What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

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What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by Ziyad » Mon Aug 04, 2008 9:14 pm

A different thread about giving flowers to Leonard at a gig got me thinking what would be the best thing to give Leonard. I'll put my hand up and say I was rather boring in throwing him a single red rose during Everybody Knows (not even long stemmed I'm afraid) at Manchester. I read that someone else had left a teabag and oranges on stage which brought a smile to my face - I'm unsure what Leonard's reaction was. What would be the most appropriate present? Ideally one that would bring smiles or even laughter.
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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by Mirek » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:22 am

Let me think... a raincoat? Probably blue one... used, torn at the shoulder...

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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by John Etherington » Thu Aug 07, 2008 1:25 am

I can't think what the most appropriate present would be, but I know that the most useless present would be my Visa Card!

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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by commonweal » Thu Aug 07, 2008 3:17 am

We've given it to him, and at several of these recent shows he has thanked us.

Our present is to keep these songs alive all these years.

It's nothing in comparison with what he has given us, maybe, but it's every writer's dream.
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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by lizzytysh » Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:04 pm

My feelings about it:

The actual, physical gifts left for him, presented to him, or thrown at him are bonuses.

If we're going to spend money for a present, our purchases of his albums and our attendance at his concerts.

If it's not directly related to money, our keeping his songs alive through covers and through our own singing and playing of and deeply appreciating them.

Mostly, it seems to me from watching him react at his performances, our affirmation of him and all that's he's been and continues to be to all of us, with our hearty, and must-be almost overwhelming to him, response to him when he appears in person and sings for us.



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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by Grecian man » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:25 pm

Maybe we could get him an honest accountant / manager ;-)
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Post by lizzytysh » Fri Aug 08, 2008 3:37 pm

:lol: I believe that's already been addressed, Eric. If not, then a fan rampage awaits in the wings. However, no further cause for concern as near as I can tell 8) .

Haha. I just read your signature when I clicked out. Had to come back in to comment. So true, eh :lol: ?


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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by Grecian man » Sat Aug 09, 2008 12:02 am

Hi Lizzie erics my little brother ( birdonawire ) I'm John . u met eric in nyc Joes bar
hope u get to c the len tour at some stage , or did u already?
I thought len wouldn't want a thing , well a material thing anyway so humour might do
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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by lizzytysh » Sat Aug 09, 2008 3:21 am

Aha... yes, of course. My Huge apologies to Eric. See how closely you locked in as brothers, though 8) . Hardly know one from the other at this point, it's been so long since I've been frequent here ;-) .

Yes, I saw Leonard three nights in a row in Montreal. The best venue and concert I could imagine. It was wonderful. Still not even sure how best to describe it, so have barely tried.


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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by riddler » Tue Aug 19, 2008 1:01 am

another greek island would make a nice gift
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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by Irene Teresa » Thu Jan 08, 2009 5:23 pm

AT a concert for somone else ( who i used to work with ) we arrangged people to throw a red rose at the stage at end like they do at times at an opera LOL it was slightly cheeesy ,yes, but the delight and LOVE was really felt and it was something well all remember including the artist. there were over 200 roses. it looked great.

anyway as far as LC goes he has my souls deepest honor and loving. what else really .
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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by Womanfromaroom » Wed Jan 14, 2009 2:38 am

Well, personally, I got him a rose and a box of "Constant Comment" tea (ordered from America, because it seemed impossible to get in Europe)... Don't know whether he liked it though! Well, he smiled appreciatively when he took the rose, but about the tea, I cannot tell; I was't there when he opened the present (unfortunately)....
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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by John Etherington » Mon Jan 26, 2009 1:26 am

Simon Cowell's Gold Card!
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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by Clumsy Niece » Sat Jun 06, 2009 5:18 am

Virginity.
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Re: What is the most appropriate present to give Leonard?

Post by mr.midnight » Mon Jun 08, 2009 3:18 am

I think it would be cool (if you were a musician yourself) to give him some of your songs, but you playing his songs, maybe that's too typical though?
A painting or sketch of him performing?
Something artistic and genuine would be a gift....a DIY book of poems you wrote?

I reply because it's a good question, actually.

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