Spiritual themes in LC's songs

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Spiritual themes in LC's songs

Post by jarkko » Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:58 pm

I have posted an essay by David Peloquin, "The Unified Heart and The Blessing to End Disunity".
He discusses the spiritual themes in LC's songs, including Old Ideas (it's a pdf file).
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Re: Spiritual themes in LC's songs

Post by oblivion » Fri Mar 09, 2012 8:23 pm

thank you jarkko, nice studies for the weekend :) ..and thanks to david from the woods of maine
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Re: Spiritual themes in LC's songs

Post by mutti » Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:03 pm

Thank you Jarkko and David
I am enjoying reading this and look forward to part 2.
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Post by holydove » Fri Mar 09, 2012 11:12 pm

Wonderful essay! Thank you to Jarkko for posting the link; & to David Peloquin for writing it. Looking forward to part 2.
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Re: Spiritual themes in LC's songs

Post by leonardmtl » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:23 am

Excellent analysis of the personal sanctuary in LC's work.....a much more compelling explanation than simplistically calling it a Rorscharch journey.

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Re: Spiritual themes in LC's songs

Post by B4real » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:36 am

Interesting concept - brings this to mind.

"In every heart there is a room
a sanctuary safe and strong"....
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Re: Spiritual themes in LC's songs

Post by John Etherington » Thu Mar 15, 2012 1:57 am

I resonate with most of this, and particularly like the premises "Cohen’s intention is to provide the opportunity to enter into a “sanctuary” offered by the song
and to gently evoke an experience in the listener"/ "If a song strikes you, draws you in, assume that it has something to do with you personally and
proceed from that insight". How different from the "Old Ideas" promo campaign and the daily bombardment of Leonard material that we see on Facebook!
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Re: Spiritual themes in LC's songs

Post by lac999 » Tue Apr 10, 2012 3:55 pm

Fascinating reading, am considering doing my dissertation for my Theology degree on Leonard's music; so it's nice to get something from a similar angle.
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