That sounds good Lisa! Let's give it a try and hopefully everyone will respond to let me know you all made it over.LisaLCFan wrote: ↑Thu Apr 27, 2017 12:03 amHmm, we've not heard from Vickie for a few days. Hope she's okay and just happily lost in Various Positions. I suppose, Vickie, this little break in the action might be a good time to relocate this discussion to the Music section (so as not to continue to clutter this one):
Regarding my impressions of studio album #7:
I have had a different reaction to this one and it is taking me a while to sort it out. At first I was like, “Hmmm… not too sure if I like this.” I know Lisa…. shocking, right? It was nothing like DOALM of course so no worries there, but neither was it like my ‘stop the car to catch my breath’ reactions that I have had to so many of his other albums (most notably, albums #1 and #3).
The sweeping melody and harmonies and then the Casio playing on “Various Positions” all added up to something I have never been partial to….“Pop”. I mean, I know LC is often listed as a Pop artist or even Easy Listening (as well as Singer-Songwriter and Folk which are more up my alley). Maybe the genre confusion is part of why I had never made a point to listen to his music, even though I knew I should. Then he passed, and I thought to myself, “Look at all this adoration. What is it with this Leonard Cohen guy? Why does he have this nearly reverent following, not only among his fans but even other artists that you love?” to which I replied, “Yeah but he plays Pop” and countered with, “Well, what about the poetry?” So I got the book (Sylvie Simmons') and read about him and became even more curious. Then, imagine my EXTREME pleasure when I heard his first album! It was everything I loved without knowing it. I am a huge Dylan fan, and I had found someone better (!!!! Are you kidding me????) I am now a total convert and love everything Leonard now.
So when I first heard “Various Positions,” I was like, "Uh oh...here is it, here is the Pop." I was out of my comfort zone. Not totally, but enough that I was like “Dang it!” But, as I listened to it that first time, I did start to like the second half of the album more than the first. For one it starts with “Hallelujah”, and there is nothing anyone can ever say about that song that isn’t praise. Still, listening to his ‘original’ version was amazing and spine tingling and then I got over myself and said, “Vickie, stop categorizing this and just listen”. Like Lisa told me, my reaction to this album will be what I am open to, (or something like that, sorry for paraphrasing Lisa). Then I also LOVED “Hunter’s Lullaby” which is much too short in my mind and also “Heart With No Companion” (“…for the mother in confusion, her cradle still unfilled…. Though your promise count for nothing, you must keep it nonetheless….). So I listened to the whole thing again and I realized that Lisa is right. The tracks are a perfect blend of melody and lyrics!
So now I love “Various Positions” as much as the rest! Amazing. I know I will find new things to love about it as I continue to get to know it. It takes me at least a couple weeks to really experience each album. Thank you for opening my mind Leonard Cohen and to everyone here for holding my hand along this way.
We still have that dog turning our home upside down and spring is still kicking our butts on this little farm, but I will write again soon after I have more time with #7.