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by DBCohen
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Diane, Thanks for your thoughts and for the quote from Eliot. Your quoting of it in the context of “Steer Your Way” is very inspired and it brings on many thoughts. However, it also took me in a different direction. Reading the last line of the poem it occurred to me that in my analysis of “The Wind...
by DBCohen
Wed Feb 08, 2017 10:22 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Mat, Thank you for this meditation on “light”, mostly as the contrast to “darkness”, but I would like to add something about “lightness” in “Traveling Light”, although in this song both meanings of the noun occur, as discussed on p. 11 above. The first meaning occurs often in LC’s songs, but the sec...
by DBCohen
Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

mat james wrote:
Wow! Where have I been?


I was wondering the same thing... Welcome back, Mat.
by DBCohen
Sun Feb 05, 2017 4:09 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Violet, Thank you very much for all your effort. The association to Gauguin’s painting is very compelling. Another association for the “yellow sign” at the end of the poem is to the one Jews were forced to ware by the Nazis (and in some places in Europe already in Medieval times); allusions to the H...
by DBCohen
Fri Feb 03, 2017 10:43 am
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: Help - photos of LC from the Yom Kippur war
Replies: 22
Views: 7124

Re: Help - photos of LC from the Yom Kippur war

508.jpg I came upon this photo of LC during the 1973 Yom Kippur War which I don't remember seeing before. Here he is playing with Israeli musician Matti Caspi (who is seen with him also in some of the photos already posted above), against the background of some military vehicles, probably in the Si...
by DBCohen
Thu Feb 02, 2017 8:01 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Violet, Thanks for the impressive image. To your question, I believe that the first mention of Jesus in LC’s work is in the major poem, which also contains the title of the book in which it appeared, “For Wilf And His House”, in Let Us Compare Mythologies (it’s the second poem in the book, p. 16). I...
by DBCohen
Tue Jan 31, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: News
Topic: A Paul Muldoon poem in Memory of LC
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: A Paul Muldoon poem in Memory of LC

There haven’t been many responses to this poem here, which is perhaps not surprising considering its length and difficulty. I had to read it several times and look up several terms before I could make heads or tails of it. Paul Muldoon seems to offer many private associations while moving from one t...
by DBCohen
Mon Jan 23, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: News
Topic: A Paul Muldoon poem in Memory of LC
Replies: 3
Views: 403

A Paul Muldoon poem in Memory of LC

Irish poet Paul Muldoon published the following poem in the January 19, 2017 issue of The New York Review of Books : Superior Aloeswood Paul Muldoon In memory of Leonard Cohen I light a stick of Superior Aloeswood from the box you gave me on South Tremaine when last I visited. You’d conducted us thr...
by DBCohen
Sun Jan 08, 2017 5:10 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Joe, like you, coming back here after a while I found that Diane and others have already said what fundamentally has to be said about this very impressive song, Steer Your Way, for which LC wrote the music as well as the lyrics and which cannot be separated, it seems, from its distinct violin accomp...
by DBCohen
Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:44 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Joe & All,

I too will be preoccupied the coming weeks, but hope to rejoin the discussion next month. Happy holidays,

Doron
by DBCohen
Sat Dec 17, 2016 7:31 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

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Joe,

Thank you very much for bringing those quotes here and also for quoting Rilke’s poem. Would you like to introduce the next track on the album, or should we wait until after the holiday season? Either way would be fine.
by DBCohen
Fri Dec 16, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Violet, I’m sure we can agree on many things: that there are contradictions in LC’s life and work (which is true for any great artist, I would say, and for many others not so blessed); that important things in one’s life and work may change over the years; that there are a lot of ways to approach LC...
by DBCohen
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:04 pm
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Friends, Just a quick note to advise some caution (sorry, that’s me). First, I have a problem with the genre of “Me and…” (recently departed). I would take the article by that rabbi with a big grain of salt (half a kilo, perhaps), especially where he tries to depict himself Roshi-like in LC’s life. ...
by DBCohen
Wed Dec 14, 2016 3:38 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Vicky, You are absolutely right in that LC’s words, music and voice speak directly to our hearts, and that we experience his as a private voice speaking to us and for us. Nothing can take away this deep-rooted attachment. The need some of us feel to also analyze his work does not contradict that bas...
by DBCohen
Tue Dec 13, 2016 11:18 am
Forum: News
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 285
Views: 30980

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Joe, Welcome back. Thank you for pointing out the choir in “It Seemed The Better Way”; I also mentioned its beauty, but did not relate to the fact, which seems ironic, that the synagogue choir is featured on a song with such outstanding Christian motifs. But as you pointed out, in his childhood LC w...

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