MaryB wrote:I also found this interesting http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q= ... bDSI6xPX9w
brightnow wrote:Reminder: while we are all mortal, Mr. Cohen is (as far as we know) in good health and will (hopefully) live for many more happy and creative years. Let's hold the eulogies and farewells and just enjoy the work.
holydove wrote:...There are many people who, like Leonard Cohen, start contemplating immortality/death at a very young age
brightnow wrote:If we're going to peel the layers of this song, it is probably worth it to mention the outer, most obvious layer: "Banjo" is a song inspired by the tragedy of hurricane Katrina. It has a very distinct New Orleans sound, and much of the imagery (the deadly, contaminated sea, washed-out graves, debris made of people's belongings floating out to sea) is taken directly from the scenes of that particular natural disaster.
Andrew (Darby) wrote:Hi Avi,
I think I'm missing some vital piece of information: where did you come across the reference to this lyric being a derivative from hurricane Katrina or is this your postulate?
He [LC] is reluctant to say too much about where his inspiration comes from, but reveals that "Banjo" came from Hurricane Katrina. "After Katrina ... I saw that culture dismantled, and I think that the image of a broken banjo floating in the dark came out of that deep discomfort that had been imposed on all our psyches."
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