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by mat james
Mon Feb 06, 2017 3:48 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 156127

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Kudos to all that has been said so far...and below is my take on things. It is only one opinion among many, of course; I always look for the divine essence in Leonard's work and that is my happy folly. 8) :) It’s about “light”. Leonard has said that he uses a special “vocabulary” which he derives fr...
by mat james
Sun Feb 05, 2017 3:28 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 156127

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Wow! Where have I been? Joe and Doron and Diane,Judy and so many other players at the "table". Great thread. I have surfed through it and enjoyed the fun; so thanks. I was gifted the "album" for Christmas. Love it. (Hugs and xxxes to Leonard.) I have been roaming around it and sauntering through it,...
by mat james
Mon Nov 21, 2016 1:21 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: So long Marianne
Replies: 26
Views: 18186

Re: So long Marianne

I just stumbled on this on youtube. It's beautiful.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E2WygnHH2z4
by mat james
Fri Nov 11, 2016 7:46 am
Forum: News
Topic: Leonard Has Passed Away
Replies: 696
Views: 229349

Re: Leonard Has Passed Away

I can't express how much pleasure he has given me...

...dance me...til we're gathered safely in...
dance me to the end of love...

and I'll keep dancing too

MatbellybuttongazerJ
by mat james
Tue Sep 20, 2016 3:07 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Dean's Art/time capsule
Replies: 6
Views: 1049

Re: Dean's Art/time capsule

Hi Boss,

"If it be your will,
If it be your will".

http://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/album8.html#65

MatbbgJ
by mat james
Tue Sep 20, 2016 2:54 pm
Forum: Thanks for the Dance
Topic: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART
Replies: 100
Views: 94194

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Hi Cate :) thanks for the positives. I would have answered earlier but I was away and had forum access issues. With regard to this song of Leonard's and his songs in general, they are forever rolling around in my mind and on occasions I just can't help myself...I just have to say something (on the f...
by mat james
Sun Sep 11, 2016 3:35 pm
Forum: Thanks for the Dance
Topic: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART
Replies: 100
Views: 94194

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Hi Boss, You got me thinking Boss, and you were right. So I thought a little more deeply and sauntered a little more. Thanks for the kick in the butt. I understand that your interpretation usually differs from mine...and that is healthy. I wish you well. I can't say for you, but perhaps I'm... "Just...
by mat james
Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:53 am
Forum: Thanks for the Dance
Topic: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART
Replies: 100
Views: 94194

Re: FROM LEONARD: HAPPENS TO THE HEART

Below is the poem/song. The red comments are my brief interpretation/impression of the verse alongside. As always, keep to your own understanding of the poem...but here is mine; flawed no doubt, but mine all the same. HAPPENS TO THE HEART I was always working steady But I never called it art I was f...
by mat james
Fri Sep 09, 2016 3:51 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Dean's Art/time capsule
Replies: 6
Views: 1049

Dean's Art/time capsule

Dean Engelhardt, one of us "Cohenites" (Australian branch) attended a series of Leonard Cohen Concerts back in 2010 in the Antipodes! And through artistic photography and cohenite-inclusive writing, Dean presented a C.D. cover for each concert...massive endeavor, really and well worth a re-look, in ...
by mat james
Mon Apr 11, 2016 4:14 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: "The Guests"
Replies: 1
Views: 9391

Re: "The Guests"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBdOr2iRGRc It is a bit quiet around here so I thought I would play the Shaitan and look at "The Guests" from that deep atheist who lurks, Shilo-like, among my Void. "Just One Of Those Things" It was just one of those things (death and transience) Just one of those cr...
by mat james
Mon Mar 28, 2016 6:09 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's poetry and novels
Topic: "The Guests"
Replies: 1
Views: 9391

"The Guests"

What a song ... the haunting melancholy. I almost weep when it whispers to my ears, seeps into my thoughts, sinks among my unconscious moon-less midnight void..and then the "torches flare"...what a song...what wonderful, wonderful Wine: Drunk sublime, I saunter or"stumble" onward and inward... I'll ...
by mat james
Fri Nov 13, 2015 7:15 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Melbourne Story
Replies: 438
Views: 61247

Re: Melbourne Story

The chestnut by the eaves
In magnificent bloom
Passes unnoticed
By men of this world.

Basho.
by mat james
Thu Nov 12, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Melbourne Story
Replies: 438
Views: 61247

Re: Melbourne Story

Yes, the Mesiah was on the money with Cate. You know Adam, I love the beauty of my Judae-Christian heritage, but I have absorbed it and moved on. I take seriously that zen saying about the fingers and the moon, now, and I am happier for it. I am really enjoying Basho's " The Narrow Road to the Deep ...
by mat james
Wed Nov 11, 2015 10:04 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: Melbourne Story
Replies: 438
Views: 61247

Re: Melbourne Story

Now you're talkin'


Think outside the Pork....good move Boss.

Mat.
by mat james
Mon May 25, 2015 3:57 am
Forum: Writing, Music and Art by the Forum members
Topic: ...like a free-range chook
Replies: 4
Views: 1053

Re: ...like a free-range chook

To be truly "freerange" one must be willing to "be" ,
truly naked
truly cage-less
to pen the Pen
whether worker, featherless-presser or poet.

...well you know what it's like, sideways; being a free-range featherless,ironing chook yourself!

cockadoodle, Mat.

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