Thursday, August 28, 2014
cohenyearsphotos:


Leonard Cohen, is the men who literally influenced my life and way of thinking about love and relationships… I adore his work since I listened first time his song, The Sister of Mercy on Radio Luxemburg, from Warsaw, Poland in 1975, I believe… (at that time there was no western albums in Poland).
Copyright © 1985 by Andrzej Kielbowicz

Kindly shared by Andrezej Kielbowicz on Leonard’s Facebook page.

cohenyearsphotos:

Leonard Cohen, is the men who literally influenced my life and way of thinking about love and relationships… I adore his work since I listened first time his song, The Sister of Mercy on Radio Luxemburg, from Warsaw, Poland in 1975, I believe… (at that time there was no western albums in Poland).

Copyright © 1985 by Andrzej Kielbowicz

Kindly shared by Andrezej Kielbowicz on Leonard’s Facebook page.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

…I know you must call me traitor
because I have wasted my blood
in aimless love
and you are right
Blood like that
never won an inch of star

You know how to call me
although such a noise now
would only confuse the air
Neither of us can forget
the steps we danced
the words you stretched
to call me out of dust…

From “The Way Back,” a poem by Leonard Cohen from his book Flowers for Hitler.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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From “First We Take the Main: A tour of Leonard Cohen’s Montreal through the eyes of his lifelong friend” by Christine Langlois, Reader’s Digest, October 2009. Photo by Jean-Francois Bérubé.

cohenyearsphotos:

From “First We Take the Main: A tour of Leonard Cohen’s Montreal through the eyes of his lifelong friend” by Christine Langlois, Reader’s Digest, October 2009. Photo by Jean-Francois Bérubé.

Monday, August 25, 2014

All summer long she touched me
She gathered in my soul
From many a thorn, from many thickets
Her fingers like a weaver’s, quick and cool

And the light came from her body
And the night went through her grace
All summer long she touched me
And I knew her, I knew her face to face

And her dress was blue and silver
And her words were few and small
She is the vessel of the whole wide world
Mistress, oh mistress of us all

Dear Lady, Queen of Solitude
I thank you with my heart
For keeping me so close to thee
While so many, oh so many stood apart…

From “Our Lady of Solitude,” a song by Leonard Cohen from his album Recent Songs.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
cohenyearsphotos:


Here’s a cool photo of Leonard Cohen in monk’s robes at Mt Baldy

Shared by @writefromwithin on Twitter.
Year and photographer unknown.

cohenyearsphotos:

Here’s a cool photo of Leonard Cohen in monk’s robes at Mt Baldy

Shared by @writefromwithin on Twitter.

Year and photographer unknown.

Friday, August 22, 2014

the crow knows
exactly where to sit
on the yellow bench

the wave
exactly where to break

the jaw that will not
unclench
is fastened perfectly
to the writer’s skull

future generations
come like clockwork
under the damp
cement arches

to include themselves
in this well-recorded
afternoon

"Clockwork," a poem by Leonard Cohen from his book Book of Longing
Thursday, August 21, 2014
cohenyearsphotos:


REG INNELL/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

From “Leonard Cohen releases new song,” The Toronto Star, August 19, 2014.
Year of photo unknown.

cohenyearsphotos:

REG INNELL/TORONTO STAR FILE PHOTO

From “Leonard Cohen releases new song,” The Toronto Star, August 19, 2014.

Year of photo unknown.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

I saw some people starving
There was murder, there was rape
Their villages were burning
They were trying to escape
I couldn’t meet their glances
I was staring at my shoes
It was acid, it was tragic
It was almost like the blues

I have to die a little
Between each murderous thought
And when I’m finished thinking
I have to die a lot
There’s torture and there’s killing
And there’s all my bad reviews
The war, the children missing
Lord, it’s almost like the blues…

From “Almost Like The Blues,” a new song by Leonard Cohen with Patrick Leonard from Cohen’s album Popular Problems.

Full lyrics for the song found on The Leonard Cohen Files.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

A new song from Leonard Cohen’s upcoming new album Popular Problems, “Almost Like The Blues.”

naipan:

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy.  Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the human condition as “the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing.”  His legendary basso resonates as never before with a presence and urgency that arises from the very depths of the heart.  The clarity and strength of these nine hypnotic songs will have us singing them over and over. 
In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, Popular Problems is a masterpiece from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend whose songs continue to captivate new listeners and devoted fans.
"Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration,” says Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO of Columbia Records. “These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We’re absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him.” 
Popular Problems is Cohen’s 13th studio album and will be released on September 23rd, two days after his 80th birthday.  Popular Problems is available for pre-order everywhere today. Those who pre-order Popular Problems digitally (http://smarturl.it/PopularProblems) will receive an instant download of his new song, “Almost Like The Blues.”  Click here to listen.
To celebrate his milestone 80th birthday (September 21), Cohen’s endless poetic energy and legacy can be revisited with a new artist page on iTunes (www.itunes.com/leonardcohen), which features Popular Problems and includes all 12 prior studio albums Mastered For iTunes.
Popular Problems was produced by Patrick Leonard, mastered at Marcussen Mastering and was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String with additional mixing by Bill Bottrell.
Revisit Leonard Cohen’s Incredible Legacy on www.LeonardCohen.com.
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/leonard-cohen-releases-popular-problems-on-september-23-2014-a-dynamic-studio-album-of-new-songs-271821451.html
Popular Problems Tracklisting:
Slow
Almost Like The Blues
Samson In New Orleans
A Street
Did I Ever Love You
My Oh My
Nevermind
Born In Chains
You Got Me Singing

naipan:

NEW YORKAug. 19, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album, Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief and joy.  Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the human condition as “the soul unfolds in the chambers of its longing.”  His legendary basso resonates as never before with a presence and urgency that arises from the very depths of the heart.  The clarity and strength of these nine hypnotic songs will have us singing them over and over. 

In collaboration with co-writer Patrick LeonardPopular Problems is a masterpiece from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend whose songs continue to captivate new listeners and devoted fans.

"Yet again, Leonard Cohen has broken musical boundaries with new creative inspiration,” says Rob Stringer, Chairman/CEO of Columbia Records. “These nine new songs are simply sublime and innovative with a unique spirit. We’re absolutely thrilled and honored to celebrate this milestone with him.” 

Popular Problems is Cohen’s 13th studio album and will be released on September 23rd, two days after his 80th birthday.  Popular Problems is available for pre-order everywhere today. Those who pre-order Popular Problems digitally (http://smarturl.it/PopularProblems) will receive an instant download of his new song, “Almost Like The Blues.”  Click here to listen.

To celebrate his milestone 80th birthday (September 21), Cohen’s endless poetic energy and legacy can be revisited with a new artist page on iTunes (www.itunes.com/leonardcohen), which features Popular Problems and includes all 12 prior studio albums Mastered For iTunes.

Popular Problems was produced by Patrick Leonard, mastered at Marcussen Mastering and was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String with additional mixing by Bill Bottrell.

Revisit Leonard Cohen’s Incredible Legacy on www.LeonardCohen.com.

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/leonard-cohen-releases-popular-problems-on-september-23-2014-a-dynamic-studio-album-of-new-songs-271821451.html

Popular Problems Tracklisting:

  1. Slow
  2. Almost Like The Blues
  3. Samson In New Orleans
  4. A Street
  5. Did I Ever Love You
  6. My Oh My
  7. Nevermind
  8. Born In Chains
  9. You Got Me Singing