Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

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Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby jarkko » Thu Aug 21, 2014 2:32 pm

I have been visiting the Leonard Cohen files for some time now. It's a wonderful part of his story, a place full of love and attention.

I'm writing to you because I've written a song for Leonard. It will be the first single from my second album (given as a free download) and I'll release it for his 80th birthday (like many other songs and tributes I have no doubt!).

I wondered first of all what your members might think of the song.. Here it is, with the video:

http://youtu.be/hsiY6j0MVjg

I am also throwing Leonard a "birthday party" on the 22nd Sept. As well as my own performance I have special guests coming to sing his songs and read his poetry, including the amazing Barb Jungr. Here are the details, for anyone in London.. http://1934.eventbrite.co.uk

Lail Arad

p.s. maybe you'd also like to see the single from my first album.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yrgnkd-Lsl8

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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby siempie1956 » Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:36 pm

I suggest we take 1 LC song. Jarkko you decide which, in order to save time.
We all make a short clip with one word from that song - again Jarkko you decide. Then the song is played which each of us saying one word and a clip is made. Is there a better way to honor the Master?
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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby Hartmut » Thu Aug 21, 2014 7:34 pm

I wondered first of all what your members might think of the song..
Well, I like it a lot. The melody, the lyrics, the singing, the arrangement, ... the whole package.
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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby imaginary friend » Fri Aug 22, 2014 5:20 am

Lail, I love your sweet and funny birthday song for Leonard! Thanks for sharing with us.
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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby AlanM » Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:13 am

I love the song, I love your voice, I love the sentiment, and I love the subtle undertones of the video.

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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby Marino » Mon Sep 01, 2014 3:54 pm

Great song! Congratulations for Lail and Leonard! :D
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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby Donata » Mon Sep 01, 2014 4:54 pm

Alan said already what I would have liked to say and can't express better:

"I love the song, I love your voice, I love the sentiment, and I love the subtle undertones of the video."

I'm sure Lenny will like the song, too. Thanks for sharing.

(I also like your song and video: "Everyone is going to Berlin")
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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby MaryB » Tue Sep 02, 2014 7:23 am

Lail,

I really like this song - everything about it! Hope LC hears it.

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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby Judy » Tue Sep 02, 2014 8:50 am

I like the song too .. what a great voice! Hoping all those who live near go to the birthday party!
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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby Lail Arad » Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:47 pm

Hello..

Thank you so much for all these comments - from all around the world - they really meant a lot coming from such experts!

Here is a live video of the song as performed at the "birthday party" launch show…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDZaGw6BlNk

And I'm attaching some photos too..

Thank again!

Lail
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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby Lail Arad » Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:51 pm

a few more photos..
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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby Lail Arad » Sun Sep 28, 2014 3:54 pm

and a few special illustrations for the night by my friend Adi Hollander...
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Re: Birthday song by Lail Arad & b-day party in London

Postby purpletrousers » Thu Sep 08, 2016 3:29 am

Having been re-inspired by encountering Lail live a few days ago, nor surprise to find this thread!
So do we know if Lenny ever got to hear this?

Rather sad I missed out on knowing about the 80th birthday party, but then it has been 6 years since I came on here!
(still sad i never got the heavy hints to come to the fan party & meet LC in 2007, but sometimes we learn more by not getting what we want perhaps?!)

I had a wonderful interaction today with an academic I had to host through work, i had a nagging urge to name LC as we were connecting on so many levels of anthropology/philosophy/progressive mental health care etc, and of course she's a massive fan...

It was therefore a delight that while she had been doing her external examiner thing, i'd unwrapped my copy of Lail's new album, in book form, she beamed at reading the lyrics to this song, and i think will now come see LA live...

I'd not quite got it together to buy it on the weekend, so was delighted to pick it up from the Post Office today, in book form! Lail has done a high quality vinyl version and, a genius move, a lyric book with - if I'd realised I'd have snapped it up on the weekend... a download code on the bookmark, I'd heartily recommend getting both things of beauty...

I don't think the novelty will wear off of this book release and it certainly works well for me as a beautiful alternative to a CD, so here you go....

The Onion!
Vinyl - http://bit.ly/2a0M9bk
Book - http://bit.ly/29YLzt0
iTunes - http://apple.co/29GXaJB
Spotify - http://spoti.fi/29E8nz9

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