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by Lilifyre
Sun May 09, 2010 4:22 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Bird on a Wire....new concept
Replies: 1
Views: 1007

Bird on a Wire....new concept

A friend of mine posted this on FaceBook and of course, I thought of our dear Leonard. Kinda gives new meaning to the song "Bird on a Wire", don't you think???

http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2009/09/this- ... composers/

Lili
by Lilifyre
Sat May 08, 2010 5:49 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: The Guests
Replies: 13
Views: 5020

Re: The Guests

I want to thank all who have contributed here. This song has been haunting me for some time now.....since before I began this thread. Like so many of Leonard's songs, it's only by bouncing my thoughts off those of all the rest of you that things become clearer. So often, one of Leonard's songs begin...
by Lilifyre
Mon May 03, 2010 6:04 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: The Guests
Replies: 13
Views: 5020

Re: The Guests

This song has been haunting me lately. The melody alone is enough to reach my soul and touch the hidden corners thereof. When you add in the words it becomes so much more. Leonard describes it as "a new soul entering the world". It seems to me that description fits both the beginning and ending of l...
by Lilifyre
Wed Apr 28, 2010 7:19 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: The Guests
Replies: 13
Views: 5020

The Guests

This seems to be my new favorite song. I had overlooked it previously. It is such a mixture of melancholy and celebration. I came across a live version on YouTube where Leonard describes it as a new soul coming into the world....a birth. It certainly fits that description. Birth is a mixture of sorr...
by Lilifyre
Fri Apr 09, 2010 12:27 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 35579

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Looking from a humanistic or secular point of view I always took ‘waiting for the miracle’ to mean ‘waiting for the impossible’ (dream). I think that on the road towards a good and meaningful life one of the things one has to do is take responsibility for ones life and actions; be brave, make decis...
by Lilifyre
Thu Apr 08, 2010 8:43 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 35579

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

In speaking of "Miracles", an old story came to mind. In the early days of the State of Israel, I think following either the 6 Day War or the Yom Kippur War, one of the founders (sorry can't recall if it was Ben Gurion, Golda Meier, or someone else) was asked if the Israeli's victory was seen as a "...
by Lilifyre
Wed Apr 07, 2010 4:57 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?
Replies: 163
Views: 35579

Re: Are Leonard Cohen's lyrics influenced by Buddhism?

Remote1 wrote: "I am wondering why you think Leonard chose the word "miracle" to be so prominent in this song; it seems to me this is more of a Jewish/Muslim/Christian concept than a Buddhist one. But I could be wrong, of course... Are there miracles in the Buddhist religion?" I have no idea of the ...
by Lilifyre
Wed Apr 07, 2010 6:48 am
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: The Bells
Replies: 26
Views: 5244

Re: The Bells

Very nicely put, St.Theresa. Not everyone agrees on what is pleasing to the ear. Each different culture has its own norms. As they say, "Beauty is in the eye (or in this case, the ear) of the beholder. There is no need to disparage one culture in order to promote another. I come to this forum to sha...
by Lilifyre
Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:22 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: The Window
Replies: 20
Views: 11010

Re: The Window

After reviewing the Song of Songs, I don't so much see the phrase: "lay your rose on the fire" as a reference to Song of Songs as I see it referencing the Tree of Life concept that I have mentioned previously. The only way to know if Leonard was drawing a reference to Song of Songs, one would have t...
by Lilifyre
Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:03 pm
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: The Bells
Replies: 26
Views: 5244

Re: The Bells

Geoffrey, I for one, do not appreciate your last statement: "but of course working class ignoramuses who lack any capacity to understand the concept of good taste can enjoy what cultured people regard as awful - that is a fact i understand and respect." We certainly can disagree on this forum withou...
by Lilifyre
Tue Apr 06, 2010 4:22 pm
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: idealism and tragedy
Replies: 4
Views: 1154

Re: idealism and tragedy

Johnny7moons, I'll offer my opinion on you questions. That is all it is, MY opinion and not to be taken as representative of any particular school of thought. However, if you have read some of the other threads I've participated in, you know that I see things from a Jewish perspective. Getting 2 Jew...
by Lilifyre
Tue Apr 06, 2010 3:15 pm
Forum: Comments & Questions
Topic: The Bells
Replies: 26
Views: 5244

Re: The Bells

I'm going to chime in on this thread (no pun intended ;-) ) As for Buffy St.Marie, I feel that her voice is, shall we say an "acquired taste"? She has a great deal of tremolo when she sings. I was a big fan of hers years ago and I still like listening to her on occasion, but her voice is not one I c...
by Lilifyre
Mon Apr 05, 2010 11:08 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Sad, sorrowful, depressing, suicidal, or cathartic???
Replies: 15
Views: 5757

Re: Sad, sorrowful, depressing, suicidal, or cathartic???

Philip, couldn't agree more about Leonard being bigger than Elvis. In my book there is no comparison! I love Leonard's music, and along with it his sense of humor and his wisdom shine thru like a beacon in the night. When I speak of some of his songs as sad or sorrowful, tho, that's not a criticism....
by Lilifyre
Thu Apr 01, 2010 6:06 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Lines that get you every time
Replies: 155
Views: 38478

Re: Lines that get you every time

richgmorgan wrote:"And you who had the honour of her evening
And by that honour, had your own restored ....."
I was just thinking about this one this morning. :o Was about to post it myself. Thanks for adding it. Great minds think alike, I guess ;-)

Lili
by Lilifyre
Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:43 pm
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Sad, sorrowful, depressing, suicidal, or cathartic???
Replies: 15
Views: 5757

Re: Sad, sorrowful, depressing, suicidal, or cathartic???

When I checked my mail this morning, I found a link to this song by Leonard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JlD2Ya6uGcc I've only listened to this song a few times, but I suppose it wasn't the right time until this morning. It fits my thoughts about this thread perfectly. In typical Leonard fashion,...

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