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by DBCohen
Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:51 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135616

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

The devastating news of Leonard’s passing hasn’t really sunk in yet. I read all the tributes on FB and the Forum, and couldn’t find words of my own. But when I saw that some people were still writing on this thread I was encouraged to rejoin; you are right, Joe, perhaps the best way to deal with our...
by DBCohen
Mon Nov 07, 2016 2:48 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135616

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

DBCohen I went through all the lyrics and tried to decide,looking at the vocabulary used, what each one was primarily 'about'. I came up with six categories - relationships, spirituality (this was the best term I could come up with for a variety of belief systems), addiction, music, ageing and one ...
by DBCohen
Sun Nov 06, 2016 3:50 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135616

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

DBCohen I know that what LC's lyrics are about is very subjective. But as part of the analysis for my forthcoming book, I counted everything and that's what I came up with. You are right that many of the lyrics deal with more than one subject area but only 20% are primarily spiritual. Many many mor...
by DBCohen
Sat Nov 05, 2016 3:40 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135616

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Joe, thanks, and I hope we can carry on (no need to rush). teresaq, I read your review with great interest although I can’t say I agree with everything you say; I’m not at all sure that you are right about the division of his past songs (80% relationship, 12% spirituality); in many cases these theme...
by DBCohen
Fri Nov 04, 2016 9:52 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135616

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Thanks, Joe, for your consideration and for your thoughts on the third song, “On The Level”; you presented it so aptly that I don’t have that much to add. As you said, this is a lighter song, relating to an old love, following two “heavier” ones on the struggles of faith (mainly). There are only a f...
by DBCohen
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:46 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135616

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Joe, thanks for your further thoughts on “Treaty”. It is no doubt a kind of dialogue, but not a friendly one (an argument, as you say). The need for a treaty indicates a state of belligerence; however, a treaty cannot be reached: “I wish there was…”. It may be possible to read the line “Only one of ...
by DBCohen
Sun Oct 30, 2016 3:05 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135616

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

I’ll try to convey some of my thoughts regarding the second song, “Treaty”. The music for it was written by LC himself (unlike the first song, credited to Patrick Leonard), and as already noted by some people before, the melody somewhat resembles “Anthem”, although the lyrics are dissimilar. My impr...
by DBCohen
Thu Oct 27, 2016 2:55 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135616

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Thank you Maarten and Joe for your kind words. Joe, I wonder if it is really necessary to start a new thread; my feeling is that although many people are captivated by the album, it might prove difficult to revive the spirit of the extensive discussion we had back then. The Forum has changed a lot i...
by DBCohen
Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135616

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

I feel obliged to contribute to the discussion of the new album, although it would have been better perhaps to take some more time to reflect on it. I thought I’d comment on the whole album at once, but it seems there is so much to say, so like Joe did - and I really admire his take on the concept o...
by DBCohen
Mon Oct 24, 2016 4:25 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 135616

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Way to go, Joe, and please keep them coming. I may also post something later on, but meanwhile just listening over and over again; it’s one helluva record.
by DBCohen
Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:04 pm
Forum: The Leonard Cohen Event in Amsterdam 2016 - before and after
Topic: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.
Replies: 18
Views: 7754

Re: Thank you, Amsterdam 2016.

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 beautifu...
by DBCohen
Sun Aug 07, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Yoshio Tanahashi has passed away
Replies: 9
Views: 2689

Re: Yoshio Tanahashi has passed away

I am really shocked by this sad news. My deepest condolences to Keiko.

Doron
by DBCohen
Wed Mar 16, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: "Book of Mercy" in Hebrew - translated by Doron
Replies: 17
Views: 9579

Re: "Book of Mercy" in Hebrew - translated by Doron

Thank you so much! Your contributions made it all possible, along with some others'. Those were exciting times...
by DBCohen
Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:27 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: "Book of Mercy" in Hebrew - translated by Doron
Replies: 17
Views: 9579

Re: "Book of Mercy" in Hebrew - translated by Doron

Thanks everyone for your kind wards.
by DBCohen
Wed Dec 23, 2015 5:39 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: "Book of Mercy" in Hebrew - translated by Doron
Replies: 17
Views: 9579

Re: "Book of Mercy" in Hebrew - translated by Doron

Thank you very much, Cate & John.

To LY24:
I have no knowledge about book publishing in China so I can't really give you any good advice. My only idea would be to try different publishers until you find one who is willing to publish the book. Good luck.

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