Monday, September 29, 2014 Sunday, September 28, 2014

You said that you were with me
You said you were my friend
Did you really love the city
Or did you just pretend

You said you loved her secrets
And her freedoms hid away
She was better than America
That’s what I heard you say

You said how could this happen
You said how can this be
The remnant all dishonored
On the bridge of misery

And we who cried for mercy
From the bottom of the pit
Was our prayer so damn unworthy
The Son rejected it?

So gather up the killers
Get everyone in town
Stand me by those pillars
Let me take this temple down

The king so kind and solemn
He wears a bloody crown
So stand me by that column
Let me take this temple down

You said how could this happen
You said how can this be
The chains are gone from heaven
The storms are wild and free

There’s other ways to answer
That certainly is true
Me, I’m blind with death and anger
And that’s no place for you

There’s a woman in the window
And a bed in Tinsel Town
I’ll write you when it’s over
Let me take this temple down

"Samson In New Orleans," by Leonard Cohen with Patrick Leonard from his album Popular Problems.
Saturday, September 27, 2014
cohenyearsphotos:

Photographer and year unknown.
Photo by Ethan Hill, 2001. 

cohenyearsphotos:

Photographer and year unknown.

Photo by Ethan Hill, 2001. 

(Source: rezeew)

Friday, September 26, 2014
cohenyearsphotos:


Esta semana (el 21) Leonard Cohen cumple años, digamos que 80 y tres días después saca su nuevo álbum ‘Popular problems”. Aquí, entre el tabaco y la botella de brandy francés que nos ventilaríamos después, en el Palace Hotel, en nuestro primer encuentro. Hubo tres más. Yo no sé inglés. Él no sabía demasiado español, pero nos entendimos bien y fue muy divertido. Grande, grande, grande Leonard.
Translation:
"This week (21st) birthday Leonard Cohen, say that 80 and three days later leaves his new album ’ Popular problems". Here, between tobacco and the bottle of French brandy that we ventilaríamos later, at the Palace Hotel, in our first meeting. There were three more. I do not know English. He did not know too much Spanish, but we understood us well and was fun. Big, big, big Leonard.

Kindly shared by Jose Maria Plaza on Leonard’s Facebook page.

cohenyearsphotos:

Esta semana (el 21) Leonard Cohen cumple años, digamos que 80 y tres días después saca su nuevo álbum ‘Popular problems”. Aquí, entre el tabaco y la botella de brandy francés que nos ventilaríamos después, en el Palace Hotel, en nuestro primer encuentro. Hubo tres más. Yo no sé inglés. Él no sabía demasiado español, pero nos entendimos bien y fue muy divertido. Grande, grande, grande Leonard.

Translation:

"This week (21st) birthday Leonard Cohen, say that 80 and three days later leaves his new album ’ Popular problems". Here, between tobacco and the bottle of French brandy that we ventilaríamos later, at the Palace Hotel, in our first meeting. There were three more. I do not know English. He did not know too much Spanish, but we understood us well and was fun. Big, big, big Leonard.

Kindly shared by Jose Maria Plaza on Leonard’s Facebook page.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

…So I let my heart get frozen
To keep away the rot
My father said I’m chosen
My mother said I’m not
I listened to their story
Of the Gypsies and the Jews
It was good, it wasn’t boring
It was almost like the blues

There is no G-d in Heaven
And there is no Hell below
So says the great professor
Of all there is to know
But I’ve had the invitation
That a sinner can’t refuse
And it’s almost like salvation
It’s almost like the blues

From “Almost Like The Blues,” a song by Leonard Cohen with Patrick Leonard from Cohen’s album Popular Problems.
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
cohenyears:


I love this picture, at the Songwriters Hall of Fame, EVERYBODY wanted their picture taken with the master — with Leonard Cohen and Paul Williams.

Kindly shared by Sandi Bachom on Leonard’s Facebook page.

cohenyears:

I love this picture, at the Songwriters Hall of Fame, EVERYBODY wanted their picture taken with the master — with Leonard Cohen and Paul Williams.

Kindly shared by Sandi Bachom on Leonard’s Facebook page.

cohenyearsphotos:


Photo: Corbis / Kipa / Alain Denize

From “Leonard Cohen: 14 Striking Photographs From Across The Westmount Poet’s Extraordinary Career,” NME, September 22, 2014.

cohenyearsphotos:

Photo: Corbis / Kipa / Alain Denize

From “Leonard Cohen: 14 Striking Photographs From Across The Westmount Poet’s Extraordinary Career,” NME, September 22, 2014.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

I’m slowing down the tune
I never liked it fast
You want to get there soon
I want to get there last

It’s not because I’m old
It’s not the life I led
I always liked it slow
That’s what my momma said

I’m lacing up my shoe
But I don’t want to run
I’ll get here when I do
Don’t need no starting gun

It’s not because I’m old
It’s not what dying does
I always liked it slow
Slow is in my blood

I always liked it slow:
I never liked it fast
With you it’s got to go:
With me it’s got to last

It’s not because I’m old
It’s not because I’m dead
I always liked it slow
That’s what my momma said

All your moves are swift
All your turns are tight
Let me catch my breath
I thought we had all night

I like to take my time
I like to linger as it flies
A weekend on your lips
A lifetime in your eyes

I always liked it slow…

I’m slowing down the tune
I never liked it fast
You want to get there soon
I want to get there last

So baby let me go
You’re wanted back in town
In case they want to know
I’m just trying to slow it down

"Slow", a song by Leonard Cohen with Patrick Leonard from his album Popular Problems.
Monday, September 22, 2014

Rufus Wainwright’s Birthday Greeting to Leonard Cohen

September 21, 2014 | 

TO LEONARD COHEN ON HIS 80TH BIRTHDAY.

Happy 80th Leonard. You have taught us all that behind the grand gestures it’s the little moments that count.

In terms of worldly things:

A cracked smile. A swift, short and kind answer. A warm blanket on a cold night out on the porch.

I will forever cherish and hold these brief but intimate times very close to my heart.
Thanks for that.

In terms of your work:

Your turning of a phrase, every time, is akin to turning towards an old friend and hitting the eternal bliss of the moment. Every time.

This, the world thanks you for.

Love Rufus.

Rufus Wainwright’s birthday greeting to Leonard Cohen posted on Wainwright’s website.  

Heads up on this thanks to Heck of a Guy.

Rufus is the father of Leonard’s granddaughter Viva.