Thursday, September 20, 2018

THROWBACK THURSDAY: Leonard Cohen's Birthday Eve

Tomorrow is Leonard Cohen's birthday. Cohen, who died in 2016, would have been 84.

His voice would have been 1,000.

Here are a few of my favorite Leonard songs, starting with the first one that grabbed me, "So Long Marianne," which was on his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967). The version below is from a German TV appearance in 1979. (The violin solo that comes in right before the 3-minute mark is jaw-dropping.)

Here's a slow-and-low version of "Tower of Song" on Night Music in 1989

Leonard went full-blown Old Testament prophet on "The Future" -- afterall, as he said himself, he's "the little Jew who wrote the Bible." It's weird that this "official video" from 1993, censors the words "anal sex" and "crack."

Thank you for guarding my morality!

I know that we celebrated The Austin Lounge Lizards only yesterday, but I'd be remiss if I didn't include the greatest Leonard Cohen spoof in human history.

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