Leonard Cohen is alive and well and still sexy

April 23rd, 2009  |  Published in Musings and Rants  |  9 Comments

Leonard Cohen – rock on!
Went to his Victoria concert Tuesday night, along with hoards of others, mainly we females of a certain age. And were we ever well behaved, too. I’ll bet the arena has never had such a polite group. There were no panties thrown on stage, no outbursts, just lots of applause and whistling at appropriate times and dozens of standing ovations. Now THIS is the one time I joined the crowd in bouncing up and up and up. ( I have always hated the way west coasters leap to their feet at the end of every concert, performance or play that comes to town; totally destroys the whole idea of an ovation and the performers know it means nothing.) But Leonard now, it meant something all right.

I fell in love with him as a wordsmith when I was 20 and he came to the University of British Columbia to read poetry and sections from his first novel, Beautiful Losers. When he first put his poetry to music those of us who can recall those times were startled. We’d never heard anything like it before – the brazen cheek of such a bad singer believing he could actually make money with such a voice. But he was like retsina – once you got used to the shiver, you acquired the taste. And of course his poetry was always there to keep us transfixed.

Leonard took poetry and made a living from it, singing with his guitar in smoky joints with fellow poets like Margaret Atwood and Milton Acorn and Gwendolyn MacEwen. Atwood turned to fiction to make a living, Cohen made it work with music, and poor MacEwen, who never wanted to be anything but a poet, died tragically young.

Responses

  1. Kevin says:

    April 23rd, 2009at 3:24 pm(#)

    Sounds like I missed a good show! I might have looked a little out of place being a guy, oh well. Next time.

  2. Cherie says:

    May 7th, 2009at 2:36 pm(#)

    Thanks for your comment Kevin, but you look pretty enough to me to pass – just the beard has to go.

  3. Gimme A Dream says:

    June 25th, 2009at 6:37 pm(#)

    When I lived in Calgary in the 70’s, Leonard was a biggie with all the teenagers listening to him. Lots of talent there, I can tell you!

    Wynn Currie

  4. Dale Phillips says:

    January 26th, 2010at 7:53 am(#)

    You went to his Victoria concert. I thought you meant in Australia!! I caught his concert at the vineyards in Bowral, New South Wales in February 2009 and his performances still touch my soul to the core. I’ve also been an avid fan since I was a 20 year old and his book Beautiful Losers is a treasured possession. Leonard Cohen is alive and well and at any age will always be sexy.

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