Leonard Cohen

I, of course, got interested in Leonard Cohen through everyone’s cover of his hit song “Hallelujah”.  I began wondering who originally came up with this most beloved of songs, and I found my answer on YouTube.  Now, I pay for YouTube Red so that I don’t have to worry about ads in the middle of the most crucial moments of a video or recording.  I heard Leonard Cohen sing “Hallelujah” live in London on YouTube Red and I got the chills.  What a voice!  And what a band!  And what a man!  This morning, I found a full recording of his last live performance in Auckland, New Zealand on 21 Dec 2013 and listened to it for a full 40 minutes before I paused it.  I have to take this slow.  There’s so much there and it just feels good to listen to it!!!  So, I’m discovering Leonard Cohen and loving it.  Maybe it’s the meds, but I have an idea that he was just a fantastic musician and quite the artist with song.  He’s got some great stuff going on in his band in his live recordings, too!  I prefer the live sound because it’s all real – it’s all right there, in person, and it lives and breathes with you.  I’m a musician myself and I have a great appreciation for genuinely great artists and people who put their heart and soul into their music and/or art.  I understand the effort it requires and what it means to sacrifice everything just to play one more number.  I can’t imagine what it’s like to play your one LAST number.  Anyway, I’m looking forward to listening to the rest of the two and a half hour long recording on YouTube Red.  Then I’ll go climbing at the climbing gym this afternoon after my appointment with the Doc.  It’s shaping up to be a good day!

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