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by Jean Fournell
Thu Sep 10, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 765
Views: 145733

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

Well Vickie, our teachers are equines. This rather special kind of discipline is not easily understood from the outside. ● how would you translate "philosophy" How would I translate one single word with no context! (Not even as much as specifying the source language.) How would you translate the wor...
by Jean Fournell
Wed Sep 09, 2020 11:44 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 765
Views: 145733

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

In English, "lover" of wisdom sounds Ok. The scope covered by the term is vast enough. In French, "amant" instead of "ami" would be more than weird. In German, "Liebhaber" instead of "Freund" might be possible, but I never saw it. And no, I didn't make up the translation "philos — friend" either. Th...
by Jean Fournell
Wed Sep 09, 2020 7:26 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 765
Views: 145733

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

Bev, I agree that when one journalist comes up with a handy label (for any notion), others are prone to eagerly pick it up. The "break-up song" at hand is neither too ludicrous nor too esoteric, and they can always claim that this "in between" is not mediocrity but The Middle Way. Who then is going ...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Sep 05, 2020 7:02 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 765
Views: 145733

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

Vickie, I'm afraid that in the context of "Hallelujah" the label "a break-up song" just doesn't mean anything at all. Journalists are not paid for the blank page, and so they have to write something, anything, in order to make a living. One of the basic ideas is, "If you've got nothing to say, make ...
by Jean Fournell
Thu Aug 20, 2020 3:56 pm
Forum: Thanks for the Dance
Topic: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART
Replies: 102
Views: 106528

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Hello esha, and welcome to the forum! Short of giving an exhaustive answer to your questions, let me try at least to develop a few aspects: There’s a mist of summer kisses Where I tried to double-park The rivalry was vicious And the women were in charge "to double-park" — here's what Merriam-Webster...
by Jean Fournell
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 808
Views: 97957

Re: never-ending gallery

Introspection is no less of a problem than other human enterprises... I believe that there are far greater problems that some humans face than an attempt at self-awareness. ;-) I agree, obviously. But then I think that — in most cases — hunger, disease, old age, and death are not exactly "human ent...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 808
Views: 97957

Re: never-ending gallery

Hello Lisa, please be reassured! My link was not aimed at anyone, it was just an association. Georges Brassens wrote this song as a reaction to suggestions that he might become more famous (and make more money) if he got himself involved in a few scandals. According to what I read here and there — a...
by Jean Fournell
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 765
Views: 145733

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

Its4inthemorning, I'm glad you added this update to the first part of your essay: Edit 2/7/20: I was leafing through Sylvie's "I'm Your Man" and see that I should have offered thanks to Rob Hallet as well as to Robert Kory for being instrumental in Leonard's decision to tour again; Hallet, a promine...
by Jean Fournell
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 808
Views: 97957

Re: never-ending gallery

I agree,Geoffrey. Prompted by the Corona panic, this morning I ordered an English translation of Jean Giono's "Le Hussard sur le toit". In this novel, the panic reactions to the 1832 cholera epidemic here in Provence play an important part. If the translation is worth reading (the original is !), I'...
by Jean Fournell
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Thanks for the Dance
Topic: Happens to the Heart - song and video released
Replies: 51
Views: 22179

Re: Happens to the Heart - song and video released

"go tell the young Messiah." Here I'm sorry, but I must disagree. There is an important typo in that quote. This is what the poem says in S1L5-8: Sure it failed my little fire But it's bright the dying spark Go tell the young messiah What happens to the heart And this is what it says in the end, st...
by Jean Fournell
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Thanks for the Dance
Topic: Happens to the Heart - song and video released
Replies: 51
Views: 22179

Re: Happens to the Heart - song and video released

would you prefer that I just ask some questions that I think can demonstrate that you are quite capable of understanding it’s meaning using your own thinking It should be fascinating to witness your maieutics, O Socrates. As for understanding, it being meaning (la compréhension c'est (de) la signif...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Live performances & YouTube clips
Topic: "Joan of Arc": 1971, 1993, and 2012
Replies: 2
Views: 1219

Re: "Joan of Arc": 1971, 1993, and 2012

On 2nd December 2012, Soundcheck, Québec City, Canada, he has:

No man to keep her armour bright,
no moon to get her through this dark, this very smoky night


Released on "Can't Forget", 2015.

In case you're interested in my little comment:
https://leonardcohenforum.com/viewtopic ... 11&t=36018
by Jean Fournell
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 765
Views: 145733

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

Hey, that's a lot of input! Good thoughts, the two of you! For my part, I'm wandering off into details quite a bit, so my contribution (at least for now) is somewhat meagre. Here's what I can come up with so far: ● I'm struck by the 3 + 1 quality of the album — feels to me as though the previous thr...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: The Heart Sutra
Replies: 0
Views: 2957

The Heart Sutra

The Heart (of Wisdom) Sutra In zen practice, the Heart Sutra is considered the most important text. It is chanted after each meditation. The term "heart", in this context, should be understood as in Leonard Cohen's "The Stranger Song": Please understand, I never had a secret chart to get me to the ...

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