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Lasting melodious impressions of Leonardo Cohen

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March 6, 2019

Lasting melodious impressions of Leonardo Cohen

This man was before our times.  He was introduced to me recently by Pico Iyer of “The Art of Stillness” Fame. Glad it was freely available on Amazon Prime.  I picked up the Album “Essentials of Leonard Cohen,” to get best of Cohen. According to my usual habit, I started by listening to his all-time hits “Suzanne” and “Hallelujah,” and ever since then, I have fallen in love with this singer of last millennium.  Now his songs have become my regular companion during morning walks, meditation, surgery, and relaxation.  His voice is distinctive and has a mystical power of melody.  This magnetic voice blends seamlessly with his poetic lyrics giving the listener a soothing experience.

“Suzanne” is opening track of Cohen’s debut album, “Songs of Leonardo Cohen,” and also his career-making signature song.  It’s a great synthesis of spirituality and sensuality. This song supposes to be chronicling his real-life relationship with the artist Suzanne Verdal near Montreal’s St. Lawrence River in the summer of 1965.  The lyrics sail like this….

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by, you can spend the night forever
And you know that she’s, but that’s why you want to be there…

“Hallelujah” was a comeback hit for Leonard Cohen when he returned from a long spiritual hiatus at the age of 50 years.  Pop songs had invaded the entertainment world.  Neither his Album Various Positions or its signature song “Hallelujah” impressed CBS president Walter Yetnikogg, who summarily rejected saying,  “What is this? This isn’t pop music. We’re not releasing it. This is a disaster.”  However, people lived it.  Bob Dylan played it live in 1988.  The producer John Lissauer, said “It was effortless to record, It almost recorded itself. The great records usually do.”  Lyrics from the middle of the reads like this,

You say I took the name in vain
I don’t even know the name
But if I did—well, really—what’s it to you?
There’s a blaze of light in every word
It doesn’t matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah

Hallelujah, Hallelujah
Hallelujah, Hallelujah

Totally there are 32 tracks in this album.  My favorite songs are, Sisters of Mercy, Bird on the Wire, Famous Blue Raincoat, Is This What You Wanted, Lover Lover Lover, Who By Fire, Memories, The Guests, First We Take Manhattan, I’m Your Man, Everybody Knows, The future, Waiting for the Miracle, The Anthem, A Thousand Kisses Deep, You Want it Darker, and Ain’t no cure for love.

Each song is unique. His distinct rumbling voice, clear-cut rendering, easy to follow lyrics, simple guitar music, combined with melodious chorus leaves a lasting impression on the mind.

Dr. Prahlada N.B, Chitradurga
www.indiahearing.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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