Happy Birthday, Leonard!

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Happy Birtday 75years Mr.Leonard

Post by LEONKA » Wed Sep 30, 2009 1:04 am

I wisch you best wishes birtday, a good deal,a good deal psysical and mental health,good luck.I am sorry she was got at your cocert in SLOVAKIA-Bratislava.Because ticket they were booked out.I trust that else again he is sure to come in SLOVAKIA-Bratislava a i shall hear about as asesthetic sing intune.Your songs I love you. Aesthetic syngable call.Are balance abount soul heart sease.Your harddisc I love you.Your eye upon eyes comeliness.De song ice meltaway.I Havegot advice Mr. Leonard. ;-)

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by oblivion » Wed Sep 30, 2009 3:42 am

the years go by, don´t they?
chronia polla, leonard, na eisse kala
ke elpiso para poli na se fleboume ke tou chronou
na dros to melli apo ta kastana
na einne i foni su panta ormofi
ke mas kani na estanume kala
polla filakia ute
frankfurt+munic 1976; nuremberg 1988; lörrach, berlin, frankfurt+london 2008;
new york, cologne, venice, istanbul, prague + barcelona 2009
sligo, berlin, ghent, wiesbaden, strasbourg, marseille, hannover, dortmund, warsaw, las vegas 2010
ghent, helsinki, berlin, dublin, verona, paris...2012
oberhausen, mannheim, bruxelles, lucca, hamburg, odense, amsterdam...2013
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by everybody knows » Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:48 pm

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

This is the solution!

Happy birthday and shana tova!
Dear Mr. Cohen, in honour of your work I decorated things from nine songs as a unique birthday present for you:
1. a pillow............ Hey That´s No Way To Say Goodbye
2. tea from China, an orange and a mirror.......Suzanne
3. wine and cigarettes........Boogie Street
4. a mask...............I´m Your Man
5. a rose................Everybody Knows
6. a lily.................Take This Waltz
7. an angel............So long, Marianne
8. a glove.............Dance Me To The End Of Love
9. Johnny Walker....Closing Time

Everybody knows that I am a fan since my twelfth birthday.
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by LEONKA » Thu Oct 01, 2009 6:40 pm

Happy Birhtday 75 Mr.LEONARD

I wish you lots of love,health & happiness in your music carrer,through out your life.I regret,that i couldn ´t be there at your concert in
Bratislava,Slovakia because all the tickets have been sold out.I hope you will come back to Slovakia one day and I will be able to see you
and hear your music.At least i saw that concert on you tube and it was absolutely amazing. Your voice is so beautifl,simply breathtaking.
Your are very charming and charismatic person. I love your song. They truly melt every ice-cold heart. Your and Anjani are making a beautiful
couple. Have a beautiful day.

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Post by o2marie » Sun Oct 04, 2009 5:18 am

Happy belated birthday, Leonard!
We share one love together: love for the beauty of words. You've been a great source of inspiration to me. You opened new horizons and I feel very grateful for that. Before discovering your work, I thought only French singers were able to write poetry...
This is my tribute: "A Thousand Tears In The Sea". I stole the melody of "A Thousand Kisses Deep" - I hope you don't mind - but at least, I changed the lyrics ;-) I recorded a video of this song on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NtR9kQXMPk and I pasted the lyrics below.
This is a song about discovering a great artist, falling in love with this artist, and finally trying to make the best out of it and just letting ourselves get inspired, separating the artist from the man, the reality from the fantasy.
I hope you'll enjoy all the subtleties of the subtext ;-)

Marie from Berkeley, CA

A Thousand Tears In The Sea
Ode to Leonard Cohen

Video link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NtR9kQXMPk

I fell in love with the beauty
Of golden words whispered to me
I blindly swore fidelity
It was too late for mercy

They stabbed my heart, they wrapped my soul
In a soft and tight embrace
They drew a cross on my forehead
And kisses on my face

On Boogie Street in Babylon
It doesn’t matter where you’re from
Everyone knows the words of wisdom
Everyone sings on the tower of love

The holy dove has been caught again
And it's moving inside me
The only way to set it free:
Come within deep in me

An aborted love story
Due to the seeds of fantasy
A shooting star that disappears
Like a thousand tears... in the sea

You made me think, you made me sink
To the bottom of the sea
The only thing I could see
Was your light shining on me

I walked up your tower of song
I bowed to your mastery
You gave me ten poems of love
To send across the Seven Seas

The winds of change are blowing on me
My heart is now free
Floating on its own journey
Like a bottle in the sea
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Jayne Sachs » Sun Oct 04, 2009 3:52 pm

Dear Leonard.

So tell me. At age 75, is one closer to finding the bow tie? Does one ever find the bow tie? You are were 9 and I was 12 and I've been searching too.

I hope your birthday was a celebration is all ways possible.

Can't wait to see you in Columbus.

Thank you so very much for your art.

With deep appreciation,

Jayne Sachs
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by sallyp » Wed Oct 07, 2009 7:47 pm

This is very late ..... anyway, I really hope you had a happy birthday and have recovered from your upset tum. I have seen you live at Weybridge in the rain - the best evening of my life! Your music is always on in my car and never fails to relax me and keep me in the moment after a stressful day at work.

Very best wishes, lots of love and PLEASE look after yourself. xx

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by martensg » Tue Oct 13, 2009 4:51 am

Thank you, Leonard, for the work you've done. A very happy (belated) birthday!

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by racer76 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 8:22 pm

Is it true Leonard is changing his surname to Go-on?
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Gregor » Sat Oct 24, 2009 5:18 pm

belated as it is I was in greece following his footsteps Iam far from 75 he could return there anytime the question is will I at 75 which is like 20 years time .Leonard good luck.
There is a crack in every thing thats how the light gets in
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by indy » Tue Nov 24, 2009 11:22 pm

Happy Belated Birthday, LC. I guess it is only appropriate that I'm coming late to this party as I only discovered your music and poetry two years ago. The cliche better late than never has never been truer for me. I've spent two years getting to know your work, loving every minute of it. Last April during National Poetry Month I participated in one of those "write a poem a day for 30 days" schemes. About half way through the month, I wrote this poem, which--if you tilt your head and squint your eyes--I hope you will take as a compliment:

Mini-Greenhouses on the Moon*

Vegetation is coming to the moon, they say.
Plants can grow in zero gravity beneath
the lunar sway, imperial, mysterious
in amorous array.

Yes, moonbeam, you must eat
your broccoli, but moonlight can’t
live on Brussels sprouts alone.
Beneath the lunar sway,

there will be beauty: marigolds and
bleeding hearts, chicory and shooting stars,
imperial, mysterious, in amorous array.

My dear Man-in-the-moon, the cow may be
on to you soon, and the little prince will
laugh to see such a sport as cabbages
and caraway beneath the lunar sway,
imperial, mysterious, in amorous array.

Brassica is coming to the moon, they say.

*Italicized lines are from
Leonard Cohen’s “Democracy”

Spark for this poem came from:
http://features.csmonitor.com/gardening ... d-flowers/

With gratitude and best wishes,
"Walker, there is no road, only wind-trails in the sea." Antonio Machado, translated by Robert Bly
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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by catherine » Tue Mar 16, 2010 5:10 pm

I'm sorry I haven't posted.
I've found a new love, the love of my life.
But you made it possible. Easy to say, impossible to explain.
Thank you for this wonderful endless magic culminating in this equally endless concert tour of yours.

I'll love you always.

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Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard!

Post by Suresh Abreu » Thu May 13, 2010 3:04 am

Dear Mr. Cohen:

Happy birthday. Thank you for your music.

When I was 19 I first heard you while in India, with some friends I was acquainted with who at 19 were able to perceive your towering depth. Story of Isaac, Sisters of Mercy, Suzanne. This was back in 1969.

I happened to have had a primary experience with Jesus and the promise of HIS indewling presence when HIS Holy Spirit moved and I asked HIM in in 1970. As a result, I struggled with Suzzane on the Jesus verse. Although human in many ways I thought for some reason you presumed HIM as human, until recently it hit me very stongly when I saw your video at the isle of Wight that you actually said "almost human," and it freed me to hear the song without reservation.

While the meaning in the song does not relate to my narrow concern, I was so happy to note that you said "almost human," I rested in the thought that you did not make him entirely human in the song. I've tasted the depth of HIS love and trust in his Divinity.

Your songs are deeply beautiful. I thank you. Happy birthday. And pardon me if this is offensive to you. I want to say the best I can to you. At the risk of being wrong, with all my love I say Jesus Loves You. Very happy birthday. I am a musician of soughts and have played harmonica, guitar, and piano for many years 40+. But my love for it got its substance from your work and Bob Dylan's as well. Thank you.


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