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by John Etherington
Thu Nov 04, 2004 4:24 pm
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: GEORGE W. BUSH
Replies: 166
Views: 26991

Hi Lizzy

Lizzy - you got it! Bush is a man with a huge inflation and extremely large shadow that he projects "out there" (albeit onto two appropriate hooks). With his parental complexes, he is also trying to please mummy and daddy. Add to this the issues around money and oil, and the bad name he is giving to...
by John Etherington
Thu Nov 04, 2004 2:38 pm
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: GEORGE W. BUSH
Replies: 166
Views: 26991

Hi Teratogen

I understand your anger...it is not disimilar in tone to some of the rage expressed in Leonard's mid-period writings. My own response to seeing a criminal elected to such a powerful position in the world, is the opposite to yours - namely depression. The cover of the Guardian 2 magazine today simply...
by John Etherington
Thu Nov 04, 2004 1:41 am
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: GEORGE W. BUSH
Replies: 166
Views: 26991

Cohen and Bush

From everything I know about Leonard, and using every mode of perception that I can muster, I do not think Leonard would have voted for Bush this time. Personally, I feel so numb today that I cannot even bring myself to play Leonard's new album. This post actually belongs to the "Cohen and Bush" thr...
by John Etherington
Mon Nov 01, 2004 3:31 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Leonard Cohen love songs?
Replies: 15
Views: 8555

Love songs

Hi Brian, Indirectly you raise an important point...Leonard has never written a love song in the "Well be loving each other forever and ever" vein! His most beautiful songs are written to departed or distant lovers (Hey - That's No Way to Say Goodbye, Aiin't No Cure for Love, The Window). When there...
by John Etherington
Thu Oct 28, 2004 1:32 pm
Forum: Live in London, Dear Heather, The Essential Leonard Cohen, Ten New Songs
Topic: The Faith/Can't help Falling in Love
Replies: 8
Views: 2715

Hi Lizzy and Tom

Lizzie - Yes, I am referring to the Elvis song (Blue Hawaii was where my musical journey began). Tom - Yes, I can see the similarity to Lost Canadian (pity The Faith didn't make it onto Recent Songs, instead!).
All good wishes, John E
by John Etherington
Thu Oct 28, 2004 1:00 am
Forum: Live in London, Dear Heather, The Essential Leonard Cohen, Ten New Songs
Topic: The Faith/Can't help Falling in Love
Replies: 8
Views: 2715

The Faith/Can't help Falling in Love

Can anyone else detect a similarity in the melody of these two songs? (I believe that I have a live recording of Leoanrd singing Can't Help Falling in Love). Incidentally The Faith is definitely my favourite track from Dear Heather..it's brought a tear to my eye everytime I've played it. It has to b...
by John Etherington
Tue Oct 26, 2004 10:47 pm
Forum: Other music
Topic: John Cale, Lou Reed and Patti Smith
Replies: 0
Views: 851

John Cale, Lou Reed and Patti Smith

There's no doubt about it, as far as I'm concerned...Cale was the main main in the Velvet clan. It was his extraordinary electric-violin playing that transformed a Dylanesque punk band into something totally revolutionary. His contribution to music since is outstanding...most notably on the beautifu...
by John Etherington
Tue Oct 26, 2004 5:14 pm
Forum: Live performances & YouTube clips
Topic: Leonard touring
Replies: 13
Views: 6832

My joke

Sorry Saron,
I thought it was obvious that I was joking! Maybe you didn't read my post right to the end? Anyway, I hope we all get to see Leonard again...even if he just does a poetry recital with musical accompaniment.
All good wishes, John E
by John Etherington
Tue Oct 26, 2004 5:09 pm
Forum: News
Topic: John Peel Dies
Replies: 8
Views: 1442

John Peel Dies

Sad news...I've just heard that John Peel has died of a heart attack whilst on holiday in Peru. John was a major influence on my musical taste in the late Sixtes/early Seventies. I remember when he was due to have a Leonard live session the following week, and said "next week we've got Leonard Cohen...
by John Etherington
Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:27 am
Forum: Live in London, Dear Heather, The Essential Leonard Cohen, Ten New Songs
Topic: Have you heard Dear Heather?
Replies: 233
Views: 62395

Thoughts on my first listen

Unlike many people who seem to have had Dear Heather for days, or even weeks, I heard it for the first time this evening. I think Go No More More a-Roving is a great opener, both vocally and melodically (the singer Shusha, who has covered a few Leonard songs once recorded a beautiful version of this...
by John Etherington
Mon Oct 25, 2004 11:35 pm
Forum: Live performances & YouTube clips
Topic: Leonard touring
Replies: 13
Views: 6832

Leonard's next tour

Tickets will be £65 and the set will last three hours. The first half hour will be early acoustic songs, followed by classic material with his band. The second half will start with the whole of the "Dear Heather" album, followed by numerous encores in which we can join in on the chorus (assuming of ...
by John Etherington
Sat Oct 23, 2004 11:20 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Favorite LC Album Cover?
Replies: 33
Views: 12045

Best covers

Hi Jerry, I possibly agree with you there. Leonard's first two are quite special for me, because "Songs of LC" was the first album that I saw, and "Songs from a Room" was the first that I bought (I like its starkness and simplicity). "Ladies Man" is classic, too. Overall, I'm not so crazy about Leon...
by John Etherington
Sat Oct 23, 2004 11:13 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Box-Set
Replies: 2
Views: 1342

This refers to the earlir LC Box-Set post

by Jerry.
by John Etherington
Sat Oct 23, 2004 11:10 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Box-Set
Replies: 2
Views: 1342

Box-Set

Since only devotees would be likely to buy this, I don't think a further repackaging of "best material" needs to be included. Far better to include more live stuff and/or perhaps an exclusive DVD. I still think there's room for a "Very Best of Leonard Cohen" collection however (for which I nominate ...
by John Etherington
Sat Oct 23, 2004 10:43 pm
Forum: Live in London, Dear Heather, The Essential Leonard Cohen, Ten New Songs
Topic: Telegraph Saturday 23rd October
Replies: 3
Views: 1516

The Daily Telegraph Article

I find Robert Sandall's "best of" selection fairly predictable, but his selection of "key lyrics" is spot-on (he doesn't even resort to the expected when quoting "Chelsea Hotel 2"). However, I disagree with the writer's assertion that"the 1970s were Cohen's lean years". Let's face it, we got twice a...

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