September 21 - Leonard's birthday

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September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by jarkko » Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:44 am

We all know that Leonard was born on September 21, 1934.
Thursday September 21, 2017 will be the first birthday without the Master.

This is our birthday thread for your thoughts, feelings, memories...
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by LC&LC » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:03 am

missing him a lot, but keeping in my heart the souvenirs of the grand tour
i couldn't listen to his music for weeks after the news broke; but now, I'm back under the spell, forever bewitched

''we are so lightly here'' how right he was for many things and how wrong here about himself
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by Tony » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:22 am

Thanks to the human heart by which we live,
Thanks to its tenderness, it's joys and fears,
To me the meanest flower that blows can give
Thoughts that do often lie too deep for tears.


In remembrance.
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by juneC » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:38 am

This time last year I was very mindful of Leonard’s impending birthday and hoping so much that he would receive/read the birthday greeting/letter I had posted to him back in August care of Robert Kory.

I will never know if he did receive it but I will choose to believe he did. How I wish my thoughts this year were also concerned with whether he would get to see my very imperfect offering, instead of still mourning his passing. I never met Leonard, never even managed to see him in concert but having fallen in love with Leonard the feelings don’t change. I deeply miss him being in this world as do thousands of others I know. My thoughts, as the date of Leonard’s birth draws near and what should have been his 83rd birthday are most especially with his precious family - Adam, Lorca, Cassius, Viva Katherine and Lyon.
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by WiTS » Tue Sep 19, 2017 11:45 am

Master says, 'I intend to stick around until I'm 120.'
Master also says, 'Some guys you just can't trust.'
then I remember that Master sings, 'I wish there was a treaty we could sign.'

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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by oblivion » Wed Sep 20, 2017 2:55 am

.......just in this very moment i thought :
no birthday thread this year, so sad
not to know him among us anymore,
but his presence is strong as ever and will always be.
the meaning of his lyrics are changing since he has gone
sometimes more bittersweet...
a day without your words and music would be a lost day for me ;
thank you Jarkko for opening this page and keeping him alive.
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by HugoD » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:42 am

How we wished you were still here to celebrate yet another birthday. It was not to happen. A man’s live is not measured by the years he lived but by the memory he leaves behind . Let us celebrate all the music, poetry and fond memories that you gave us.
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by Geoffrey » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:33 pm

thinking of leonard most of the time, but even more so right now. i can't address this to him personally, because there's no way he could read it, and regretfully, i am not psychologically weak enough to need to fool myself. "may everyone live, and may everyone die, hello my love, and my love - goodbye."
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by UrPal » Wed Sep 20, 2017 8:56 pm

A premature but belated birthday greeting to the Muhammad Ali of song. How curious that two of North America's golden boys - one black, the other jewish - fell so close together....One poetry in motion, the other motion in poetry. Can't help remembering you with that wicked smile on your face. As I've said in previous years, and maybe this year it means more than most, thanks for stopping by......It had always been reassuring to have you around living in my present turning out the goods .....This perhaps is one of those instances in which absence doesn't make the heart grow fonder - though it isn't diminished either. Still holding your smile...and remembering you through the indelible imprint of your songs and their continuing resonance with each passing day experienced in this carnival of the absurd and wonderful that is life. Happy birthday Leonard, and many happy returns to you through your songs.
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by holydove » Wed Sep 20, 2017 10:56 pm

I am struck by the fact that this year, Leonard's birthday falls on the first day of Rosh Hashanah - the jewish "head of the year" (it's a different day every year, because it's based on a lunar calendar, & it consists of 2 days). As everyone knows, the song "Who By Fire" is based on a prayer said on Rosh Hashanah, called the Unatanneh Tokef, & the opening line of this prayer is:

"Let us proclaim the mighty holiness of this day, for it is awe-inspiring..."

Rosh Hashannah commemorates the creation of Adam & Eve, the first human being (they were originally one androgenous person). Kabbalah teaches that Rosh Hashannah, as an aspect of sacred time, is a gateway for a burst of new light & life-force to come into the world.

So, though I endlessly mourn Leonard's passing from this world, I also celebrate the creation of such a beautiful & magnificent human being, & I commemorate the day of his birth as a mighty holy day, & I honor the infinite, powerful light which he brought into the world & which I believe goes on forever & ever; like his nightingale, he is singing somewhere still, & wherever he is, may his universe be filled with eternal goodness & sweetness.
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by mutti » Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:16 pm

I wanted to say some of the things Rachel (holy dove) mentioned about Leonard's birthday being on Rosh Hashonah this year but she said it so well I will leave it. Thank you Leonard for giving us your 'all' at the last concerts and for just being you.
I feel so fortunate to be alive at the same time as Leonard so I could experience the master of words and song in my lifetime. He is missed by so many.
As Leonard said in 2009 for the Jewish New Year "May your life be sweet as apples dipped in honey".
Thank you Jarkko for starting this thread but it is very different this year. I think its a great idea to celebrate Leonard's birthday on this thread every year as difficult as it is.
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by rae » Thu Sep 21, 2017 12:48 am

We just had a special 375th birthday concert here in Montreal, and it included two tributes to Leonard. You can find them one after the other, starting around 23:48, right after Martha's tribute to her mom - also a lovely moment. ... 0cfefcbf7c

I was lucky to be there myself, a warm summer evening on the slope of Mount Royal.

So, happy birthday to you Leonard, as we also celebrate our/your city's birthday.
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by B4real » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:25 am

Twelve o’Clock Chant
(LC's first song - written 1951, sung L&G film 1965)

Hold me hard light, soft light hold me,
Moonlight in your mountains fold me,
Sunlight in your tall waves scald me,
Ironlight in your wires shield me,
Deathlight in your darkness wield me.

As it was in the beginning and is in the end
... That’s how the light gets in ...

Dear Leonard,
To you, from me
an image to speak
a thousand words deep -

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To hold infinity in the palm of your hand ~ William Blake

Light and Love Eternal,
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by vlcoats » Thu Sep 21, 2017 5:55 am

Thank you. That was beautiful.
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Re: September 21 - Leonard's birthday

Post by Stranger » Thu Sep 21, 2017 9:33 am

Forever with us despite the distance put between......
" ........... if one can describe as serious the confused comedy of our lives". Graham Greene, "The Comedians".
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