are taking their toll, so we are missing the morning events "Nevermind,' as the master intones. Besides, Gery and Aad met us for lunch and took us on a walk before the meet-up got underway.
The afternoon started off with a lovely nostalgic movie Wybe had put together of the various Leonard Cohen events over the last decade, then we all moved into the theatre for the Open Mic session. I'd originally planned to stage a comedy routine (as something different) during the Open Mike sessions, but the last few months of ill health and the need to keep working, meant I simply had had no time to put into rehearsing and I didn't think there was any need for a very amateur piano player / singer to appear. However in discussions with Henning, I agreed to tell an impromptue tale, but back to the real artists -
The lovely, multi talented Claudia Rucker kicked off the sessions with her versions of I Came So Far For Beauty and Ballad of a Runaway Horse, must admit,if Claudia ever invited me to sing harmony / with her on a song or two, I'd find time to rehearse - put that ego back in the bag!
Next up was Jonesy, Alan made his debut appearance on Hydra last year, proving to be a bloody good talent and did so once again today, with his versions of Dance Me to The End of Love and First We Take Manhattan. Henning then introduced Rita Garland a raven haired lady from Ireland and that got funny - she smiled at Henning and said, "Actually I'm from Portugal, but I've lived in Ireland for a number of years." Henning grinned and replied, "That's OK with us too." Rita, on guitar, performed two beautiful songs, Queen Victoria and Bird On The Wire.
Then it was Henning's turn and making a grand entrance, complete with a fetching orange bag, Liverpool Ken finally showed up to catch Henning in action. Henning's set included two less often performed songs, Samson in New Orleans and My Oh My, they were bloody good. He then introduced Eddy Massa, who played (piano) and sung a stunning, version of The Window. I wondered whether Eddy and Maarten were related, turns out it's his dad, fantastic.
Next up was another very talented lady, Lydia Mentink, she also had her lawyer friend Adam Diels, a classically trained guitarist accompanying her and at one stage, her eldest daughter Tessa Pit, came on stage to sing. They did a great three track gig - Anthem, Story of Isaac and Suzanne, but there was a twist! This class trio were into the groove, when all hell break loose! Well, perhaps not quite Hell, but it was apparently hot in the kitchen - a dishwasher had one of those smokey nights, the alarms went off, we were all ordered out and the fire brigade turned up. Lots of excitement. I must say, the trouble Willy and Wybe went to in providing extra little bits of entertainment like this, was really appreciated, but I think they should have told the bar staff first!
Back on stage and back into the groove, they finished their set and Jurgen Lohse came on stage in fine form, giving us two great interpretations of There is a War and I'm Your Man. He prefaced There is a War, saying he really believed there was / is, sadly, as I passed through all the security checks on the way home to Australia, I'd have to agree. it never ceases to amaze me what talent there is amongst the forum fans.
Then a wild colonial boy ... boy?? I'm kidding myself! ... took centre stage. Ann was horrified when I'd told her a couple of hours earlier that I had no idea what I'd talk about, but something would come up. It did, I told the story of how I was driving for Greyhound out across the desert (the Nullarbor) in early 1985, when I first heard Leonard's Various Positions on the Walkman and headphones. It remains for me one of the most astounding and emotional reactions I've ever experienced with any album. I was astounded to find it's still emotional for me, tears welled in my eyes relating the tale. I had a Cohen moment and couldn't go on, probably much to everyone's relief. All jokes aside, Various Positions, for me, is Leonard's pivotal album. I didn't realise that Aad had recorded it, link herewith: https://youtu.be/GSOjp05QEUw
I stumbled off the stage to meet my wine - no, hang on, I had it with me! And the most amazing guy took to the stage, Roylin Ld Picou. Originally from Nor'lins (New Orleans (as dear friends Oscar and Susie De Soto once taught me to say), he now lives in Canada. He gave an astounding off the cuff rap poem centred around Leonard's music. I think Kim Solez has recorded it, I hope so, I can't really describe except to say it was refreshing to hear a different take on things, for a while I thought we were in a southern Baptist revival meeting, as we all chanted Hallelujah. Brilliant mate, very clever and it seems he was grateful for my rambling monologue, telling me it set the scene perfectly for his act.
Next up was Sue Fairbrother, bringing the recent passing of Marianne to the fore with an excellent rendition of So Long Marianne, Jurgen Lohse stepped in to assist, accompanying Sue on guitar and vocals, they finished the set singing Heart with no Companion.
Then the Swede in the room, one Janerik Lundquist took to stage, singing Leonard's songs in Swedish, I found it fascinating, though I know not a word of Swedish - well - Volvo, (we own a Volvo!), Scania and Saab, but you know what I mean. Janerik, really came alive when Rita Garland and Lydia Mentink joined him on stage for Take This Waltz, and he could put his guitar down. Suddenly the singer / actor was in his element, he'd seemed almost shy playing guitar by himself. I don't think he'll mind my saying that - he told me later he far prefers playing with his band.
Janerik assumed his quiet persona off stage and Claudia Rucker came on to play piano and sing Hey That's No Way to Say Goodbye. I hadn't had the opportunity to hear Claudia play keyboards before, she's excellent. Finally it was time for a completely unrehearsed ending, everybody who had played or sung on stage was asked to come up and so we witnessed what I immediately named the Band of Lonesome Heroes Choir doing Sisters of Mercy. What an effort, what a time it was,a fun great way to end the Open Mic Session.
We broke for bread and wine ... oh alright Ann, beer too! Wylly and Wybe had organised a video of Meet-up highlights from 2002 through to 2015, but hunger and thirst saw us disgracefully miss this, apologies! However we were seated and ready for Francis Mus and his discussion on his recent book, The Demons of Leonard Cohen. It's a Dutch publication, so there was no point in me buying it, however it was an intelligent thoughtful analysis of Cohen's life and work, from the point of view of another poet (Francis). it was also interesting, in that he interspersed talking points with Cohen songs sung and played by Sophia Ammann. She was sheer quality in both guitar and voice, in particular, I really loved her crystal clear So Long Marianne, with the iconic photo of Marianne in that chair, in its way, this was the event's final farewell to our Lady of the Song.
Then came Avalanche Quartet.
Now I've seen a number of professional Leonard Cohen 'cover bands / groups over the years and until now Yaron Hallis and his Monsieur Camembert have appealed to me the most, (I now look forward very much to seeing Janerik's group in action - I've yet to play Janerik's CD but will later this morn). Suffice to say, Avalanche Quartet took things to an entirely different level, to write I was astounded, is to say the least. Quite simply they were brilliant. The group was put together by Henk Hofstede in 2007 and they regularly tour Europe. The group members, all on vocals, are Pim Kops on keyboards, bongos, tin whistles, anything really, a great muso! Marjolein van der Klauw, on guitar, Henk Hofstede, guitar and Arwen Linnemann, double bass. They were sheer class and if you will indulge me, with Marjolein and Arwen, in terms of voice and instrument ability, I did indeed feel I had come so far for beauty. Henk's voice is eerily reminiscent of a very early Leonard Cohen, I have a preference for Cohen's deeper 'God Voice' - that whiskey, wine and cigarette tone of burden and must admit to thinking I'd like to hear Janerik fronting the group, which is not to take away from Henk in any way, he had a lovely persona and gentle self deprecating humour, it's just a matter of personal taste. They gave an incredible long set, seemingly knowing every song in Leonard's book of love and loss, a musical tour de force!
Sunday morning, the last day of of our Amsterdam event and yep, you guessed it, we missed the morning! I am not sure if the morning missed us, but we were at Debaile in time for the Famous Blue Boat tour - clever Wybe and Willy, clever, as was the little plastic Famous Blue Raincoats in our bag of goodies. I thought I would photograph as many non-Ascetic Amsterdam attendees as possible and I quickly realised, more often than not, I didn't know the names of the lovely people I was taking snaps of, so, it's one of the reasons I've made this album public, so you can Tag yourself in a pic, or add a comment to a pic, saying, "This is so and so etc," I would welcome the help and I'll then add the names to the photos. Also if anybody has any photos of Ann and me together, we would be very grateful to have them. But back to boats.
The Famous Blue Boat Tour was indeed on a blue boat, two in fact, our group was so large. A couple of years back, Ann and I spent an entire day and some of the night, doing Amsterdam canal boat tours, but there is something so lovely about the canals, we couldn't wait to 'do it all again', and this time together with Cohenites from across the world. Although I must admit finding out the boat was a 'Dry Ship' was momentarily disconcerting! - Ann comforted me until the panic was gathered safely in. What a fabulous relaxed afternoon.
Back on dry land - hmm - is there such a thing on Amsterdam delta land? - there must be, we crossed and went under several bridges! With our dear friends, Gery and Aad, we propped at a bar across from the Hard Rock Cafe, where we were jointly fascinated by the tattoos on the back of the legs of one waitress - can I still say that - Waitress? Or should I say 'Waitperson?' Well, I guess there's no sense in being politically correct when you're photographing the naked legs of a young lady!
7.30pm rolled in, fed, watered - well - wined, yes Ann, beered, we ambled back to Debaile and the night came in. More wine - I do like the carafe system Debaile have for wine drinkers like me, saves going back to the bar every two minutes! We headed downstairs for the next programme event, The Prayers of Leonard Cohen: If It Be Your Will, presented by Doron Cohen, but we were taken aback by the change in room set-up, especially the small number of seats, immediately thinking, "Ah, this must have been a 'pre-booked' event" and of course we hadn't pre-booked it., so we did the only thing possible and retreated back to the bar, empty carafe in my hand. it seemed a number of others had thought the same thing.
By the third wine - some three minutes later, it suddenly occurred to me that the paucity of chairs in the room was due to the need for a dance floor and band stage later in the night and we decided to go back down, a decision I will be eternally grateful for.
Although a Sunday evening serious lecture ain't necessarily easy after several days and nights - well, mostly nights, but you know what I mean! - of food, wine and song, however for me, Doron's presentation was a highlight of the event. As I wrote earlier, Cohen's Various Positions is my all time favourite Cohen album. The songs astound me and leave me breathless to this day, the hair still raises on my arms, the lyrics inevitably appear to almost absorb through my skin into the very heart. I am not religious, though brought up as an Anglican, but I classify myself as a Relapsed Agnostic (a wonderful term I stole from the fantastic Irish entertainer Dave Allen) - as Leonard says, "I love the country but I can't stand the scene."
Doron's discussion dove deep into the fascinating mix of Judaism and Christianity in Leonard's work and he painstakingly analysed certain Cohen's lyrics, matching them with biblical text. I was rivited - without my noticing, Ann took a pic of me sitting on the floor (no, I have no idea how I got back up again!) wrapped in what Doron was saying. He finished with Leonard's If It Be Your Will and for the second time in two days, I was drawn back to that moment so many years ago, when seemingly the voice of God thundered through my earphones, the song playing on my Walkman, as I sped across the vast Australian outback.
Lecture over, but I held the thought. It was party time, dance and Sixties music with Huub, Henk, Harrie and Herman taking to the stage, but my mind was still reeling from Doron's address, I need to reflect and to talk with others. We went back upstairs, finding others were of a similar mindset. The bar staff at Debaile were once again delightfully obliging, opening up the lounge for us to sit and talk and laugh about it all again.
Jurgen sat at a table with his guitar and within minutes, Cohenites were sitting, standing,even leaning in darkened doorways, singing along. Janerik joined in, the wine flowed and it was like being at Nicholas's Cafe Roloi on Hydra in the wee small hours.
All the while, hovering over our heads, was the thought of closing time - the end of festivities was drawing near, time to give deserved thanks to Willy, Wybe and Liesbeth. Back down the stairs to the dance room where the H Team were breaking sound barriers, giving Closing Time a distinct hard rock feel.
The three of them took to stage, thanking everyone for attending, making us all laugh, explaining that A. They needed a rest, B. They had no idea how no idea how their marriage had survived the stress of the last two years of setting it all up, C. Without Liesbeth's help, it all would have been impossible!
They then called the lovely Eva Martonyi up on stage, as the new Keeper of the Key, announcing to us all that Eva would be hosting the next event, (2017) in Budapest. We had talked with Eva about the Hungarian event earlier in the day on the boat trip, I was ecstatic, only a week or two before, Ann and I had been discussing when we would go to Budapest and now it's all been decided for me! Wonderful, can't wait!
Finally, it was given to some Irish cove - an Albert Noonan, some of you may know of this famous video producer? - to give our grateful thanks to Willy and Wybe for a truly marvellous weekend.
A few more songs, some last goodbyes and it was time to go back, go back to the world. Thank you to everyone for the friendship, fun and camaraderie, thank you as always to Jarkko, then there's the man himself, without whose music and lyrics, none of this would be, finally thanks to my wife Ann for loving, while sometimes cringing at the activities of her lunatic husband.
Postscript: I've just put the event sticker on the window of our car and Ann tells me she's booked accommodation on Hydra for next year!
Thanks for your report Greg,
Wybe
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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby mutti » Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:09 pm

Thank you Willy, Wybe & Lisbeth and all the others who organized such a great event. It was my first one I attended as in the past I was saving my money to only go to see Leonard in concert. I decided this time as Leonard is not touring to go to see all the friends I made over the years from the forum and concerts and to experience an event firsthand.
I am so glad I made the journey from the Pacific Northwest coast in the US to Amsterdam. I have family there and used to live in Amsterdam in the early 70's so that was all included in my journey. I also spent 6 days in Dublin with Marie & Albert on my way to the event.
It was super great to meet people I knew and had not seen in a few years and to also finally meet some I only knew virtually on the forum or on Facebook. It really was a special time!
I found out there were people there I did not even know were there that I would have loved to say hello to so I apologize for not finding you.
The events were really well planned and very full and interesting. Others have mentioned them above and for me seeing Sharon R, the Avalanche Quartet,The open Mic singers, and the talks were all special. I especially liked Francis Mus but unfortunately did not get to hear Doron Cohen so hope it will be online.
At one point there was a chorus from the back rows leading into the whole audience chanting "we want more we want more" then "one more song, one more song" for the Avalanche Quartet. The name of the man who started this thunderous chant will remain unnamed at this time.
A big thank you to Leonard and Robert for the gift of letting us hear the new album. It was the highlight for me! I loved it and can hardly wait to hear it again when it is for sale. Leonard your presence was felt
throughout the whole event of course and I send you lots of love & blessings and thank you again...
Jarkko & Eija thank you for the forum. It was great seeing you once again.
I just arrived home yesterday and the sweet memories will linger on for quite some time.
Love from Leslie PY 8)
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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby holydove » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:39 pm

A big thank you to Willy, Wybe & Liesbeth for all your hard work & dedication - well done!! All the events were excellently planned & executed.

Like Leslie, this was the first event I attended because I was always saving my travelling money & energy for concerts. For months, I felt rather conflicted about making the journey across the Atlantic to Amsterdam, but I guess there were voices (both internal & external) that told me to just go, & I am very grateful for those voices. Reconnecting with so many great people that I met during the tours really highlighted the truly special & unique bond of love that we have with each other, arisen out of our love for Leonard. So yes, Leonard was present & his presence could be felt in that special connection of the heart that exists between all of us.

I want to add my gratitude to Leonard Cohen & Robert Kory for letting us hear the new album - that was an incredibly huge treat & a totally delightful surprise!! I immediately loved every second of every song on that album - it is filled with many precious gems, & I eagerly look forward to having that album in my hands so that I can listen to it again & again, & focus & contemplate & savor every brilliant detail of it.

I also thank Sharon Robinson & the Avalanche Quartet for honoring us with their beautiful performances. Unfortunately, the night of the Avalanche Quartet, I was too jet-lagged to stay for the whole thing, & had to leave at the intermission, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first set; I wonder if the performance was recorded, but I kind of doubt it. . .still, I'm grateful for what I was able to hear.

I also enjoyed the presentation by Francis Mus & Sophia Ammann, as well as the talk given by the very gracious & brilliant Doron Cohen - it was all very interesting & enlightening - thank you!! And thank you to Patrick Leonard, who was kind enough to grace us with his presence & gave a beautiful presentation, including musical performances & some delicious bits of info regarding his collaborations with Leonard - very much appreciated!

As I told Jarkko, now I understand why people go to these things! The whole thing was a very moving, enriching, fantastic experience that I am so grateful for, & that I will always cherish. It was absolutely worth every agonizing minute (as well as the not-so-agonizing minutes) of the journey across the Atlantic! Thank you to all who were involved in making it happen, & thank you to all the friends, old & new, who also made various kinds of journeys to be there - it is really a privilege to be able to call you friends.
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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby joyezekiel » Thu Aug 18, 2016 9:59 am

Well I echo all the sentiments expressed above! It was indeed a very successful and enjoyable event, and I would like to add my heartfelt thanks to Willy, Wybe, and Liesbeth for all their hard work and dedication. It was a perfect mix of lightheartedness and levity, and of course we enjoyed so many special treats!

I'm currently en-route back to Houston and already looking forward to seeing everyone again next year on Hydra!

Love to you all,
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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby birminghamfan » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:48 pm

A big thank you to Liesbeth , Willy and Wijbe for all their hard work organising the Event ! Amsterdam is always an enjoyable city , and Amsterdam and Leonard was an unbeatable combination Thanks again , and Hydra beckons ...

Very best wishes , Steve
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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby DBCohen » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:04 pm

We had a great time in Amsterdam. Thanks so much to the organizers for their hard work.

On top of the pleasure of meeting many old friends and getting to know some new ones, there were many memorable moments on the program; for me the three highlights were hearing Sharon Robinson singing so beautifully, listening to LC's new album, and the concert by the wonderful Avalanche Quartet. These and other fine memories will sustain me until our next gathering. Good luck to the organizers of the Budapest Event!

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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby Joe Way » Fri Aug 19, 2016 12:46 am

I also echo everyone's enthusiastic praise for this wonderful event. Thank you to many people, but of course, Liesbeth, Willy & Wijbe! It makes me very proud to be a Cohen fan to see the warm, heartfelt embrace of so many friends, old and new gathering around work of this extraordinary man. I hesitate to mention favorites but like others, Sharon's wonderful concert, the listening to the new album, the open mic sessions and all the excellent musicians who performed were highlights.

Anne and I are now just arrived in Copenhagen for a few days and we have tickets to see Sharon at the Bremer Teater on Monday night so the delight continues.

If we failed to greet anyone in Amsterdam, please forgive us, we love you all!

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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby harald » Fri Aug 19, 2016 4:29 pm

Thank You, Lisbeth and Willy and Wybe!
We had a wonderful long weekend packed with true highlihts.
It was great to meet all the old and new friends. Sorry I could not talk to everyone.
You know, I am no good in saying goodbye. See you down the road.

And thanks, Greg, for your event report. Comprehensive and thoughtful and witty, a truly enjoyable read.
(I intended to do one myself again, but lacked inspiration somehow. So I´m really grateful you took the load off me.)
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Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

Postby Stranger » Sat Aug 20, 2016 2:49 pm

Dear Wybe, Willy and Liesbeth, many many thanks and appreciation for a wonderful event. As this was the first one I ever attended I have no material to compare it with, but it was so good that it made me want for more, so I hope to attend many more gatherings and events in the future. Tot ziens!
" ........... if one can describe as serious the confused comedy of our lives". Graham Greene, "The Comedians".

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