How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby mutti » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:40 am

I too love the idea of a stone bench with something 'written in stone'. I love some of the ideas especially …" Came so far for beauty".
If the Unified Heart could also be on it that would be great too.
Looking forward to seeing how this all unfolds.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby lizzytysh » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:57 am

I love all the thought and consideration that are being put into this. Haven't had a chance to look at the benches, yet, but definitely will prefer the natural look... and, as Dem has pointed out, the more it's in sync with the landscape, the better. Agree, too, on the Unified Heart symbol... if possible.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby B4real » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:32 am

Maybe the stone bench could be placed somewhere along this path, against and blending in with the rock outcrop and facing the sea -

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The idyllic blossom path that leads to the beautiful village of Kamini in the tiny Greek island of Hydra in the Aegean Sea.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby dick » Thu Apr 24, 2014 2:48 pm

Many great suggestions here. I like stone bench with back for comfort and inscription -- B4 real thought of integrating into a natural existing stone wall has much appeal. Also like "Came so far for Beauty"
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby holydove » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:11 pm

"came so far for beauty" was the first line that crossed my mind when the stone bench was suggested; that, along with the unified heart, if it's not too much to do, would be lovely. There are, of course, many other lines that would also work well. I think a short quote, with just a few words, would be best. "you were always the one" would also be very nice.

I've also been thinking about this: In the poem, "Not A Jew", one of the ways Leonard identifies himself is: "The Founder, Order of the Unified Heart". (In the book, the poem is shortened, & doesn't include that line; but the entire poem, which includes that line, can be seen in the LC files, in the "blackening pages" section). With that in mind, I think it might be nice to inscribe something like: "To Leonard - Founder, Order of the Unified Heart - on his 80th birthday - with love, from his friends". But that might be too many words, which is a shame, because I think it would be really nice to acknowledge Leonard's role as the founder, through his brilliant art, of this very unique & wonderful Order (esp. since this poem suggests that he does see himself as such) .

I will be happy with whatever is decided upon, & I hope permission for this project will be granted.

Here is the poem:

NOT A JEW


Anyone who says
I'm not a Jew
is not a Jew
I'm very sorry
but this is final

so says:
Eliezar, son of Nissan,
priest of Israel;
a.k.a
Nightingale of the Sinai,
Yom Kippur 1973;
a.k.a
Jikan the Unconvincing,
zen monk;
a.k.a
Leonard Cohen,
Certified Food Worker,
San Bernadino County, CA;
a.k.a
The Founder,
Order of the Unified Heart;
a.k.a
The Best Dressed Man in Montreal
(local newspaper)

(There is a drawing of the Unified Heart at the end, & the words "Emblem of the Order of the Unified Heart" in parenthesis, but I couldn't copy that here).
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby lizzytysh » Fri Apr 25, 2014 5:18 am

It occurred to me this afternoon as I was driving home that the natural stone bench with engraving would render it no longer natural.
Dilemma ;-)

So, I guess some very discreet engraving... on the side for the symbol... and not sure where for the engraving. Definitely feel that "Came so for for beauty" is applicable for the distance walked on the path for the beautiful view; the distance to get to Greece and/or then to Hydra; the distance taken on the path of one's own life to arrive where we're at emotionally in that juncture ~ many possibilities.

I also like the idea of the bench having a back for leaning on.

That photo looks like another wonderful possibility for a location.
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How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby anneporter » Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:28 am

Lizzytysh wrote:"the natural stone bench with engraving would render it no longer natural.
Dilemma ;-)"

---actually, quarrying stone and shaping it into a bench renders it no longer "natural"!
newfoundland--understand?
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby lizzytysh » Fri Apr 25, 2014 3:08 pm

Of course... :)
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby Sophia » Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:41 pm

I contacted Mr. Lakis Christidis today and I'm glad to say that he really likes and will fully support our bench project. After contacting with the mayor of Hydra he called me again and said he is also very supportive and positive; the only problem we face now is getting the permission of the Archaeological Service (what I was afraid initially). The whole island of Hydra has been characterised as "archaelogical site" (since 1996), so for even small projects, things can be difficult. Mr. Christidis arranged to meet tomorrow a civil engineer (who is friend of his and knows well what is required in similar cases), so we can have a drawing design of the bench, as the mayor (who is also an architect) said we need to have it to present in all details our bench project; we talked about a simple stone bench (I mentioned the idea of "Came so far for beauty" inscription, that he really liked), located on the way to Kamini perhaps near Avlaki area. Mr. Christidis is so kind and helpful, let's hope everything goes well with required permission - in that case he said we could have a nice presentation supported by municipality of Hydra in September.
I'll keep you updated :-)

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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby anneporter » Fri Apr 25, 2014 9:54 pm

Wonderful news, Sophia. Thanks
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby surrender » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:02 pm

Sophia, a lot of thanks for your efforts; good luck tomorrow with the appointment!

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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby BEATRIZ SALLES » Fri Apr 25, 2014 11:15 pm

Those are really good news, Sophia.
Thank you for all the efforts you and Mr Christidis have been doing this week, and hopefully, all you will have to make during the next months! ;-) ;-)

Te idea is taking form, and it looks like, once again, we will have a result to be proud as comunity.

"I came so far for beauty" is one of my favourites too.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby lizzytysh » Sat Apr 26, 2014 2:26 am

That's GREAT, Sophia! So good to know that two such influential parties on the island are strongly in favour.
That will certainly help [or should] when it comes to the REAL serious bureaucratic matters.
They'll be helpful [as they've already begun to be] in helping us navigate those waters, that process.
Thanks for your getting right on it. Certainly don't have any time to waste.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby Tchocolatl » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:03 pm

A parc, a gorgeous flower-and-tree garden with birds, on Hydra or in Israel facing the sea, or in the Old Montreal facing the Saint-Laurent (or in all these places)- with a statue of the Man and many benches with poems from him written everywhere in the stones.

Beginning this year, this can be done step by step with a major achievement every September 21.

Some people may create flowers in his name or inspired by some particular songs and poems for this garden.

Love!
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Postby lizzytysh » Sun Apr 27, 2014 9:24 pm

What a beautiful garden that would be, Tchocolatl.
A long-term project.
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