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Remembering Leonard

Post by B4real » Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:16 am

This year, in remembrance of Leonard on this day, I was inspired by the title and first two lines of one of his very early poems “Calm, Alone, The Cedar Guitar” from Selected Poems 1956-68 to compose the image below.

“Calm, alone, the cedar guitar
tuned into a sunlight drone ... “
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From beginnings to endings ....
After putting this image together, part of a song by Jimmy Webb keeps repeating in my head -

“When the singer's gone
Let the song go on
It's a fine line between the darkness and the dawn
They say in the darkest night, there's a light beyond
But the ending always comes at last
Endings always come too fast
They come too fast
And they pass to slow ....”

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Re: Remembering Leonard

Post by AlanM » Sat Nov 07, 2020 10:43 am

Hi Bev,
Every year since I discovered Leonard (1969), I have been grateful for his life, his talent and his published work.
Yes, I grieved when he died, but I am still grateful for his life, his talent and his published work.
I enjoy him every day.

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Re: Remembering Leonard

Post by I'm your fan » Sun Nov 08, 2020 12:51 am

Federico García Lorca wrote a poem called "La Guitarra" (The Guitar):
LA GUITARRA - POEMA DE LA SEGUIRIYA GITANA (Cante Jondo)
Empieza el llanto
de la guitarra.
Se rompen las copas
de la madrugada.
Empieza el llanto
de la guitarra.
Es inútil callarla.
Es imposible
callarla.
Llora monótona
como llora el agua,
como llora el viento
sobre la nevada
Es imposible
callarla,
Llora por cosas
lejanas.
Arena del Sur caliente
que pide camelias blancas.
Llora flecha sin blanco,
la tarde sin mañana,
y el primer pájaro muerto
sobre la rama
¡Oh guitarra!
Corazón malherido
por cinco espadas

Translation:

The guitar starts weeping.
Glasses are broken
in the dawn.
The guitar starts weeping.
It is useless to shut her up.
It is impossible
to shut her up.
She cries monotonous
like the water cries,
like the wind cries
over the snow.
It is impossible
to shut her up,
She cries for things
far away.
Hot southern sand
asking for white camellias.
Cry arrow without target,
the afternoon without tomorrow,
and the first dead bird
on the branch.
Oh guitar!
Wounded heart
for five swords.

The translation is mine. But I realize now how difficult it is (it is impossible to do so with Lorca's poems): "mañana" means "morning" and "tomorrow", but "the afternoon without tomorrow" makes more sense than "the afternoon without morning".
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Re: Remembering Leonard

Post by I'm your fan » Sun Nov 08, 2020 1:18 am

Excuse me for writing again in Spanish, but the song of Jimmy Webb remembers me of another song in Spanish!

Si se calla el cantor calla la vida
Porque la vida, la vida misma es todo un canto
Si se calla el cantor, muere de espanto
La esperanza, la luz y la alegría
Si se calla el cantor se quedan solos
Los humildes gorriones de los diarios,
Los obreros del puerto se persignan
Quién habrá de luchar por su salario
Qué ha de ser de la vida si el que canta
No levanta su voz en las tribunas
Por el que sufre, ´por el que no hay
Ninguna razón que lo condene a andar sin manta'
Si se calla el cantor muere la rosa
De que sirve la rosa sin el canto
Debe el canto ser luz sobre los campos
Iluminando siempre a los de abajo
Que no calle el cantor porque el silencio
Cobarde apaña la maldad que oprime,
No saben los cantores de agachadas
No callarán jamás de frente al crimen
Que se levanten todas las banderas
Cuando el cantor se plante con su grito
Que mil guitarras desangren en la noche
Una inmortal canción al infinito
Si se calla el cantor calla la vida

Translation:

If the singer is silent, life is silent
Because life, life itself is all a song
If the singer is silent, he dies of terror
Hope, light and joy
If the singer is silent they are left alone
The humble sparrows of the newspapers,
The port workers cross themselves
Who will fight for their salary
What is to be of life if the one who sings
He does not raise his voice in the stands
For the one who suffers, for whom there is no
No reason that condemns him to go without a blanket '
If the singer is silent, the rose dies
What good is the rose without the song
The song must be light on the fields
Always enlightening those below
That the singer does not shut up because silence
Coward manages the evil that oppresses,
They do not know the singers of crouching
They will never be silent in the face of crime
Let all the flags rise
When the singer stands with his cry
May a thousand guitars bleed at night
An immortal song to infinity
If the singer is silent, life is silent

The song was written by the Argentinian singer and writer Horacio Guaraní (pseudonym of Eraclio Catalín Rodríguez Cereijo, 1925-2007), and it was sung by the well known Argentinian Mercedes Sosa (1935-2009).
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Re: Remembering Leonard

Post by B4real » Sun Nov 08, 2020 3:24 am

Well said, Alan!

I’m your fan, Thanks for the translations 8)
Now all this has prompted me in keeping with the guitar, alone and song themes to post below an impromptu verse that Leonard sang at a concert in the early seventies.

“ ...Well I always play my guitar
I’ve been doing it for a long time
I don’t take it very far
Well I sing alone, yes, I just play alone
Yeah, I sing alone, yes, I’m alone
But I’m always there, alone ...”

And the mention of “A Thousand Guitars” near the end of your second post above has reminded me of the title of a song released a few weeks ago by Bruce Springsteen called, “House Of A Thousand Guitars”.

It all seems to go round in circles sometimes, doesn’t it ;-)

Oh, and btw, we all handle and express grief in different ways. Some find solace in talking and contact with others. While some prefer not to speak and carry and keep it inside themselves. Whatever path you choose or find yourself on, the memories will always be there.

I know I’ve said this before and maybe it’s time that I keep it to myself in the future :)
I emphatically and doubly detest this time of the year because my mother died on the same day as Leonard did but exactly one week and two years earlier.
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Re: Remembering Leonard

Post by vlcoats » Sun Nov 08, 2020 6:50 am

My absence here on the forum is no reflection of the impact Leonard continues to have on my life daily since the year of his death, and it is no reflection of the impact those of you here continue to have on my life personally.

Carry on Mr. Cohen!

Vickie

(Edited to keep Alan from practicing his newly acquired grammar police skills on me)
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Re: Remembering Leonard

Post by jarkko » Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:02 pm

In tribute to Leonard Cohen, Lil' Andy and Joe Grass perform some of Cohen's compositions.
Narrated by Rabbi Glazer. Sponsored by Ryan Stotland and Molly Frizzell.

https://youtu.be/_6c2WeoKp-Q

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Re: Remembering Leonard

Post by HugoD » Mon Nov 09, 2020 5:10 pm

jarkko wrote:
Mon Nov 09, 2020 1:02 pm
In tribute to Leonard Cohen, Lil' Andy and Joe Grass perform some of Cohen's compositions.
Narrated by Rabbi Glazer. Sponsored by Ryan Stotland and Molly Frizzell.

https://youtu.be/_6c2WeoKp-Q


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Thanks Jarkko for sharing!
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Re: Remembering Leonard

Post by Eva » Mon Nov 09, 2020 9:04 pm

The link posted below the photo of Leonard Cohen’s grave is not correct.
This is the video we (The Montreal sisters of Mercy) took of our visit to the grave on Nov. 7, 2020
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Re: Remembering Leonard

Post by its4inthemorning » Tue Nov 10, 2020 4:17 pm

Re Jarkko's link (Rabbi Glazer, Li'l Andy & Joe Grass tribute):

Very well done and profoundly moving.

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