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by Diane
Wed Dec 14, 2016 12:55 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Vicki, your memories of the Amsterdam concert cause me to smile as I imagine your happy surprise when that setlist was suddenly bestowed upon you. And your story reminds me in turn that it was memories of an incredibly moving 2008 concert (that somebody sparked for me elsewhere on the forum) that le...
by Diane
Tue Dec 13, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Vicki, you are being real, rather than scrutinising text. Thank you x. I haven't read I'm Your Man either (but mostly because I have a poor habit of starting books and not finishing them). Noticing how he lived his life, investigating and analysing not primarily other people's works, but his own sel...
by Diane
Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Well said, Vicki. He does bypass everything and go straight to the heart. In a sense, we make less of what he created for us, rather than more, when we add our paltry analyses. That said, I think discussing his work is certainly one way of embracing it. Sorry to hear of your great losses. Over the y...
by Diane
Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:43 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

I think we are all wrestling with this one, so I look at my own life as a supposed "separate self," which automatically creates "the other." This could be me and God, me and a guru, me and a lover, etc. Because in this set-up in which we are all embroiled, there is only One Self and a posited "othe...
by Diane
Tue Dec 13, 2016 4:21 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Great post, Vicki - yours is a so-obvious-that-we-overlooked-it interpretation, and it does ring true. I am glad we are touching on the music in the album - it is beautiful, and deeply enhancing to the songs (unlike, imo, some of the binging and bonging on previous albums). Welcome Ignacio, that's a...
by Diane
Tue Dec 13, 2016 12:42 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Great stuff from you again, Jean. It is becoming clear what it was about Leonard Cohen that was so immense. I wonder what it was I wonder what it meant At first he touched on love But then he touched on death And what are us acolytes to do, now that the priest has died? I better hold my tongue I bet...
by Diane
Sun Dec 11, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Yes, I recall you telling me about your Ophelia film project, Violet. I know you'd put a lot of work into it, so I'm sorry to hear it didn't come to fruition. When you complete your novel, please put up some information on the forum for us. Your recent analysis of the literary devices LC uses is a f...
by Diane
Thu Dec 08, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: The Summer Tour 2008
Topic: CONCERT REPORT: Big Chill (August 3)
Replies: 51
Views: 41272

Re: CONCERT REPORT: Big Chill (August 3)

"routeoz02" has just uploaded a number of videos to YouTube for this show. (YouTube video links previously posted in the thread are no longer valid - accounts cancelled) Dance Me to the End of Love https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuNwXMfhM21veWrL46HdHVw Ain't No Cure for Love https://www.youtube.c...
by Diane
Wed Dec 07, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Surrender, thanks for copying the earlier incarnation of the song. Violet, good to see you back here. You and subsequent posters managed to articulate the depth that comes through from Better Way , to do it better justice. Thanks too for causing me to read the marvellous article by Leonard's Rabbi t...
by Diane
Mon Dec 05, 2016 8:20 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Good to see you back, Doron. I can't find much to add about Better Way. It could have been written by a Christian who has just about lost faith. Sounded like the truth/But it's not the truth today might be alluding to an Eastern point of view. J Krishnamurti said it well: He alone shall know truth w...
by Diane
Sun Nov 27, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Just thought of this:
Desert rose is the colloquial name given to rose-like formations of crystal clusters of gypsum or baryte which include abundant sand grains. The 'petals' are crystals...fanning open in radiating flattened crystal clusters.
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by Diane
Thu Nov 24, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: Other music
Topic: Bluesman Bob Walsh
Replies: 4
Views: 3151

Re: Bluesman Bob Walsh

Yes, Bartleby's poem is gentle and tender. It alludes to fragrances. Like (Leonard and Anjani's) Blue Alert: There's perfume burning in the air/Bits of beauty everywhere; like On the Level: Your crazy fragrance all around/Your secrets all in view. I am reminded of The Beauty Of Death by Khalil Gibra...
by Diane
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:33 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 348
Views: 82924

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

[I've just read a bit of the preceding page and agree with what Stuart84 has said, regarding Leonard's prophetic nature. This album, You Want It Darker, appears to me to be prophetic, as well... and I was grateful that his passing was the day before vs the day after our election here. I believe tha...
by Diane
Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:08 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: The poetry of "Ten New Songs"
Replies: 153
Views: 67952

Re: The poetry of "Ten New Songs"

A very interesting convergence of ideas, Dagmaman. Thanks for dropping by with your insight on Land of Plenty.
Tchocolatl wrote:Call it closet optimist, who sings hope in the most desperate situation. I still mean the song.
I imagine God is indeed a closet optimist.
by Diane
Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:56 am
Forum: Other music
Topic: "Mr. Misunderstood"
Replies: 15
Views: 5597

Re: "Mr. Misunderstood"

Flash back to the 'old days', Kush and Steven, with you two talking about Springsteen:-)

Nice Obama speech for the Boss. "The narrative you tell together is bigger than anyone could have told on their own."

Au revoir once again.

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