Field Commander Cohen takes Amsterdam
STAGGERING* was the apt word used by the music reporter of the Dutch quality newspaper NRC. He referred to the fabulous two and a half hour concert of Saturday night July 12, 2009 in Amsterdam by Leonard Cohen.
Singer-songwriter, poet, high priest, sage and philosopher Leonard Cohen stunned the large open-air Amsterdam audience by his presence, the baritone quality of his voice and the humble way in which he moved about, and gave credit to his band of 6 multi talented instrumental musicians and his three female singers who wove their tapestry of glory. The lead female chorister was Sharon Robinson, co-composer and also co-singer on the album “Twelve new songs”. And then there were the Webb sisters, Charley and Hattie, females of angelic appearance and heavenly voice. Being sisters, the effect of their close harmony carried ones mind away… it makes one think of the Beach Boys team, where family members with almost identical voice boxes also create a profound, almost eerie effect.
The opening song of the first set brought immediate emotion to the hushed public. I started to cry and told myself: Stop crying! Shut up and pay attention! And listen to Field Commander Cohen as he takes Amsterdam. The sun decided to do a 1970’s style Light Show as it neared the clouds near the horizon. At the very end 200 raindrops gently caressed our hair and skins.
Next to me were a young male + female couple from Istanbul, Turkey. They had flown in especially for this concert. About 25 years old they were and their faces lit up. Radiation. Smiles. Half dancing. Beautiful.
And now. Cold turkey? I have just seen the most holy music performance of my whole life. Where is the DVD? Where is the CD? Audio track? I desperately want to relive the sound track of any part of the World Tour. The bits and pieces now shown on Youtube have often been filmed by mobile phones and do not do justice to the event… sounding thin and tinny. Who has captured something worthwhile and is willing to share?
Dance Me To The End Of Love
Ain't No Cure For Love
Bird On The Wire
In My Secret Life
Who By Fire
Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye
Tower Of Song
I'm Your Man
Take This Waltz
So Long, Marianne
First We Take Manhattan
Sisters of Mercy
If It Be Your Will
I Tried to Leave You
Whither Thou Goest
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*(In Dutch: verbluffend, also to be translated as astounding, stunning, astonishing, amazing, making one speechless...). In English ‘staggering’ crops up when LC sings about the Sermon on the Mount.