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by John Etherington
Wed Sep 22, 2004 10:50 pm
Forum: Other music
Topic: Joan Baez
Replies: 15
Views: 4732

Joan Baez

Hi Yankovic, Joan Baez has always been politically minded, but to the best of my knowledge not all her folk songs were political songs (I'm sure she sang many traditional songs and love songs too). She helped Dylan's career by bringing him on stage with her, and they had a brief relationship. She wa...
by John Etherington
Wed Sep 22, 2004 7:42 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Nice to see so many new people
Replies: 13
Views: 1698

Hi Paula!

I don't really consider myself a newcomer to the Leonard world, since I've bought every album since Songs From a Room on the day of its release, have read all Leonard's books, and seen him live in London fifteen times (plus the Isle of Wight) etc. etc.! However, when I first tried to get into the me...
by John Etherington
Tue Sep 21, 2004 11:57 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: What's more important? The lyrics or the tune/song?
Replies: 10
Views: 3709

Music or lyrics?

While I'm more into music than poetry, I find it's the combination of the two that makes Leonard's work so great. The way that Leonard sings the songs adds to the greatness, and the atmosphere is further enhanced by the excellent musicians he works with. I feel that Leonard's songs are so personal t...
by John Etherington
Mon Sep 20, 2004 7:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LEONARD!!!
Replies: 168
Views: 58534

Dear Leonard, With Jupiter (the planet of well-being and abundance) transiting your natal Sun, and with the Moon in Sagittarius trining Venus (the planet of love and harmony), I can safely predict that you will have a very happy 70th birthday, and a healthy and successful year ahead. Many Happy Sola...
by John Etherington
Mon Sep 20, 2004 6:29 pm
Forum: Tribute concerts, Cover versions & Soundtracks
Topic: Hallelujah by Julie Felix
Replies: 4
Views: 1552

Julie Felix

Thanks Jarkko...As it happens, I hadn't seen the listing of the new compilation myself. I have Julie's version of "Hallelujah" on her last studio album "I Walk with Beauty" (2003). And Lizzy...Yes, she does sing it!

All good wishes, John E
by John Etherington
Mon Sep 20, 2004 5:57 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Famous Blue Raincoat - What is it about
Replies: 26
Views: 12353

Famous Blue Raincoat

I've always identified this song with the triangle in "Beautiful Losers" - the narrator (who we assume to be Leonard) his wife and "F" , his friend/enemy who had the affair with his wife. The main complication of course is that Leonard says "YOUR famous blue raincoat was torn at the shoulder" (when ...
by John Etherington
Sun Sep 19, 2004 9:26 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: HAVE YOU MET LEONARD?
Replies: 37
Views: 9732

Hi Lizzy!

Thanks for responding to my messages. I've already sent Leonard a personal birthday greeting, but I may put a message on here if I suddenly feel so inspired. I occasionally seem to time things perfectly... I met Jarkko and Eija for the first time in a quque at King's Cross Station. We were both on o...
by John Etherington
Sun Sep 19, 2004 1:23 am
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: Bible Question
Replies: 21
Views: 3372

Genesis

Thanks for bringing this up...I've always been intrigued by the word Elohim, which I believe implies pluarality. I'm open to the idea of there being a feminine dimension to the Godhead (and cetainly Jung was). Another phrase from the first page of Genesis that interests me is the one about stars bei...
by John Etherington
Sun Sep 19, 2004 12:38 am
Forum: Other music
Topic: Brian Wilson
Replies: 1
Views: 978

Brian Wilson

I know that Brian Wilson is not the first person that you expect a Leonard devotee to mention when you ask who else they like....In fact, many (who do not know Brian's work) may even think of him as the opposite pole to Leonard (I can well understand why many may think that the Beach Boys represent ...
by John Etherington
Sun Sep 19, 2004 12:22 am
Forum: Tribute concerts, Cover versions & Soundtracks
Topic: Which is your fav Hallelujah cover?
Replies: 125
Views: 38196

Favourite cover of "Hallelujah"

My favourite cover is definitely the one by John Cale...the song suits his style perfectly. I've heard him play the song several times as an encore at his concerts. I also like Jeff Buckley's version and the version by Julie Felix on her last album "I Walk with Beauty". My favourite Leonard version ...
by John Etherington
Sun Sep 19, 2004 12:13 am
Forum: Live performances & YouTube clips
Topic: Austin City Limits FINALLY on DVD!!
Replies: 6
Views: 4928

Austin City Limits

Thanks Jarkko. I would hope the whole of second the concert is released, as it has to one of the best (possibly the best) live recordings of Leonard.
In fact, I would hope they include some extra material if it exists. I could even live with the corn chip commercials (for old times sake!)
by John Etherington
Sat Sep 18, 2004 11:48 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: When did you first hear of L. C. ?
Replies: 85
Views: 18912

Hey Paula

Thanks for your reply. "The Rock Machine Turns You On" was a revelation for me...it's full of gems. I recently heard "Fresh Garbage" (Spirit) and "Can't Be So Bad" (Moby Grape) on CDs, and they sound as good as ever. Also, I've heard "Time of the Season" (Zombies) and Scarborough Fair" (S & G)live, ...
by John Etherington
Sat Sep 18, 2004 11:29 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: HAVE YOU MET LEONARD?
Replies: 37
Views: 9732

Meeting Leonard

Yes...it was on 7th July 1976 (my 25th birthday). I went to see Leonard at the New Victoria Theatre (now the Apollo, where Bombay Dreams was playing). I saw Leonard there on the 6th, 8th of July also. On 7th I was with an old friend, Johnny Rogan, the rock writer (we were working in a record store i...
by John Etherington
Sat Sep 18, 2004 11:09 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: What other music do you like?
Replies: 221
Views: 45543

Favourite music other than Leonard

Brian Wilson (most especially Smile - released in UK 28TH September 04!) Love with Arthur Lee Nick Drake Felicity Buirski Michael Chapman Bob Dylan John Cale Procol Harum Scott Walker The Walker Brothers Tim Hardin Tim Buckley Jeff Buckley The Incredible String Band Television Patti Smith Julie Feli...
by John Etherington
Sat Sep 18, 2004 10:41 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: When did you first hear of L. C. ?
Replies: 85
Views: 18912

Where it all began

I first heard Leonard on "The Rock Machine Turns You On " compilation singing "Sisters of Mercy". It was 1969, and I was seventeen. I was mesmerised by the song and kept playing it ...unconsciously perhaps, I knew that this song had an integral part in my destiny. I had no idea what Leonard looked l...

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