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by Jean Fournell
Tue Mar 10, 2020 10:48 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 596
Views: 67339

Re: never-ending gallery

Introspection is no less of a problem than other human enterprises... I believe that there are far greater problems that some humans face than an attempt at self-awareness. ;-) I agree, obviously. But then I think that — in most cases — hunger, disease, old age, and death are not exactly "human ent...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Mar 09, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 596
Views: 67339

Re: never-ending gallery

Hello Lisa, please be reassured! My link was not aimed at anyone, it was just an association. Georges Brassens wrote this song as a reaction to suggestions that he might become more famous (and make more money) if he got himself involved in a few scandals. According to what I read here and there — a...
by Jean Fournell
Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:26 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 735
Views: 131722

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Its4inthemorning, I'm glad you added this update to the first part of your essay: Edit 2/7/20: I was leafing through Sylvie's "I'm Your Man" and see that I should have offered thanks to Rob Hallet as well as to Robert Kory for being instrumental in Leonard's decision to tour again; Hallet, a promine...
by Jean Fournell
Fri Feb 28, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: never-ending gallery
Replies: 596
Views: 67339

Re: never-ending gallery

I agree,Geoffrey. Prompted by the Corona panic, this morning I ordered an English translation of Jean Giono's "Le Hussard sur le toit". In this novel, the panic reactions to the 1832 cholera epidemic here in Provence play an important part. If the translation is worth reading (the original is !), I'...
by Jean Fournell
Wed Jan 01, 2020 10:11 pm
Forum: Thanks for the Dance
Topic: Happens to the Heart - song and video released
Replies: 51
Views: 10173

Re: Happens to the Heart - song and video released

"go tell the young Messiah." Here I'm sorry, but I must disagree. There is an important typo in that quote. This is what the poem says in S1L5-8: Sure it failed my little fire But it's bright the dying spark Go tell the young messiah What happens to the heart And this is what it says in the end, st...
by Jean Fournell
Tue Dec 31, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Thanks for the Dance
Topic: Happens to the Heart - song and video released
Replies: 51
Views: 10173

Re: Happens to the Heart - song and video released

would you prefer that I just ask some questions that I think can demonstrate that you are quite capable of understanding it’s meaning using your own thinking It should be fascinating to witness your maieutics, O Socrates. As for understanding, it being meaning (la compréhension c'est (de) la signif...
by Jean Fournell
Sat Dec 21, 2019 11:21 am
Forum: Live performances & YouTube clips
Topic: "Joan of Arc": 1971, 1993, and 2012
Replies: 2
Views: 668

Re: "Joan of Arc": 1971, 1993, and 2012

On 2nd December 2012, Soundcheck, Québec City, Canada, he has:

No man to keep her armour bright,
no moon to get her through this dark, this very smoky night


Released on "Can't Forget", 2015.

In case you're interested in my little comment:
https://leonardcohenforum.com/viewtopic ... 11&t=36018
by Jean Fournell
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 735
Views: 131722

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Hey, that's a lot of input! Good thoughts, the two of you! For my part, I'm wandering off into details quite a bit, so my contribution (at least for now) is somewhat meagre. Here's what I can come up with so far: ● I'm struck by the 3 + 1 quality of the album — feels to me as though the previous thr...
by Jean Fournell
Mon Dec 09, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: The Heart Sutra
Replies: 0
Views: 2288

The Heart Sutra

The Heart (of Wisdom) Sutra In zen practice, the Heart Sutra is considered the most important text. It is chanted after each meditation. The term "heart", in this context, should be understood as in Leonard Cohen's "The Stranger Song": Please understand, I never had a secret chart to get me to the ...
by Jean Fournell
Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:26 pm
Forum: News
Topic: not quite the end?
Replies: 28
Views: 2612

Re: not quite the end?

"The Little Prince" — Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Chapter 23 "Good morning," said the little prince. "Good morning," said the merchant. This was a merchant who sold pills that had been invented to quench thirst. You need only swallow one pill a week, and you would feel no need of anything to drink. "W...
by Jean Fournell
Thu Nov 28, 2019 12:43 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 735
Views: 131722

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Vickie, I'm glad you liked that performance.
A woman (and such a woman!) singing, embodying a homosexual man's orgasm to a tune by a heterosexual man yes, it's very, very beautiful!

Did you ever try to read my signature as one single sentence?
by Jean Fournell
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:16 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums
Replies: 735
Views: 131722

Re: Along the way... Discovering Leonard's albums

Well, my favourite line from "Happens to the Heart" is in my signature… Ever since the poem was published, I perceive it as Leonard Cohen's last word and testament here on the forum. The song strikes me as older, but not less important. The "guessing — blessing" seem complementary, a bit like "Since...
by Jean Fournell
Wed Nov 27, 2019 9:08 pm
Forum: Thanks for the Dance
Topic: "Thanks for the dance" - the new album
Replies: 217
Views: 33720

Re: "Thanks for the dance" - the new album

Thanks from me, too, Maarten!

Greatly helped me to find the background vocals of Sílvia Pérez Cruz.
by Jean Fournell
Mon Nov 25, 2019 10:12 pm
Forum: Other Writers and Writing
Topic: The unfaithful wife — Federico García Lorca
Replies: 5
Views: 1116

Re: The unfaithful wife — Federico García Lorca

Here a reading of "La casada infiel" with S3L18 "… mis caminos" (my pathways):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94-YZobk-ag

And here a reading of the entire "Romancero gitano":
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhuFqZ6eePY
"La casada infiel" is the sixth romance with S4L3 "La regalé…".

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