"A new album of original Leonard Cohen songs is in the works"

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"A new album of original Leonard Cohen songs is in the works"

Postby jarkko » Thu Sep 27, 2018 8:44 pm

There are these songs that exist that he wanted finished, these incredible powerful readings that were set to music - Adam Cohen

Here's breaking news from Adam's interview on q scheduled for airing on October 1.

https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/blog/a-new-a ... -1.4840709
A new album of original Leonard Cohen songs is in the works, says son Adam

The album ‘resembles his older work,’ says the late artist’s son and producer.

When Leonard Cohen passed away in 2016 at the age of 82, he left behind not only a huge hole in the music world, but also a collection of unfinished songs, according to his son and producer, Adam Cohen, who is working to complete them. A new album, he says, can be expected next year.

"I was tasked with finishing a few more songs of his that we started together on the last album, so his voice is literally still in my life. It's a bizarre and delicious entanglement," Adam told q's Tom Power during a discussion about The Flame, a book of previously unpublished poems by his father, due out Oct. 1. "To make a long story short, I believe that there are some really beautiful new songs of Leonard Cohen that no one's heard that are at some point going to come out."

Adam, who also produced Leonard's last album, You Want it Darker, released just three weeks before his death, says that the breadth of the recorded poems is "extraordinary."

He explains that, while they were making You Want it Darker, "I would implore him, even though I knew he was in a delicate state, I'd say, 'Dad, just read this, just read this poem to a metronome and we'll look at it later.' Some of my favourite poems of his are actually in the vault and I was tasked with finishing them."

While You Want it Darker saw Cohen largely reflecting on death, Adam says the unreleased recordings are very different in tone. "What's also beautiful about them is that, unlike the the gravity and the nature [...] of You Want it Darker, these have a sort of more mytho-romantic [tone] that resembles his older work, something more romantic. So that's also more surprising."

When asked if he finds working on his father's work daunting, Adam says it's "a luxury and a treat. … How wonderful that these songs exist, that I'm going to bring them and see them to completion, not just for me because I'm part of the family business, but for all the people out there who are going to hopefully delight in hearing his language, that inimitable contribution of his. You know, there are these songs that exist that he wanted finished, these incredible powerful readings that were set to music. … It's going to surprise and delight."

To hear the rest of Power's chat with Adam Cohen, tune into Monday's episode of q.
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Re: "A new album of original Leonard Cohen songs is in the works"

Postby HugoD » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:42 pm

Wow, we kind of expected this but this confirmation is really great :D ;. And again the great “P” has started.
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Re: "A new album of original Leonard Cohen songs is in the works"

Postby holydove » Thu Sep 27, 2018 9:56 pm

Oh, this is absolutely something delightful to look forward to!!

Thank you, Adam, for your talent & devotion to this work! And thank you to Marie & Jarkko, for bringing us this great exciting news!
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Postby phillip » Thu Sep 27, 2018 11:37 pm

Cant wait and thankyou Adam
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Postby musicmania » Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:25 am

My oh my :D
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Re: "A new album of original Leonard Cohen songs is in the works"

Postby oldfriend28 » Fri Sep 28, 2018 2:40 am

Thank you all for this. Wonderful. Am so looking forward to it!
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Postby B4real » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:46 am

Absolutely outstanding!! Finally it's official :D
....and just a few days ago we were commenting on this -
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Postby MaryB » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:17 am

Oh my, my heart's a-pitter-patter. With much gratitude to Adam for his devotion.

Thank you Marie and Jarkko for bringing us this wonderful, phenomenal news!
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Postby Frank Van Dael » Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:24 pm

Wonderful news. Leonard's words and music in my life since 1970. Like a willow, like a fountain. Koitos, Jarkko. Thank you, Marie. And thank you, Mr. Adam Cohen, for being the son, the musician and the producer that you are.
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Postby LisaLCFan » Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:45 pm

Very exciting news! It'll be a treasure, I'm sure!
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Postby its4inthemorning » Fri Sep 28, 2018 10:35 pm

Finally our patience may be rewarded!

Am hoping that Adam has asked Patrick Leonard to become involved in this project (or more greedily, these projects), Patrick Leonard apparently contributed quite a bit to the great music on LC's final three albums.

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Re: "A new album of original Leonard Cohen songs is in the works"

Postby jarkko » Mon Oct 01, 2018 5:44 pm

Link to Adam’s interview:
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/q/monday-octob ... -1.4842939
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Re: "A new album of original Leonard Cohen songs is in the works"

Postby vlcoats » Mon Oct 01, 2018 10:55 pm

Thank you Jarkko for posting this link to Adam's interview. I have only had chance to hear part of it on my lunch hour, but I look forward to hearing the rest and just wanted to say thanks!
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Re: "A new album of original Leonard Cohen songs is in the works"

Postby Diane » Mon Oct 01, 2018 11:04 pm

Just seen this thread :D :!:
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Re: "A new album of original Leonard Cohen songs is in the works"

Postby davidrichards » Tue Oct 02, 2018 12:34 pm

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"Am hoping that Adam has asked Patrick Leonard to become involved in this project (or more greedily, these projects), Patrick Leonard apparently contributed quite a bit to the great music on LC's final three albums."
I know that I am probably in a minority but I sincerely hope that Patrick Leonard has nothing to do with any possible new release. As a musician and lifelong fan of Leonard Cohen from my first encounter in the 1960's, I do not think that his contributions have enhanced those recordings. Indeed for me it has detracted from the finished product.

However, what will be will be and we must be grateful for any further work which we are fortunate enough to be able to listen to or read.

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