Yes, Cohen was great. Hallelujah was compelling. My fave, though, is "Everybody Knows"... Umm....I dunno who else you mean did Hallelujah that was great. I think even Bon Jovi did it. But wasn't "great" to me....
Brenda, I agree. Leonard is the best but I was really impressed by Jeff Buckly's version of Hallelujia. However, His tortured version would have surely made leonard tell him " Lighten up mate, it is just theatre" No need to think it is worth dying for.
The great thing about Cohen is that he does not take himself too seriously. I love the guy and his works. He just gets on and does the business.
Uninvited, were we not lucky to get this link. I am useless at copying and pasting. My teenage daughter just showed me today and I have forwarded this link to friends.
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Thanks paul, I just listened to the first two tracks. Got to go into town now. Really looking forward to listening to the rest. The link you provided has some great extras, such as the Dorian Lynskey interview.
You have made my day. Will be sending this link to family and friends. A really big thank you to you.
Yes, thanks so much for sharing this link - I'm listening to Anyhow right now and it is terrific! With Leonard's music the thing is you want the songs to last longer! I play them over and over sometimes. Also his songs translate to other voices, like Jackson Browne and Rufus Wainwright (who both have excellent versions of Hallelujah) and also there is an album I found on Emusic that has a number of different artists singing Leonard's songs and some playing flamenco guitar versions of a couple songs - so incredibly beautiful. His songs are so simple, and melodic as well as profound. Yet he's just using the standard themes of love, loss and realization and simple words. Really, I don't know how he does it, but he gets to me in a real good way!! (didn't mean to write a hub about it here, oh well)
oh, and also there's a marvelous documentary about him - called "Leonard", I think.
I've been in love with Leonard Cohen for over 40 years. I remember exactly where and when it happened. It was the first time I heard Suzanne. I was very young and the lyrics seemed kind of moody and haunting to me. I wanted more of the same. I've been a fan ever since.
I found the music of Leonard Cohen a few years ago by listening to NPR Radio and watched UTube videos of him and purchased the CD, The Essential.I like the songs; First We Take Manhattan,Hallelujiah, and Suzaane. I am glad I found this wonderful man.