Very well said.MarieM wrote:Advance ticket booking for Files/Forum members
by jarkko » Tue Mar 04, 2008 1:20 pm
The list of venues of the summer tour will be announced on this website on March 11 at 00.01 am European time - either Finnish time (UTC+2) or UTC/Greenwich Mean Time - we will let you know which time zone!
There will be a special advance ticket booking open only to the members of The Leonard Cohen Files and Forum, thanks to Leonard and his management.
Many people joined this Forum in the month of March 2008 and many joined during the subsequent months. You came here for the presales, you partook of the presales, you got your tickets, you saw your concerts. Now that you have been feed, you wish to bar the doors to everyone else?
Most of us discovered Leonard Cohen by happenstance. There was no effort involved. We heard a song and by some grace, some personal need, our lives were changed. Most of us were just a pawn in the universe's grand scheme that put us in a certain spot at a certain time and opened our ears and our heart. How does something so random make people feel entitled? There is no documentation that anyone has to produce to prove they are worthy to be here. The only credential required is the desire to experience Leonard.
When Jarkko began this Forum a tour was an impossibility. Those of you who joined on or after March 2008 know nothing of the Forum that existed without the word "tour" in every post. But before 2008 there was a body of work, Leonard's poems and songs, that was and remains worthy of being experienced by everyone. It is sacrilege to me that after all these years, after dreaming for so long that Leonard would just get a tiny amount of attention from the mainstream, that now folks here would be talking about excluding the very people we hoped would come to Leonard. Do I long for the days when no one knew his name? Yeah, I do sometimes. Sometimes so many of you babbling "tour, tour, tour" as if Leonard is some kind of aging Justin Bieber gets on my nerves. But guess what, there never would have been a 2008-2010 World Tour if there weren't so many of you. And there wouldn't be a 2012 Old Ideas World Tour if there weren't even more of you. So, thank you to everyone who came to Leonard years ago or months ago. Thank you to all of you who came to Leonard yesterday. As far as WE are concerned, you are all welcome here. Thank you to those who will come to Leonard tomorrow and well into the future. You are the people we have been waiting for.
Jarkko and Marie
I joined this forum in 2010, on the basis of looking for a ticket. I subsequently found lots of
information, & hopefully gave some, on other threads on this forum. My friends & I had great
seats in Lissadell ( although exiting there was a complete nightmare, but the sounds
& words of Mr Cohen, The Webb Sisters , Sharon R & the band, kept us happy).
Last Sunday, I gave details of joining this forum to another "fan" of Leonard's - one
of the so-called newbies (& he doesn't deserve to be outed).
Anyways that's enough preaching from me!