To Take Your Hat!: Leonard Cohen Stands To Madrid
Saturday, 06/10/12 - 01:16
Stand with cheers of "bravo" protruding from thousands of applause, the audience excited Madrid congratulated Leonard Cohen
The legend of 78 years offered a nearly four-hour concert that was to remove his hat, as did the singer with her musicians
To take your hat!: Leonard Cohen stands to Madrid
The Palacio de Deportes in Madrid fell to Leonard Cohen, who thanked the "warm welcome" of the thousands of "friends" who attended this concert no less than thirty mythical and recent songs of his career.
After opening fire with their classic theme: "Dance Me to the End of Love," the Canadian told his fans: "I do not know when I will return, so I will give everything." And, he did!
Leonard Cohen gave everything and had his musicians delight the senses of the spectators who were cheering authentic, especially the guitar maestro Javier Mas, an Aragonese based in Barcelona.
With a great sense of gratitude, Cohen publicly acknowledged that its present tour is accompanied by musicians and singers first and took off his hat during and after the brief actions they performed in full stage.
The concert was divided into two parts. In the first round, Cohen performed songs quieter but as flagship as "Bird on the Wire", "Everybody Knows," "Sisters of Mercy," "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" or "In My Secret Life".
In the second part, Cohen opted to introduce topics less slow as "Suzanne," "Night Comes On", "Democracy" and "The Gypsy's Wife," among others, and give the opportunity to have the chorus of three soloists put hairs edge with his renditions of two songs.
Playing a harp and a guitar, the two singers The Webb Sisters performed "Coming Back to You" while Sharon Robinson, Cohen touring companion, ruled with absolute mastery with the song "Alexandra Leaving".
Rather than sing, Leonard Cohen prayed with his hoarse voice flat and songs whose lyrics are poems as spiritual as "Amen", "Waiting for the Miracle" and "Hallelujah" among others.
Encorbado, shrunken, self-absorbed and kneeling, Cohen sang on a large Persian rug that dominated the stage.
In particular, Cohen recognized the talent of the band led by Roscoe Beck who accompanied him on his tour, especially the violinist Alexandru Moldovan Bublitchi and Spanish guitarist Javier Mas.
These two musicians showed the public what art is capitalized when they made themselves and even when interpreted freely during a topic like "The Gypsy's Life".
With eyes closed and with great respect for these two geniuses, Cohen knelt and raised his hat in the countless times when the more as Bublitchi contributed generously and gracefully to Madrid concert is remembered as memorable.
It was a night of black men, Cohen dressed-as-usual black tailored suit and his musicians did the same while the audience listened and applauded between songs until he stood on "I'm Your Man" .
With the romantic theme, the singer showed that not only was the perfect man for a woman but also is spiritual, serene, wise, with a sense of gratitude to foreign talent and serious, very serious.
An artist, in short, has unwittingly set tonight and on stage what is the essence of art, of authenticity, of the genuineness of that imprints and is almost nothing! unrepeatable.