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Leonard Cohen: The Full Body Review.

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Music unlocks the human spirit. Leonard Cohen is a keymaster. We finally had the pleasure of seeing the man perform live in concert on October 17th, 2009. It was a metaphysical jailbreak.

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When the spark inside the body is released by music, it flows toward the highest common denominator. Freedom seeks love. With Leonard Cohen guiding the dance, a beacon of exquisite bliss ignited the arena and called all beings to fellowship. Our party quickly included the whole universe.

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Non-physical intelligence appreciates excellence and gravitates toward penultimate performance. Dino Soldo played the best harmonica I have ever heard, and soon we were surrounded by aliens and angels. Javier Mas taught long lost demons to speak Spanish. Roscoe Beck boomed the thunderstick deep until the lava gnomes bubbled forth. Neil Larsen brought shimmering chimera into being, often in the form of legendary lounge lizards. Bob Metzger tickled tingly tarantula up and down the spine. Rafael Gayol made sure that each vertebrae in the room was on point. Sharon Robinson twisted a tempered twin tower taking Leonard deep into her heart and out into ours. Charley and Hattie Webb sweetly soothed the Seraphim within, and all were ecstatically enlarged.

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These people understand the process. The music itself is the Goddess. The players are her conduits. The audience is the fuel. The theater grounds the charge and places it for reference. All segments synchronize in sublime communion, and the winged serpent takes flight. On October 17th, 2009 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, it was lifted higher than ever before.

We were treated to a whole set of new arrangements in the first half of the show, then settled back into our seats by traditional favorites in the second. Three encores sent us off into the evening for the first night of the rest of our lives. Each human body that entered the building was changed forever.

Thank you Leonard Cohen. We will never be the same.

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All photographs by hassan, from the actual show.

You can click here for video of the performance.

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More Better Leonard Cohen From Last Night.

These were all from the first set, with brand spanking new arrangements. We are still utterly blissed.

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Leonard Cohen Saves.

Do not miss Leonard Cohen on tour. That video shows him kicking it off here in South Florida last night. It was the best musical performance I have ever seen in my life. I still have tears in my eyes. I especially loved the drastic shift from the first set to the second. The first was driving bubbling lava, the second soothing soul syrup.

Click right here for our full review of the show with fabulous photographs.

Here’s the set list, thanks to JSA!

First Set
• Dance Me To The End Of Love
• The Future
• Ain’t No Cure For Love
• Bird On The Wire
• Everybody Knows
• In My Secret Life
• Who By Fire (with long Spanish(?) guitar intro)
• Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye
• Waiting For The Miracle
• Anthem (with introductions of band members)

Second Set
• Tower Of Song
• Suzanne
• Sisters Of Mercy
• The Gypsy’s Wife
• The Partisan
• Boogie Street
• Hallelujah
• I’m Your Man
• A Thousand Kisses Deep (spoken)
• Take This Waltz

First Encores
• So Long, Marianne
• First We Take Manhattan

Second Encores
• Famous Blue Raincoat
• If It Be Your Will (Leonard spoken verses, Webb sisters sung)
• Closing Time

Final Encores
• I Tried To Leave You
• Whither Thou Goest (tutti a cappella)

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In the air tonight.

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Leonard Cohen. First show of his American tour. Tonight, in our town. Hallelujah.

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Leonard Cohen Saved My Life.

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If you did not witness the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame awards live tonight on VH1 Classic, I suggest you catch it on the repeats.  Leonard Cohen is God, and they allowed the truth to get out.  There are only a few humans that are allowed to live on that level.  For the rest of us on the next step down, it is like an extended hand offered to climb up.  Tonight on actual live television, I heard what I have always felt…

“We are so lucky to be alive at the same time that Leonard Cohen is.”

-Lou Reed, in the midst of a truly dangerous introduction speech.

Then, what next?  Hard to believe, pinching myself on live TV stuff, that’s what.  Madonna’s induction included a blistering tribute by Mike Watt, Iggy Pop, and the Stooges.  Doing “Burnin’ Up” and “Ray of Light”.  I am not kidding.  It actually happened, and it was more real than anything else on the air, ever. 

I know Watt.  We’ve had fellowship in the sand.  I know what he was feeling when he bowed to her in the kitchen after the set.  You MUST see this when they show it again.  Standing ovation.  For the rest of my life.

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Thursday Thirteen: The Love Scene.

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My second Thursday Thirteen revolves around one of the parts of life that Nina and I use most often to increase our glow: Cinematic Love Scenes.  Some are pure romance and Eros, and some are different forms of the blissful bond between humans.  Enjoy. 

1. The climax of The Ninth Gate (1999), burning up with Johnny Depp and Emmanuelle Seigner. 

There is a vast gallery of skin swapping that gets us going in the history of cinema, but this is the one.  The mystery of her otherworldly character, the depth of her pleasure, and the fact that she chose him as the ultimate power chalice after she saw how cool he was… it all adds up to an ideal representation of transcendent intercourse. 

2. The wedding in Natural Born Killers (1994) between Juliette Lewis and Woody Harrelson. 

The most beautiful wedding ever filmed for us, which is a telling indictment of our twisted aesthetics.  We saw the film twelve times in the theater. 

3. “We must show them we are men of parts.” spoken by Martin Clunes in Shakespeare in Love (1998). 

I could make a whole Thursday Thirteen of scenes from that one film, but the love that the brothers in art feel for each other at that moment makes me weep every time. 

4. Morning wood with Morticia.  Angelica Huston and Raul Julia glowing before breakfast.  The Addams Family (1991). 

“I would die for her.  I would kill for her.  Either way, what bliss!” It doesn’t get any better than that.  We are so insanely blessed to know exactly how that feels. 

5. The shrine of the pop culture saints in Heavenly Creatures (1994) built by Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey. 

Another film that makes it nearly impossible to choose a best scene.  Their love was so real that they produced physical remnants of their shared imagination.  That is one of the most satisfying tricks that human life has to offer, and theirs is a true story. 

6. Winona Ryder and Gary Oldman drinking absinthe in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). 

Deep human love always feels like this, as if you have known each other for many lifetimes.  If this list was best films of all time, Francis Ford Coppola’s brilliant telling of Bram Stoker’s incomparable romance would be at the very top.  

7. Rose seeing Jack’s soul, with the help of his sketchbook in Titanic (1997).  Kate Winslet again, this time with Leonardo DiCaprio. 

The steaming window is hotter, but we have always adored the recognition on her face when she first sees his talent on the sundeck. 

8. Elinor Dashwood finally getting what she deserves in Sense and Sensibility (1995). Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. 

This scene grabs the heart and rips it out before returning it with a comforting kiss.  Best.  Crying.  Ever. 

9. The Prime Minister getting busted behind the curtain at the school play in Love Actually (2003).  Hugh Grant returns, with the gorgeous Martine McCutcheon. 

Love Actually is a big threat to unseat Dracula from the throne.  Each time we watch it I like it even more.  Nearly perfect film, more love per minute than any other. 

10. A timeless shapeshifter taking time to enjoy himself, in Dust Devil (1992).  Robert Burke and Chelsea Field. 

The most obscure film on the list, this one is rather sick… but also poignant and wonderful at the same time.  A great movie that never got enough exposure. 

11. Say my name, say my name.  With Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen in Pride and Prejudice (2005). 

It is a very difficult and precarious thing to successfully film a “they lived happily ever after” scene.  Joe Wright’s Jane Austen nailed it.  I can’t watch this ending with dry eyes.  I just can’t. 

12. Singing silly love songs on top of an elephant, with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge (2001). 

Baz Luhrmann gets the final two slots, and the more I write the more I realize that these are probably impossible to rank in a hierarchy of better or lesser.  I will never forget the moment I first heard this love medley in the theater.  There was never anything like it, and it still melts us every time. 

13. Probably the ultimate portrait of the actual feeling of falling in love, leaving nose prints on the fish tank, Claire Danes and Leonardo Dicaprio really are Romeo + Juliet (1996). 

I always wished I had a bathroom like that.  Shakespeare updated to perfection, this is another film we saw twelve times in the theater.  Love incarnate, too bad it ends badly every time. 

And that’s my list!  I hope you adored it as much as I did.  Write your own and link it to: http://thursdaythirteen.com/

 

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