Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) is a "Big Fan of Leonard Cohen"

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Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) is a "Big Fan of Leonard Cohen"

Post by bridger15 » Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:17 pm

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Does the name Dave Stewart ring a bell?
Well it did not with me.
I am now the object of ridicule by my Hollywood extended family and their friends

Last week, I was at granddaughter's school for a fifth grade event.
Only a few parents and few grandparents were there because it was just the one class.
I spotted a man in the schoolyard wearing a fedora who looked sort of my vintage.
I told him when I see a man wearing a fedora it reminds me of Leonard Cohen.

He responded with an English accent, "I am a big fan of Leonard Cohen"
I told him about my passion for LC, the concerts I went to and showed him my pic with LC. (Yes I always carry a copy with me)
He told me he loved seeing him kneel by the guitarist who didn’t want him to do that.

i am a musician too
I am Dave Stewart, the other half of xxx (I didnt recognize the other half he mentioned)

i helped Leonard Cohen write a song about 20 years ago.
Not for him, but for a French girl.
He told me her name, but it wasn't familiar.
He wasn't sure if the song was ever published
His wife came to get him and that ended our chat.

At sonLeonard's second Passover Seder that night (about 24 people), i asked him,
Do you know the name Dave Stewart, an Englishman

..other half of... XXX, Annie Lennox?

My son howled at my innocence not knowing the name of this famous entertainer.

Eurythmics was their band.

Others joined in to tease me
I became the object of "friendly" ridicule all night
I am so embarrassed.
I even had a camera with me
Aw shucks
Another missed LC opportunity

I emailed Jarkko to ask if he knew the Dave Stewart/Leonard Cohen/French girl connection.
Jarkko sent me a link immediately. Thank you, Jarkko.

http://Www.leonardcohenfiles.com/forothers.html
Sylvie Marechal: It Just Feels

Mr Stewart's estimate of about 20 years ago was accurate.
And like all great composers (Rossinni was most notorious), LC recently "borrowed" from himself for one of his new songs, "Feels So Good".

http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/forothers.html#5
It Just Feels
Written by Leonard Cohen and David A Stewart,
recorded by Sylvie Marechal (Voie Lactee, France 1992)

It feels so good
And it feels so right
It feels like I've been rescued
In the middle of the night
And all the tricks and all the angels
And all the dirty rotten deals
They don't count now
They've been cancelled
And it feels, it just feels
Thank you Babe, thank you Babe

It feels so good
And it feels so right
It feels like I've been rescued
In the middle of the night
And the sweetest voice has spoken
And the deepest wound is healed
And the darkness is exploding
And it feels, it just feels
Thank you Babe, thank you Babe

It comes so sweet
And it comes so fast
It comes like windows breaking
I can take a breath at last
Thank you for the breaking
And thank you for the breath
And for sayin' it was nothing
Nothing meaning life or death
Thank you Babe…it just feels
That nice man must be deflated that this innocent did not know who he was.
But I was so intent in finding out more about his LC connection.
I may get to see him again in 2012. That will be the 6th grade graduation.
If he wears a fedora again, I may be able to spot him.
I will be more prepared then.

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Re: Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) is a "Big Fan of Leonard Cohen

Post by mutti » Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:41 pm

Oh Arlene I love that story of yours with Dave Stewart. Sorry you were the object of ridicule
but it is very endearing and likely filled with love as your family teased you. Sounds like a lot of fun.
How interesting all these people you are running into these days now that you live in sunny La La land
as they call it in some circles...it does sound exciting and sunny and so different than your native land of Canada..(mine too).
Thank you for posting this and Jarkko for the link as I had never heard of some of those songs.
I am a fan of Annie Lenox and the Eurythmics from way back so it was great to hear the connection to LC.
ps hope you run into him at the graduation.
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Post by lizzytysh » Sat Apr 30, 2011 7:54 pm

A great anecdote, Arlene 8) .
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Post by MaryB » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:16 pm

Arlene,

I loved reading this. What a great encounter you had. I even like the fact that you did not know who he was. The whole situation seemed so 'normal' and cute.

Like Leslie, I also appreciate that link - it's a whole area of the files that I never explored.

Reading this was such a pleasant diversion - thank you!

Warmest regards,
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Post by denise knowles » Sat Apr 30, 2011 8:22 pm

Dave Stewart was at the after concert drinks, on the 10th May 1993 RAH, when I were there. But I only had eye's for Leonard, so I missed the opportunity to speak to him, even if I only said I liked his music. :(
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Post by jarkko » Sun May 01, 2011 10:04 am

Dominique scanned Sylvie Marechal's CD for us...
Some (other) songs from the album at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8AkuZooGWs
I bought my copy in 1994 shortly after Jim Devlin had mentioned the LC connection in his Leonard Cohen Newsletter.

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Re: Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) is a "Big Fan of Leonard Cohen

Post by DrHGuy » Sun May 01, 2011 4:03 pm

After hearing Arlene's story, I posted It Just Feels – Yet Another Leonard Cohen Song You (Probably) Haven’t Heard at http://1heckofaguy.com/2011/05/01/it-ju ... ent-heard/

That post includes an audio player with Sylvie Maréchal singing "It Just Feels" by Leonard Cohen and Dave Stewart

It also poses the question: Why did Leonard Cohen write one song and one song only (“It Just Feels”) that is co-credited to David Stewart, best known, albeit unfairly, as the half of the Eurythmics not named Annie Lennox, for an attractive, then up and coming french vocalist, Sylvie Maréchal, who has since denounced the album(s) on which the song appeared?

It is possible that lots of folks know the answer to that query, but I can’t find the complete story and would appreciate some kind soul enlightening me by PM or Email or in a comment on this thread.
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Post by bridger15 » Sun May 01, 2011 7:09 pm

Thank you Dominique for the CD scan and to Jarkko for posting it.

And thank you to Dr HGuy for looking into the back story. Spoiler alerts notwithstanding, I look forward to reading your part 2 follow-up about the "Sylvie Marechal: It Just Feels" song. http://1heckofaguy.com/2011/05/01/it-ju ... ent-heard/

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Post by jarkko » Thu May 05, 2011 9:24 am

I remember that I got some secondhand information about "It Just Feels" in the mid-90's. The story was that Dave and Leonard met at a party, discussed their work and somehow got an idea to write a song together. I cannot confirm wheather it is true or not. We know for sure HOW they did it - they sent drafts back and forth by telefax. This was again confirmed by Dominiqe Boile who found a newspaper clipping from his archive. See below. The newspaper article also suggests that "It Just Feels" was not the only song they made together, Leonard seems to have been working also on "Greetings From the Gutter", the title song of one of Stewart's own albums.

At some point there was a rumor that Leonard was singing in the background in one of the songs on Dave's own solo album. I asked Leonard about it some ten years ago or so, and he said it is not true.

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Post by bridger15 » Thu May 05, 2011 2:27 pm

Thank you to Dominique and Jarkko for the additonal material and back stories about the Dave Stewart/Leonard Cohen connection.

It was fascinating to read LC's lyrics,

"...the walls are going to blister...frozen like a coldsore on your lip". Now, that's painful imagery. :D

and the reporter's description of LC's personality, "..a man extremely au fait with his insecurity".

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Why Leonard Cohen wrote “It Just Feels” With Dave Stewart

Post by DrHGuy » Mon May 16, 2011 5:16 pm

I just posted How Leonard Cohen Came To Write “It Just Feels” With Dave Stewart – According To Leonard Cohen at http://1heckofaguy.com/2011/05/16/how-l ... ard-cohen/

There are, alas, no big surprises but the post does include a message from this Leonard Cohen fellow who claims to have some inside information about why he made the effort to work with Dave Stewart.
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Post by MaryB » Tue May 17, 2011 1:25 am

Nice to see that 'Leo' was able to shed so much light on this situation :lol: - thanks for all you efforts Allan!
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Post by tomsakic » Tue May 17, 2011 11:23 am

"Leo"? Which Leo?
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Re: Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) is a "Big Fan of Leonard Cohen

Post by MaryB » Fri May 20, 2011 10:49 am

Tom,

http://1heckofaguy.com/2011/05/16/how-l ... ard-cohen/

Scroll down and read the response Allan received from 'Leo' ;-)
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