Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby lizzytysh » Thu Feb 14, 2008 8:34 pm

Happy Valentine's Day, Leonard and Anjani. Looking forward to seeing you both in concert.
You Have The Lovers

You have the lovers,
They are nameless, their histories only for each other,
And you have the room, the bed, and the windows.
Pretend it is a ritual.
Unfurl the bed, bury the lovers, blacken the windows,
let them live in that house for a generation or two.
No one dares disturb them.
Visitors in the corridor tip-toe past the long closed door,
they listen for sounds, for a moan, for a song:
nothing is heard, not even breathing.
You know they are not dead,
you can feel the presence of their intense love.
Your children grow up, they leave you,
they have become soldiers and riders.
Your mate dies after a life of service.
Who knows you? Who remembers you?
But in your house a ritual is in progress:
It is not finished: it needs more people.
One day the door is opened to the lover’s chamber.
The room has become a dense garden,
full of colours, smells, sounds you have never known.
The bed is smooth as a wafer of sunlight,
in the midst of the garden it stands alone.
In the bed the lovers, slowly and deliberately and silently,
perform the act of love.
Their eyes are closed,
as tightly as if heavy coins of flesh lay on them.
Their lips are bruised with new and old bruises.
Her hair and his beard are hopelessly tangled.
When he puts his mouth against her shoulder
she is uncertain whether her shoulder
has given or received the kiss.
All her flesh is like a mouth.
He carries his fingers along her waist
and feels his own waist caressed.
She holds him closer and his own arms tighten around her.
She kisses the hand beside her mouth.
It is his hand or her hand, it hardly matters,
there are so many more kisses.
You stand beside the bed, weeping with happiness,
you carefully peel away the sheets
from the slow-moving bodies.
Your eyes filled with tears, you barely make out the lovers.
As you undress you sing out, and your voice is magnificent
because now you believe it is the first human voice
heard in that room.
The garments you let fall grow into vines.
You climb into bed and recover the flesh.
You close your eyes and allow them to be sewn shut.
You create an embrace and fall into it.
There is only one moment of pain or doubt
as you wonder how many multitudes are lying beside your body,
but a mouth kisses and a hand soothes the moment away.



~ Leonard Cohen

Happy Valentine's Day to everyone else, too.



Love,
Lizzy
"Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken."
~ Oscar Wilde
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Maybe BARCELONA 2008 (!)

Postby MartaN » Thu Feb 14, 2008 9:28 pm

Wwoooww... what a fantastic new...
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby Undertow » Thu Feb 14, 2008 11:28 pm

I still maintain that the greatest love song Leonard has ever written is "The Sweetest Little Song"

You go your way
I'll go your way too
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby lizzytysh » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:45 am

I agree about the beauty of that poem, Undertow. You need to delete the word "And" to have it be totally correct. I believe Leonard was 17 years old [thereabouts] when he wrote the long poem I copied to here; the years since brought the simplicity and simple truth of the sweet one you quoted. Both fit the day.



~ Lizzy
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~ Oscar Wilde
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby jarkko » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:47 am

I got this from Andrea, she found it at http://delrock.it/news/2008-02/traffic- ... e-date.php
Traffic Torino Free Festival 2008, ecco le date
Il Traffic Torino Free Festival giunge alla quinta edizione. Il festival, interamente gratuito, si terrà nel capoluogo piemontese dall' 8 al 12 luglio. Ancora top secret i nomi degli ospiti, anche se Max Casacci dei Subsonica, direttore artistico del festival, ci ha recentemente confidato che l'edizione 2008 potrebbe essere dedicata al Canada, e che a Torino potrebbe arrivare un mostro sacro canadese come Leonard Cohen o Neil Young. Non accadeva da 15 anni che Cohen progettasse una tournée. Il grande musicista ha deciso di interrompere questo lungo digiuno, annunciando una serie di concerti in Canada, Stati Uniti ed Europa. "Per ora sto allestendo il gruppo di musicisti che verrà con me. Ho bisogno di loro, anche perché sono 14 anni che non suono la chitarra", ha spiegato Cohen, che oggi ha 74 anni. L'autore di Suzanne, Famous Blue Raincoate First We Take Manhattan, ha pubblicato il suo ultimo album di inediti, Dear Heather, nel 2004. Il prossimo 10 marzo, invece, entrera nella Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame.
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby titch » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:54 am

i have just got to know the great mans works at the age of 53, i fully intend to collect every single recording he ever made. The news he will be coming to tour in Europe is great and by hook or crook im going to get me a ticket.When people ask who im currently listening to i reply Leonard Cohen to which i get blank looks.Does anyone know when the tours dates will be coming out.
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby Undertow » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:03 am

lizzytysh wrote:I agree about the beauty of that poem, Undertow. You need to delete the word "And" to have it be totally correct. I believe Leonard was 17 years old [thereabouts] when he wrote the long poem I copied to here; the years since brought the simplicity and simple truth of the sweet one you quoted. Both fit the day.



~ Lizzy
Even with the Book of Longing right next to me, I still manage to get it wrong :D Thanks for pointing it out, I hate misquoting poetry.
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby lizzytysh » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:42 am

You're welcome, Undertow. The "and" is certainly implied, but I know what you mean. Such a meaningful turn of phrase to reveal one of life's lessons.

It's mind boggling to me that Leonard thought, imagined, and wrote as he did at such a young age.


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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby carol-ann » Fri Feb 15, 2008 1:56 am

I have just heard the news and can't wait.
Finally signing up here to make sure I don't miss a thing.
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby Christine » Fri Feb 15, 2008 7:31 am

Hi Jarkko, when I saw your post above re the Traffic Torino Free Festival, I zipped over to freetranslation.com which isn't perfect but a couple of cute things came bouncing out of the translation....
Traffic Turin Free Festival 2008, here the dates The Traffic Turin Free Festival arrives at the fifth edition. The festival, entirely free, itself terrà in the Piedmontese capital dall' 8 to July 12. Still top secret the names of the hosts, even if Max Mischances of the Subsonic, artistic director of the festival, us recently confided that the edition 2008 could be dedicated to the Canada, and that to Turin a sacred monster could arrive Canadian like Leonard Cohen or Neil Young. It did not happen for 15 years that Cohen planned a tour. The large musician decided to interrupt this long with an empty stomach, announcing a series of concerts in Canada, United States and Europe. "For now I am preparing the group of musicians that verrà with myself. I need of them, also because they are 14 years that not sound the guitar", Cohen explained, that today has 74 years. The author of Suzanne, Famous Blue Raincoate First We Take Manhattan, published its last album of unpublished, Dear Heather, in 2004. The next one 10 March, instead, entrera in the Rock' n' Roll Hallway of Hunger.
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby jarkko » Fri Feb 15, 2008 8:57 am

Rock' n' Roll Hallway of Hunger
That's a good one! :razz:
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Postby Teratogen » Fri Feb 15, 2008 11:09 am

...a sacred monster could arrive Canadian like Leonard Cohen or Neil Young... The large musician decided to interrupt this long with an empty stomach.... Cohen explained, that today has 74 years.
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby confetti » Fri Feb 15, 2008 12:08 pm

Teratogen wrote:
Cohen explained, that today has 74 years.
it's gonna be a long day today. :D :D
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby Shansey » Fri Feb 15, 2008 4:30 pm

Still checking everyday for news
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Re: Leonard Cohen: TOUR 2008

Postby wugwell » Fri Feb 15, 2008 6:17 pm

Like the rest of you folks I too am anxious for the latest news of Mr C's tour but hey don't you know there's a war on.There's a war between........

We cant expect Mr C to " care for each fallen sparrow".

Though I am sure he does care.

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