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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by Paul Zagreb » Tue Apr 22, 2014 7:15 pm

What a great idea … both the bench and Yoeri's proposed inscription!

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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by lizzytysh » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:21 pm

I like the differing levels of meaning that yoeri's suggestion allows for... very Leonardesque. Love the bench idea and will, of course, contribute, as well.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by surrender » Tue Apr 22, 2014 10:29 pm

Thinking about the inscription, this line is resonating in my head:

"I came so far for beauty" or just "Came so far for beauty"

It can apply - literally and figuratively - to Leonard himself but also to his listeners/travellers.

But still - I agree with Ken that we must be cautious with the (engraved) words...

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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by Sophia » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:04 pm

A stone bench is a lovely idea and I hope we can have the permission of the municipality of Hydra. If the answer is positive, I think we can find local artisans to work for it. Hope to have some news these days. Btw, I would also prefer a very simple inscription, I like yoeri's and surrender's ;-)

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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by musicmania » Tue Apr 22, 2014 11:28 pm

I've been following this thread with interest and love the idea of a stone bench. I will of course contribute whatever I can.
I thinking picking words for an inscription is going to be the hardest part! I personally like the idea of the line "It's just the way it changes like the shoreline and the sea" from Hey That's no way to say Goodbye. I can picture slight weathering on the bench over the years and think this is an apt line for what will be also happening to the view from the bench!
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How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by UrPal » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:19 am

An inscribed bench on Hydra sounds like a fine notion. I've been trying to locate in "Stranger Music" a poem obviously set on Hydra I may have just imagined exists, but, whether connected to Hydra or not, any stanza from "Song to make me still" has potential, as do "Summer Haiku" "Owning Everything" or "Gift" (particularly appropriate taking into account Cohen's monastic title) or the first verse of "Hydra 1960". As has been said of love, if I finally find what I'm looking for it will probably prove less fascinating than the chase!
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by Gentle Reader » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:44 am

I have enjoyed reading the posts here and I love the idea of the stone bench on Hydra! Please count me in for a contribution toward the bench and engraving, or any alternative decided upon. There are so many great ideas!

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Post by UrPal » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:11 am

Mmmm...the chase is over, and less fascinating it has proved to be.....I'd like to be able to claim the poem I was looking for was "The beach at kamini" in Book of Longing but, truth to be told, it was actually "The Moon" - possibly based on a connection suggested by the Hydra poem Jarkko mentions upstairs and the merger effected between them by my memory.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by lizzytysh » Wed Apr 23, 2014 2:08 am

Hahah, UrPal. Your chase comments. Very funny.

I think "Came So Far for Beauty" or "I came so far for beauty" looks better in print than "You were always the one." The last one is more wistful, though. Like very much the idea of 'the shoreline and the sea' one, and the reasoning behind that choice. And there's a real sense of acceptance in it that I like very much and is reflective of Leonard's attitude regarding all kinds of changes throughout life. So, its application would be literal to the view, as well as the bench, and metaphorically/symbolically, as well... if it's not too 'wordy.'
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by joyezekiel » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:02 am

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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by yoeri » Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:20 am

And of course an olive tree of lets say 80 years next to the bench would make it perfect (if too expensive one of 80 months :-) )
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by A.Sukitu » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:13 am

Love the stone bench idea. Count me in. How about asking a 'cutter of words' for advice on appropriate length of quote etc? I do love "I came so far for beauty" - and, of course, "you were always the one". Beautiful.
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by jarkko » Wed Apr 23, 2014 10:37 am

If I summarize the disucssion, the stone bench idea seems to be approved and supporterd by almost everybody!
Our next step is to find out whether Hydra's status as an important historical site is going to be problematic; do we need a special permission also from some other organ than the municipality of Hydra?
How long would it take to get such a permission, and from which organ?
We are now looking into this, and will keep you updated.
Meanwhile, let's keep this thread going!
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by anneporter » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:13 am

Thanks for taking this on, Jarkko. So far, my preferred inscription would be: "Came so far for beauty" And something like "for Leonard Cohen on his 80th birthday" so people don't think he is dead! And in Greek as well maybe?
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Re: How to celebrate Leonard's 80th birthday

Post by Dem » Wed Apr 23, 2014 12:38 pm

Jarkko maybe the most difficult part
of the whole project will be to get the
permission.

And for this the Municipality of Hydra
can explain to us what exactly is required.

However my feeling is that given that
everybody on the island knows and loves Leonard
the Municipality at least won't have an objection.

But again Hydra is the most protected by law
(thank God!) place on Greece.

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