Do Leonard Cohen Fans Favor Sad Songs?

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Do Leonard Cohen Fans Favor Sad Songs?

Post by Steven » Fri May 13, 2005 5:51 am

When it comes to your taste in the music of other artists, do you
tend to favor sad songs?
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Post by Scooby Doo » Fri May 13, 2005 11:32 am

Maybe, but listening to Leonards lyrics makes the song fascinating.

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Post by greta » Fri May 13, 2005 12:36 pm

The same goes for me. I prefer songs with great lyrics, no matter if they are sad or happy :D
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Post by bruna » Fri May 13, 2005 2:49 pm

It depens on a moment, but mostly I do like sad songs.
Though it is horrible imagine- listening to sad songs for a week without any interruption.
I can´t explain it, but L Cohen´s sad songs mostly warm me up.
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Post by jurica » Fri May 13, 2005 5:32 pm

i mostly like angry songs.

i'm not exclusive about it, but i like a healthy dose of rebelion in my songs.
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Post by Sandra » Tue May 17, 2005 3:14 am

i mostly like angry songs.

i'm not exclusive about it, but i like a healthy dose of rebelion in my songs.
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Post by Tri-me » Tue May 17, 2005 3:19 pm

Music has to meet my mood at the time. Leonard's music relaxes and grounds me. I like Lene Lovich because her lyrics are very uplifting. I like to do housework to Pogues, PIL, Pretenders, Led Zepplin and Sexpistols gets me moving fast.

Lyrics are most impotrant.
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Post by Dylan » Tue May 17, 2005 8:13 pm

I like a lot of different music.

I wouldn't class leonard Cohen's songs as sad songs, more as introspective.
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Post by linda_lakeside » Wed Jun 01, 2005 10:51 pm

Hi,

In the "Saddest song in the World" thread, very few found Leonard's songs to be 'sad'. I think LCs lyrics let us think that's it's ok to be on a bummer, to feel angry or sad. Still, there's his humour in there. Black humour at times. Which takes the pressure off of us. We don't have to apologize for being in what ever frame of mind we're in. Be sad, it won't last. And like Dylan said they're 'introspective'.

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Post by Insanitor » Thu Jun 02, 2005 1:33 am

I really like Bjork lyrics and songs (like you Sandra?). I don't find LCs songs sad, even when they are about sadness, I find them articulate and evocative, and sometimes a salve for brokenness.

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Post by linmag » Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:06 am

I like songs with lyrics that make me think, and that are well written.
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Post by Anne-Marie » Sun Jun 05, 2005 2:50 am

I like relaxing and complex songs.
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Post by linda_lakeside » Sun Jun 05, 2005 4:52 am

But do you find yourself drawn to sad songs? So many people are.

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Post by Ali » Sat Aug 06, 2005 1:50 pm

I like sad songs, but even more so, I like lyrics that make you think. I do not find Leonard Cohen songs depressive (and as I write, my Husband is making what he thinks are witty comments such as.... 'Oh, you've joined a Leonard Cohen Forum! Are you going to ask which razor blades are best, because your Prozac has kicked in?......' Well it isn't my fault he has no soul) Perhaps the reason I love Cohen so absolutely is the depth of his poetry - it may be introspective but it is so deep and thought provoking.
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Re: Do Leonard Cohen Fans Favor Sad Songs?

Post by Fljotsdale » Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:50 pm

Steven wrote:When it comes to your taste in the music of other artists, do you
tend to favor sad songs?
No. I can't understand why people think Cohen sings 'sad' songs. He doesn't. Imo, anyway.

Mostly his songs are nostalgic, lonely - but the lonliness is comfotable not painful, and therefore not actually sad - the tone is usually reflective, or introspective, or amused, or seeking spirituality. Some of the older material is savagely angry, but with connotations and a humour that invokes laughter, not sadness.

His wonderful use of words is pure delight, and has me either smiling or laughing with pleasure.

I like the way he doesn't always sing stuff the same, and uses different words sometimes when he's forgotten (or decided he likes something else better), or misses the key... it make him human, and vital, and a bit careless, and accessible.

I think people key in to their OWN sadness or unhappiness, not Cohen's.

Anyway, his songs don't make me sad. They make me happy. :)
Only just found this video of LC:
http://ca.youtube.com/user/leonardcohen?ob=4" target="_blank

This one does make me cry.
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