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by Joe Way
Sat Nov 12, 2016 8:26 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Yes, Blonde Madonna, it was in Hamilton, Ontario that we met and had the great pleasure of traveling with you and Jim to Niagra Falls and we met Sharon Robinson in the elevator that night. Such great memories and such a good connection-and it was great to see you in Dublin a couple of years ago. I w...
by Joe Way
Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:00 am
Forum: News
Topic: Leonard Has Passed Away
Replies: 694
Views: 146463

Re: Leonard Has Passed Away

Just feeling so sad right now-we honor the life of a magnificent artist and a very good man. Rest In Peace, dear Leonard.

Deep condolences to Adam, Lorca, Leonard's family and friends.
by Joe Way
Thu Nov 10, 2016 3:22 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Blond Madonna, you are always one of my favorite posters and analyser of Leonard's poems and songs. Speaking strictly as a man, I would say that a naked women would greatly improve (or trump as I'm seeing as a possibility today), the whole spiritual nature to which Leonard speaks. I vote Naked Woman...
by Joe Way
Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:25 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

First let me thank Abby, Judy & Jean for your encouraging words (and Maarten earlier in the thread). I write this much for myself as it helps me to clarify my thinking about the album. And like, Doron I encourage you and all others to comment on the songs-as Doron has said-there is no single "take" ...
by Joe Way
Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:18 am
Forum: Leonard Cohen's music
Topic: Simple Kindness
Replies: 7
Views: 5902

Re: Simple Kindness

I just love his line "And simple Kindness here." It just seems so touching, so egoless.

If you get a chance to see and hear Sharon Robinson perform this song in her concert, don't pass it up-it is just great!

Joe
by Joe Way
Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:12 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

I wrote a review of 'You want it darker' and posted it at http://studentat60.blogspot.co.uk/ I hope you enjoy reading it. teresaq, Thank you for a nice read. I think that age & pain has changed Leonard recently. I saw it with my mother who was 17 years older than Leonard and lived to 96. My sister ...
by Joe Way
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:55 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Love the groove on that track and its jauntiness is perfectly placed after the weight of the first two and of course before the might of Leaving the Table announces itself. Yes, I, too believe that Leaving the Table is a major song, but want to let Doron comment on On The Level before I give my tho...
by Joe Way
Fri Nov 04, 2016 12:59 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Yes, Doron-the Forum has been a wonderful gift, it has changed Anne & my life in a way that I never could have imagined prior to Jarkko's foray into the inter webs back in 1995. I can still fondly remember asking Anne if she would like to visit Hydra, Greece and her enthusiastic reply and then the s...
by Joe Way
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:43 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Well, I don't know if I have many other insights. The song "Treaty" seems so crucial and is such a beautiful song that I can't help feeling that there is much here for us to ponder on. I look back to some of Leonard's songs from Various Positions and Ten New Songs that seem to deal with this subject...
by Joe Way
Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:57 pm
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

"“Jubilee” – In the Bible (Leviticus, 25:8-17, the original Hebrew word is “Yovel”) the Jubilee occurs once every 50 years, and in that year all the slaves should go free and all the fields revert to their original owners. I think that for LC it might have symbolized his release from the shackles of...
by Joe Way
Sat Oct 29, 2016 12:54 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Well, I've listened again and again. I've also taken the time to read more carefully everyone else's thoughts here in this thread. There should always be an attempt to determine what an artist is suggesting by his work, but even more importantly that work can cause a person to have thoughts that rea...
by Joe Way
Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:44 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

Hi Doron, Thank you for your thoughts and your kind words about my first thoughts on listening to this autumnal work from Leonard. I agree that Leonard weaves enough mystery into his songs to defy a definitive interpretation of any of his works, but that doesn't mean that we can't suggest directions...
by Joe Way
Tue Oct 25, 2016 4:00 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

I’ll start by saying that I think Treaty is just a wonderful song-we are treated to one of the few melodies that Leonard writes these days-and isn’t it terrific? A long time ago, Leonard wrote that he believed that the order of the songs on his album became important, but I can’t find the quote and ...
by Joe Way
Mon Oct 24, 2016 5:30 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

You Want It Darker At the outset, let me say I love this album. I haven’t been so seduced by an album since either “Various Positions” or “Recent Songs.” I was one of the fortunate few who got to hear it streamed in Amsterdam. I wasn’t listening critically at the time-it was a perk, a great benefit ...
by Joe Way
Mon Oct 24, 2016 2:36 am
Forum: You Want It Darker
Topic: The Darker Album and the Songs
Replies: 341
Views: 89988

Re: The Darker Album and the Songs

I bought the album on Friday and had a family wedding about 3 hours north of here that we left for immediately. We had our darling little 4 year old Lulu with us so had to keep the album low and couldn't hear the words very well. On our return, Lulu wasn't with us and I listened to the album at leas...

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