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I long for love and light, but must it come so cruel and oh so bright - Leonard Cohen

 

ah, such a poet, got to love Leonard. He thought of himself as a poet first and foremost but then of course he became famous for his completely beautiful songs. Just his voice and the guitar at first.

I once saw him interviewed on TV am which was a breakfast television programme on English TV, one of those cheerful chatty superficial sort of programmes. I was a bit shocked to see Leonard sitting there on the sofa with Anne Diamond, the regular interviewer.

I was sooo mortified when she upset him by saying

"I gather your music is the favorite for people to slit their wrists to"

Silence. He was humble in reply

"well, I like to hope that some music listeners do actually appreciate what I'm trying to say Anne"

I did. I used to listen to him for hours and hours in a darkened room lost in wonder.

My mother didn't, she preferred the Beatles.

"are you going to listen to that old man droning on and on again? He's not young you know, can't you listen to something else?"

My dad thought he was just plain wierd. Mind you, dad didn't understand music. He dismissed Bob Dylan immediately

"that man can't sing"

I had to point out that there was SO much more to Bob Dylan than just his voice!

Music is so tied up in love and light and life itself. I have to be careful what I listen to because it takes me away from the here and now, it can change my mood in an instant.

 

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Comment by Marcel on February 7, 2012 at 4:05pm

"I gather your music is the favorite for people to slit their wrists to"

That's just plain dumb.

If I were Leonard (ahem!) I wouldn't really know what to say to that either. 

Comment by christine-quintessential on February 7, 2012 at 4:15pm

@ Marcel, yes they should have let me interview him.

@ Uriel, that was his best LP. Later on he acquired three screeching women as background singers which upset me a lot. I just like the one man and the guitar sort of sound. I still haven't recovered from Bob Dylan 'going electric' lol

Comment by scribblers sanctuary (dana) on February 7, 2012 at 4:22pm

So Long Marianne and Hallelujah are (I think) my faves by LC.

Comment by scribblers sanctuary (dana) on February 7, 2012 at 4:23pm

Oh yeah, and I'm Your Man is another fave

Comment by skibby on February 7, 2012 at 4:27pm

What a beautiful quote for the Day. ;-)

Yeah, I think LC is pretty amazing,

but here's something that will astonish you, christine: I  see Bob Dylan as a poet, and NOT as a singer/songwriter ;-0

I know, right? How dare I? ;p

Comment by skibby on February 7, 2012 at 4:33pm

Leonard Cohen = songwriter

Peter Gabriel = songwriter

Randy Newman = songwriter

Bob Dylan = poet who sings his poems.

(yes, I know I'm gonna get flack for this, and I edited out Springsteen because he does write music & lyrics like a songwriter)

Comment by Marcel on February 7, 2012 at 4:38pm

@skibby

Where's our young Lord Jim to give you a lecture about the etymology of the word "lyrics"?

Comment by skibby on February 7, 2012 at 4:46pm

@Marcel: it's just that, for me, music can speak to and move me without words, in a way that simply cannot be described using words from any language, yet when you get a song that speaks to me through both the words and the music, that to me, is a complete song.

Dylan Never has touched me, musically, ever.

But I can appreciate his words, as a poet.

Comment by christine-quintessential on February 7, 2012 at 4:46pm

@ Dana, ah yes hallelujah, sometimes I prefer Rufus's version and sometimes KD Lang's, not so keen on Leonard's version which is surprising. Love So long Marianne and another fav is Famous Blue raincoat, in fact so many favorites lol

@ skibby, yes that quote is sooo what I think. Real, deep love IS often cruelly painful, and light (understanding) can be too much. As for Bob Dylan of course he's a poet, a very perceptive one.

@ Robert @LAST, ah we all have poems and music within, it's just a matter of getting them out lol

Comment by christine-quintessential on February 7, 2012 at 5:07pm

@ lima, wow not heard that version before, very different take on it, cheers.

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