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Leonard is Love

Leonard Cohen performed his first Sydney concert last night. He was brilliant. He was smooth; he was suave; he was so, so sexy.

 At 74 years of age he bounced onto the stage; the audience was immediately on their feet to welcome him. His first song, Dance me to the End of Love – perfection – and so he continued, one fabulous hit after another. 

 The Entertainment Centre is a big barn of a place; not my favourite venue in Sydney, and it was a sellout of course. Leonard hasn’t been in Australia since the mid eighties. But despite all those thousands of people around me I can still imagine that he is singing and speaking just to me.

 His band was wonderful. He lovingly allowed each of the band members to showcase their talents; they provided a perfect balance of colour and harmony that allowed Leonard’s voice, his deep, seductive voice, to convey all the emotions that his words deserve. And his diction! Every word – I heard every word he sang.

 He introduced his band and I’m thinking: Wow, that was a great concert – but wait, he wasn’t saying goodbye; he was saying he’ll be back in a bit for the second half of the show!

 In all I think he sang more than twenty songs and also recited two poems, at times he chatted to the audience in his sardonic style and at the end, after three encores he blessed us all. Well, we felt bless I can tell you. All those thousands of fans went out into the entertainment precinct on a warm summer evening floating on a sea of Leonard Love.
 





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vilakins
Jan. 28th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
How wonderful!

He was just here, and they had his "Democracy" on the news after Obama's inauguration. :-D
nautile26
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
"Democracy" - he sang that last night - fabulous. Very appropriate to play it on the inauguration day.
kalinda001
Jan. 29th, 2009 01:53 am (UTC)
Oh, I love Leonard! You're lucky to be able to see him.
nautile26
Jan. 29th, 2009 05:17 am (UTC)
When he was doing the 'World Tour' last year I was disappointed to see that it was only in the Northern Hemisphere. When I heard that this year he was heading south I was lucky enough to be able to get the tickets. :)
vjezkova
Jan. 29th, 2009 06:00 am (UTC)
Aaaahhhh...lucky you, I can almost feel that atmosphere, you describe it beautifully.
Yes, that voice is magic...Thank you for sharing!
nautile26
Jan. 29th, 2009 08:39 pm (UTC)
It was a very memorable night. :)
hooplasugarlump
Jan. 29th, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
It seems like you had a wonderful experience -I'm happy for you. I have never listened to any of his songs but I'm told he's good.
nautile26
Jan. 29th, 2009 11:56 pm (UTC)
My first introduction to his music was in the 1971 movie McCabe & Mrs Miller. A dark but beautiful film and Cohen's music was haunting. The audience at the concert was mostly of my generation not surprisingly, although there was quite a number of younger folk there as well who were also obviously very moved by the experience. :)
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