Happy Birthday, Leonard!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Hanna » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:18 pm

Happy Birthday Leonard!
"I love your body and your spirit and your clothes"

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by calypso » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:31 pm

I wish you a very happy birthday Leonard, thank you for the music, the wonderfull concerts and the new album.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Gitte » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:34 pm

DEAR DEAR Leonard Cohen,
I bring you wherever I go, your voice, your lyrics and your music.
You are such a wise man and we can all learn so much from you.
Thank you from all my heart, you have given me some of the most wonderful moment in my life. I can just repeat Lou Reed: I am so happy to be in life at the same time as you.
Hope to see you soon, it would be fantastic if you would hit the road again.
I wish you a very happy birtday and all the best for the future.
Thank you so much for the new album, I'm so grateful.
With love and my deepest respect,
2008: Nice/ 2010: Marseille / 2012 Copenhagen, Paris x 2. / 2013: Paris, Lucca, Odense, Stockholm, Rotterdam, Amsterdam.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by lizzytysh » Sun Sep 21, 2014 10:58 pm

The Guest House

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

-- Jelaluddin Rumi,
translation by Coleman Barks

Dear Leonard ~

With deep understanding, you are the embodiment of this ancient, ecstatic poem.

Thank you for sharing the guest list of your life.
Honouring each in your poems, novels, and songs, your own openness, insight, and wisdom have helped us all.

Your sharing has been an integral part of my own joy and coping, Leonard.

May this day, as every other day, be one of simple gifts, pleasure, and gratitude for you.
May your days and years be many... and may they all be filled with blessings.

To the 80th power, thank you and Happy Birthday, Leonard.

Much love, now and evermore,
Elizabeth / Lizzy

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Suemerlyn » Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:04 pm

Adding my greetings, happy birthday wishes and huge love to all the wonderful messages here. Hope your day is/was a peaceful and joyous occasion - and I have two big things to say:
thank you for inspiring me, all those years ago, to go live on Hydra for a year and a half with my then 4 year old son - wonderful island, donkeys n all. I can't listen to Who by Fire but I see that film shown on British tv - my inspiration - of you walking across the port and the agora and heading for what we called donkeyshit lane (dunno what you called it, earlier than me - those steps up to four corners...)
And - if you want a cigarette on your 80th - or a pack of cigs, go for it, Leonard. You're old enough to make up your own mind (as I do.)
Thank you from my heart for all the songs over all the years, and for the beauty in your soul. A crack there is in everything.
Sue x
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by bigdee » Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:09 pm

Happy Birthday Leonard! Hope your special day is filled with happiness!!
1993: Philadelphia July 15 2008: Montreal June 23,24,25 2009: NYC Feb 19/ Columbia May 11/ Philadelphia May 12/ Waterbury May 14/ NYC May 16,17/ Boston May 29,30/ Philadelphia Oct 22/ NYC Oct 23/ Cleveland Oct 25 2010: Vegas Dec 10,11 2012: Boston Dec 15,16/ NYC Dec 18,20 2013: NYC Apr 6,7
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by hereandnow » Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:12 pm

Dear Leonard!

I wish you a very happy Birthday! And since number 80 reminds us of Infinity, I thank you for the immeasurable treasure and blessing of your songs, poetry, prose and concerts. You've opened the infinite dimension of goodness in my life and I can't thank you enough. Without your Art my life would be but a shadow of what it is.

So I wish you Infinite Happiness, Blessings, Health and Well-Being!

With Love, Peace and Respect,
2009 Prague
2010 Moscow
2012 Barcelona
2012 Madrid
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by isolde » Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:38 pm

---------- welcome to a new decade !

.......................... may all your wishes come true

... isolde / the real one
bochum (bonn)1979 - dortmund 1980 - oberhausen 2008 - lisboa 2009 - dortmund 2010 - mönchengladbach 2012 - oberhausen 2013
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by fentiger » Sun Sep 21, 2014 11:51 pm

Dear Leonard

May all your wishes come true!


PS I would upload the images I've drawn if I could work out how to do it! The will and heart is there but my technological skills fail me!
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by lonndubh » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:01 am

Happy Birthday Leonard and thank you for the music......
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Sheila » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:08 am

Happy 80th birthday, dear Leonard. Thank you for enriching my life, and the lives of so many others, with your music and poetry. It has been a glorious journey.

Love, Sheila
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Springheeljack » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:11 am

Happy 80th birthday Leonard!

What a great way to celebrate with a new album! :D

You are the most amazing, awe inspiring person I have ever known! :)

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by chaplainmom » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:14 am

Happy Birthday, dear Leonard, and many thanks!

Love, Mary
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Tchocolatl » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:24 am

I see that we can post twice. I was surprised to see this, but thinking about it, such a veneration deserves at least two posts. Or any. As any could fit the good measure.

So please, Mr. Cohen, accept my Snoopy Joy Dance in gratitude for all the energy that you bring in my life.


"He can love the shape of human beings, the fine and twisted shapes of the heart. It is good to have among us such men, such balancing monsters of love."

Leonard Cohen
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Cilbo » Mon Sep 22, 2014 12:38 am

Dear Leonard
Since listening to your music at university in the 70s I have continued to be uplifted, inspired, calmed and comforted.
I have been so lucky to have seen you at lots of wonderful concerts, and I have especially happy memories of the great concerts in the lovely city of Ghent.
Looking forward to buying the new CD!
Happy birthday Leonard!
London 2008, Brighton 2008, Liverpool 2009, Ghent 2010, Stuttgart 2010.
Ghent x 2 - 2012, London 2013, Brighton 2013....
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