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by DBCohen
Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:38 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Vicky, You are absolutely right in that LC’s words, music and voice speak directly to our hearts, and that we experience his as a private voice speaking to us and for us. Nothing can take away this deep-rooted attachment. The need some of us feel to also analyze his work does not contradict that bas...
by DBCohen
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Joe, Welcome back. Thank you for pointing out the choir in “It Seemed The Better Way”; I also mentioned its beauty, but did not relate to the fact, which seems ironic, that the synagogue choir is featured on a song with such outstanding Christian motifs. But as you pointed out, in his childhood LC w...
by DBCohen
Sat Dec 10, 2016 10:20 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Marsha, Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I’m still not convinced. The article linked by Violet is very convincing in showing LC’s loyalty to Roshi till the end. He often said that what had drawn him to Zen was mainly Roshi’s personality, and I don’t think he wavered on that. Violet, Th...
by DBCohen
Thu Dec 08, 2016 5:38 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Some amazing activity has been going on here the past few days and it would be impossible to relate to it all without spending hours at the keyboard, which unfortunately I can’t afford to do. But I did read and reflect on it all; there seems to be a fruitful dialogue going on between Diane and Jean,...
by DBCohen
Mon Dec 05, 2016 3:00 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

I’ve been away from the Forum the past two weeks (busy, busy) and today enjoyed reading the postings accumulated since then. We still have three tracks to relate to, so I thought I’d start with the next one, “It Seemed The Better Way”. I said earlier how much I love the arrangement on the previous t...
by DBCohen
Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:33 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

I feel the need to apologize for not responding to the recent postings, being extremely busy and trying to keep up with all – or at least part – of the material about LC constantly coming out on various media. As I expect to be even busier the coming week I’ll say just a few words now, hoping to kee...
by DBCohen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:43 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: Help finding poem title, may be in Selected Poems 1956-68
Replies: 2
Views: 3105

Re: Help finding poem title, may be in Selected Poems 1956-68

The title is verified (pp. 221-222 in the book).
by DBCohen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:31 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: ‘Book of Mercy’ interview in Edmonton 1984
Replies: 1
Views: 2661

Re: ‘Book of Mercy’ interview in Edmonton 1984

Thank you very much Elliott and Jarkko for sharing this. Most of what he said here is familiar from other interviews he was giving at the time, but it is such a pleasure listening to him talking about Book of Mercy and everything else.
by DBCohen
Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:26 am
Forum: News
Topic: Rabbi Lord J. Sacks on LC & Darker Song
Replies: 3
Views: 1973

Re: Rabbi Lord J. Sacks on LC & Darker Song

Thanks, holydove; this was meaningful and touching.
by DBCohen
Fri Nov 18, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

I feel like moving on to the next track (other discussions can go on simultaneously, I believe). I don’t know if a vinyl version of the album was (or will be) released, but “Traveling Light” would most probably open its “B Side”, which as a whole has a somewhat different feeling than the “A side”. I...
by DBCohen
Tue Nov 15, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Good seeing you here, Diane (“And one by one…”). I’m afraid I can’t contribute anything meaningful today, only wishing to stay in touch.
by DBCohen
Mon Nov 14, 2016 11:32 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

abby, Are we really blameless? I think LC had a strong consciousness of sin, in spite of his being aware that the system was broken. Joe, I admire the way you introduced “If I Didn’t Have Your Love” (on the previous page), including your idea that this song may be the “manual of living with defeat” ...
by DBCohen
Sun Nov 13, 2016 7:56 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Dear Joe, Thank you so much for posting Leonard’s email to Geoffrey; it shows, among other things, how consistent LC was in his views over the years. In this case he expresses what he learned from the Jewish Kabbalah, ideas that were manifest in BoM and even before. Among them were the ideas that Go...
by DBCohen
Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:38 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Stuart84, I agree with your comments with all my heart. Joe, Thanks for introducing “Leaving The Table” (two pages back) with such a fine introduction, quoting from Leon Edel and Yeats. You also related to the music and the arrangement, which I also find very compelling, especially the electric guit...
by DBCohen
Sat Nov 12, 2016 10:06 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135734

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

One more thing; Allan Showalter posted this on his website a few days ago: While reviews of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker album continue to be published by newspapers, music journals, blogs, and broadcast media (as of today, Info & Updates: Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker lists more than 150...

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