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by DBCohen
Tue Mar 14, 2017 2:23 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 189745

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Diane, What a great effort on your side, and very interesting and illuminating. Alas, I find myself in the awkward position of not finding an appropriate rejoinder. I’ll need more time to consider the wider picture, so I’m only offering one or two slight points. One of the problems with the New Test...
by DBCohen
Sun Mar 12, 2017 2:43 am
Forum: News
Topic: New book about the lyrics
Replies: 17
Views: 5438

Re: New book about the lyrics

Death in the songs is not exclusively related with ageing, because there are also various other incidents of death or hints to it, for example, “Joan Of Arc”, “A Bunch Of Lonesome Heroes”, “Seems So Long Ago, Nancy” etc. So the subject is more wide and deep.
by DBCohen
Wed Mar 08, 2017 3:48 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 189745

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

I’ve been away from this thread for a while because I was absorbed in writing my review on Teresa Quayle’s book on LC’s lyrics which Jarkko has now posted on Analysis page of the Files , but I enjoyed reading everybody’s recent contributions. vickiwoodyard’s quote reminded me of the long exchanges o...
by DBCohen
Tue Mar 07, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: News
Topic: New book about the lyrics
Replies: 17
Views: 5438

Re: New book about the lyrics

Teresa, I appreciate the difficulty in finding a publisher by a first-time author, but I thought that with the mounting popularity of LC in recent years it might not prove impossible to find a publisher interested in a study of his work. I’m sorry it didn’t work out for you. As for the other matters...
by DBCohen
Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:50 am
Forum: News
Topic: New book about the lyrics
Replies: 17
Views: 5438

Re: New book about the lyrics

Thanks, Jarkko, for posting my review on the Files . The bottom line: I found Teresa Quayle’s book to be valuable and interesting in some respect, but I also could not help criticizing various aspects of it. This is a somewhat strange case when a reviewer (this one, at least) can’t give a simple ans...
by DBCohen
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 189745

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Diane, Thanks for your thoughts and for the quote from Eliot. Your quoting of it in the context of “Steer Your Way” is very inspired and it brings on many thoughts. However, it also took me in a different direction. Reading the last line of the poem it occurred to me that in my analysis of “The Wind...
by DBCohen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 189745

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Mat, Thank you for this meditation on “light”, mostly as the contrast to “darkness”, but I would like to add something about “lightness” in “Traveling Light”, although in this song both meanings of the noun occur, as discussed on p. 11 above. The first meaning occurs often in LC’s songs, but the sec...
by DBCohen
Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 189745

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

mat james wrote:
Wow! Where have I been?
I was wondering the same thing... Welcome back, Mat.
by DBCohen
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 189745

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Violet, Thank you very much for all your effort. The association to Gauguin’s painting is very compelling. Another association for the “yellow sign” at the end of the poem is to the one Jews were forced to ware by the Nazis (and in some places in Europe already in Medieval times); allusions to the H...
by DBCohen
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: Help - photos of LC from the Yom Kippur war
Replies: 22
Views: 14690

Re: Help - photos of LC from the Yom Kippur war

508.jpg I came upon this photo of LC during the 1973 Yom Kippur War which I don't remember seeing before. Here he is playing with Israeli musician Matti Caspi (who is seen with him also in some of the photos already posted above), against the background of some military vehicles, probably in the Si...
by DBCohen
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 189745

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Violet, Thanks for the impressive image. To your question, I believe that the first mention of Jesus in LC’s work is in the major poem, which also contains the title of the book in which it appeared, “For Wilf And His House”, in Let Us Compare Mythologies (it’s the second poem in the book, p. 16). I...
by DBCohen
Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: A Paul Muldoon poem in Memory of LC
Replies: 13
Views: 5188

Re: A Paul Muldoon poem in Memory of LC

There haven’t been many responses to this poem here, which is perhaps not surprising considering its length and difficulty. I had to read it several times and look up several terms before I could make heads or tails of it. Paul Muldoon seems to offer many private associations while moving from one t...
by DBCohen
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: A Paul Muldoon poem in Memory of LC
Replies: 13
Views: 5188

A Paul Muldoon poem in Memory of LC

Irish poet Paul Muldoon published the following poem in the January 19, 2017 issue of The New York Review of Books : Superior Aloeswood Paul Muldoon In memory of Leonard Cohen I light a stick of Superior Aloeswood from the box you gave me on South Tremaine when last I visited. You’d conducted us thr...
by DBCohen
Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 189745

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Joe, like you, coming back here after a while I found that Diane and others have already said what fundamentally has to be said about this very impressive song, Steer Your Way, for which LC wrote the music as well as the lyrics and which cannot be separated, it seems, from its distinct violin accomp...
by DBCohen
Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 189745

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Joe & All,

I too will be preoccupied the coming weeks, but hope to rejoin the discussion next month. Happy holidays,

Doron

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