Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Ode To Silence

I guess you could do worse than having Antony cover one of your songs.


quinn the eskimo said...

Thanks for this Billy. Hadn't heard it. Jeff Buckley was the guy who covered Cohen that I loved. I tell you, I wept, again and again, for months when I heard he'd died. The 90's were so dire for young people, I felt & the good musicians just seemed to keep dying. When he walked into the Mississippi and drowned, that did it for me.

I'm sure you've heard his stuff, but just in case, here's Hallelujah the album version (ignore the vid) and then him playing it, himself.


And here he is with a bit of guitar, Zeppelin-lover that he was.

And just so fucking sad that his Dad Tim died/offed himself too.

Still crushes me. q

gasket said...

I'll take anyone covering Leonard Cohen over Leonard Cohen. He has the unbelievable talent for killing all of his own songs. I can't take him seriously, can't sit through a single pretentious, self-absorbed, improbable soliloquy without suppressing either laughter or disbelief, although many people who are dear to me manage to overlook his faults and revere him. It's one of the mysteries of life. His voice is like a handsaw on a bedspring.

Loved the Antony, though!

quinn the eskimo said...

Another "take your pick." Obama and the Governor General. Plus Mounties!

More to the point of the post, we studied Cohen in high school English, as a poet. I quite liked him then. His singing, errrr, I'm kinda with Gasket. Makes me want to stab my ears with pencils.

Antepilani said...

"There were three of us this morning, I am the only one this evening...still I must go on"

If you don't like Cohen, there is only one reason: Blame your parents--they didn't play him for you in your formative years