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by commonweal
Thu Jul 17, 2008 10:57 am
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: CONCERT REPORT: Edinburgh (July 16)
Replies: 73
Views: 57718

Re: Edinburgh July 16th

At its best last night's concert in Edinburgh was again stunning. The sound quality, the energy of the band, Leonard's evident enjoyment, and the crowd were all top notch. But the venue was not great. Great views, for sure, and the Castle is evocative and all that, but from where I was sitting (in f...
by commonweal
Thu Jul 17, 2008 2:43 am
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: All the SETLISTS (Summer 2008 Tour)
Replies: 90
Views: 100939

Re: All the SETLISTS (and nothing else!)

Set list from Edinburgh, 16 July 2008 Dance me to the end of love The future Ain't no cure for love Bird on the wire (awesome version - the band absolutely nailed it) Everybody knows In my secret life Who by fire? Hey, that's no way to say goodbye Anthem Tower of song Suzanne Boogie street Halleluja...
by commonweal
Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:31 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: What is your favourite Cohen CD?
Replies: 36
Views: 7978

Re: What is your favourite Cohen CD?

In the Sunday Herald piece on LC last weekend (it's a Scottish newspaper), it was reported that LC considers New Skin for the Old Ceremony his best album. Whether this is reliable reporting or not I have no idea. I'm not sure that the appearance or non-appearance of songs on his present tour should ...
by commonweal
Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:22 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: boogie street - lyrics meaning
Replies: 4
Views: 20169

Re: boogie street - lyrics meaning

Perhaps Boogie Street represents engagement with the world (i.e., the commercial world), as opposed to escape from it (as on Hydra or at Mount Baldy)?
by commonweal
Mon Jul 14, 2008 3:10 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: CONCERT REPORT: Edinburgh (July 16)
Replies: 73
Views: 57718

Re: Edinburgh July 16th

Altass, My ticket for Edinburgh says that gates open at 7pm and that LC will be on stage at 8pm. As far as I know there is no warm-up act. I can't help you with parking, I'm afraid -- from where I live I always take the train to Edinburgh -- but my sense is that street parking anywhere near the cent...
by commonweal
Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:38 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: Edinburgh Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 3117

Re: Edinburgh Help!

Rhona -- another thought that, like my last one apparently, addresses your "exam question" from a tangent so indirect it may be missed by some of our friends here :roll: . On the Big Chill thread elsewhere on these page it says that the Big Chill festival is ... wait for it ... "family friendly". Wh...
by commonweal
Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:11 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: Edinburgh Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 3117

Re: Edinburgh Help!

I know what you mean.

Listen, I'll be at Edinburgh. If you decide to come, let me know. We can shop for Leonard Cohen baby gifts. Or have a beer.

I hope your baby sleeps as soundly to Who by Fire and Bird on the Wire as my seven-month old does.

Enjoy.
by commonweal
Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:08 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: Edinburgh Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 3117

Re: Edinburgh Help!

Hmm... "...we don't like children anyhow..." ... Peronally, I cannot see (or hear) what harm a *sleeping* baby would do at an open-air outdoor concert with thousands of probably not entirely sober Scottish and other LC fans no doubt singing not quite in tune, but c'est la vie. Rhona -- Edinburgh won...
by commonweal
Wed Jul 02, 2008 8:26 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: Edinburgh Help!
Replies: 15
Views: 3117

Re: Edinburgh Help!

I have two small children. The older one, when he was five months old, slept his way through anything. I could have taken him at that age to a Leonard Cohen concert confident that he would have disturbed no-one. Alas, I cannot say the same of the younger one.... If your baby is a good evening sleepe...
by commonweal
Fri Jun 20, 2008 11:42 am
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: How to make great show even better?
Replies: 11
Views: 2650

Re: How to make great show even better?

Recruit a violinist? I was worried about the absence of one (whatever happened to Ms Wu, does anybody know?) but, as it turned out, I needn't have been, not even for Dance me to the end of love or The gipsy's wife. The solutions the band landed on to solve the no-violin puzzle were superb. All that ...
by commonweal
Thu Jun 19, 2008 11:57 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: Big Chill - Lift from the North
Replies: 0
Views: 674

Big Chill - Lift from the North

I will be driving from Glasgow to the Big Chill Festival, aiming to to leave Glasgow during the afternoon of Fri 1 Aug. I have spare seats in the car. If anyone wants a lift and is more or less en route for me, let me know. For the way back I've not yet decided if I'll leave on Sunday night (after L...
by commonweal
Thu Jun 19, 2008 7:49 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: CONCERT REPORTS: Manchester, UK (June 17, 18, 19 and 20)
Replies: 197
Views: 110141

Re: Manchester, UK (June 17-20)

Manchester, 17 June - a personal impression. A day and a half is hardly enough time to let an experience such as Tuesday night's even begin to sink in or take hold, but here are some first impressions. What is still resonating most in my mind's ear is the sheer quality of the sound. The musicians th...
by commonweal
Thu Apr 03, 2008 1:10 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Worst ever LC tracks
Replies: 69
Views: 15789

Re: Worst ever LC tracks

Somewhere on this site there was a thread a little while ago asking whether Songs of Love and Hate should come with a health warning. I agree with John E (... again ... this is becoming a habit ...) that any such warning should simply read "do not skip or fast forward". One of the many reasons why t...
by commonweal
Mon Mar 31, 2008 11:55 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Worst ever LC tracks
Replies: 69
Views: 15789

Re: Worst ever LC tracks

Jazz Police is the only LC song I really dislike. I always skip ahead when it comes on. However, the cover by Monsieur Camembert is not so bad, and is funny. I too find it hard to understand how Cohenites could dislike Bird on the Wire. I agree with John E that it has an enduring centrality to LC's ...
by commonweal
Sat Mar 22, 2008 12:50 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: What is your favourite Cohen CD?
Replies: 36
Views: 7978

Re: What is your favourite Cohen CD?

Like John E, I cannot give a simple answer. To my ears Leonard's most important studio albums are the following four: Songs of LC, Songs of Love and Hate, Recent Songs, and The Future. (These are placed in chronological order here; I find it impossible to rank them against each other.) After these i...

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