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Leonard Cohen: Popular Problems

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On 21st of September, Leonard Cohen, member of an elite triumvirate of singer songwriters joined the 80 club. A day after his birthday, he delivered a new record and another chapter of his life opened to the public. Cohen is one of those singer songwriters that have kept maturing, producing new and interesting work with every advancing decade of his life. And there is something wondrous about Cohen delivering a new record for his 80th birthday. That he is delivering a masterpiece of a record is even more wondrous thing than that. Several months after the mammoth tour that saw ...

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Leonard Cohen at Arena Pula

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Leonard CohenArena PulaPula, CroatiaAugust 2, 2013On a sweltering day, with temperatures rising high above in the red, Canadian singer Leonard Cohen performed with a skill, passion and hunger that ultimately rendered all those restrictive perceptions of age, time or genre utterly redundant. Performing on St. Elijah's day at a Roman amphitheater in Pula--a renowned location for various cultural happenings that include film festivals and A-list concerts--the walls of this two-millennia-old building provided a beautiful backdrop for his poetry and music.If the evening wasn't hot enough already, Cohen, looking like a gentleman in a ...

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Alan Light: The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of "Hallelujah"

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The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of “Hallelujah"Alan Lightpp. 288ISBN: 1451657846Atria Books2012For ages musicologists, psychologists, producers and people alike have tried to decipher or unravel the secret of what makes certain songs so likeable and popular, even to give them a scientific explanation. What they have found out so far, from a scientific point of view, is that each musical hit is reliant on mathematics, science, engineering and technology, the physics and the frequencies of sound that determine pitch and harmony ...

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Leonard Cohen Live in Istanbul

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Leonard CohenUlker Sports ArenaIstanbul, TurkeySeptember 19, 2012Singer Leonard Cohen does not play songs--he plays feelings. Besides being blessed with the “gift of a golden voice," he is blessed with the power to communicate with huge crowds of people. Only a handful of performers have that ability to grab people's attention with a handful of words and then hold it for hours. This can be best seen on the recently released DVD Leonard Cohen at the Isle of Wight 1970 (Columbia/Legacy, 2009) where he addressed a raucous crowd of 600,000 people with the words “Can everyone ...

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Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas

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Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Columbia Records 2012 In an age where being talentless is the new talent it is nice to have a taste of the good old world in the form of a Leonard Cohen record. Moving to the level of being an information or software culture, there are now often great discrepancies and differences between the mind and the heart. For the most part, we live and breathe in a new world, while thinking and feeling in an old one. A record by Cohen surely points to where the heart ...

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Leonard Cohen in Belgrade

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Leonard Cohen Belgrade Arena Belgrade, Serbia September 2, 2009

There is a saying that “all wine improves with age," but despite this well known adage it is only in the nature of a few select wines to significantly improve with time. This wisdom also applies in the case of a select few artists as they and their work age gracefully and tastefully as time goes by. Leonard Cohen is someone whose appeal, charm, grace and, most importantly, songs, seem to get better, more profound and more widely accepted with the passing of time, unlike ...



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