danf wrote:I did not see any of you, but I sorta lurked in the bar/food/merch area wondering if I'd run into a group and over hear. . .no such luck.
***** So sorry danf that you were not able to meet up with other forum members. I know you would have enjoyed it immensely.
it's like Cohen and his band are travelling the world providing musical and spiritual nourishment for the masses.
******How eloquently put danf. One of the best phrases in all the reviews I have read!
And then to run into a bunch of folks on the boat back to Bainbridge. . .
******So you finally met some other concert attendees? How did it go?
It's amazing, but they all seemed fresh and enthusiastic and fed off the audience's appreciation.
******You're so right. It's as if every concert is their first performance and they seem to give so much more (if that is possible) when audience reaction is on the exhuberant side.
. . . while Cohen stood in the dark, his hat over his head.
I walked across the street to our hotel, gushed to my husband about the night, then my precious little one in her sleep stretched her arms out around my neck, and happily said, "Mommy came back." and snuggled back down to sleep. What a magical and perfect ending to magical and perfect night.
The entire evening was perfect, but I would say the catharsis for many was If It Be Your Will. I was afraid to look around, embarassed at the tears in my eyes, but I'm sure mine were not the only damp eyes in the audience. Leonard spoke the first few lines, then those angelic Webb voices continued on. Leonard stood back, eyes closed, hat in hand and it was so moving I literally had to look away and try to think about something else to gain some back some measure of emotional control.
I've thought often about why I, and so many others, feel so connected to this man and his music. I realized in that moment that in the words to that song, in seeing him on stage, I was seeing the entire breadth and depth of the human experience played out in front of me. In that one song, you experienced his life, his journey - hope, longing, weakness, repentance, seeking, joy, and finally coming to terms with what we are, why we're here and finding peace with ourselves and whatever higher power we subscribe to.
For some, mostly artists it seems, they stay connected to the experience of youth - to going through the highs and lows of life with the same enthusisasm and willingness to experience the ride. But, it seems for most of us, we trade in the highs and lows to find "shelter". We are happy, even joyful, fulfilled, but we've constructed our lives to protect us from the pain, the uncertainty. And through people like Leonard, we can ride the ride once again. These few souls, who brave the uncertainty, who walk through the trials and can share their journeys - give us back the piece of ourselves we've traded in. And for those of us who lose that youthful connection between the spirit and the voice, his words give wings to our soul's voice and his music gives us a soft place to land.
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