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As promised, more on The Man and the amazing concert last night.

First of all, the getting there. It was very much encouraged that people use public transportation because, well, parking would have been an issue.
The doors to Ramat-Gan stadium (where the concert was performed) opened at half-past five pm, I wanted to be there by at least quarter to seven or seven, since the concert was scheduled to start at quarter to eight.

Suffice to say, that is not what happened. Read some more on how we finally arrived to the stadium )
We walked into the stadium at twenty to eight, I hugged Tami and her folks (she was the genius who managed to actually get us tickets the night sales went live, damned lucky as this concert was sold out in a few hours), we found our seats, had two minutes to relax before the lights went out, the stage lights went on and there he was.

The Man and his Hat (Tami was taking pictures the whole time, I hope I get to show them to you).

What a charming stage persona he has, he was skipping! He said it was a honour to be here and that he was dedicating the concert to Bereaved Families for Peace as per my previous post, which got me crying, it was a very clever and non-confrontational way of bringing in the "issue" I suppose. I'm glad he mentioned it at least and didn't ignore the contention of him performing in Israel, because it is a big deal and Cohen is a very big name.

He then began to sing.

Being the dork that I am, I wanted to write down the songs; I always carry a pen, but alas I did not have a notepad so I quickly rummaged around and found a post card - it was this post card, so there was plenty room to write on both sides.
Oh! Before I forget! On the big screens which broadcast his performance, there were Hebrew subtitles to almost all of the songs, because lots of Israeli artists just wanted to be able to sing him in Hebrew so over the years there have been lots of translations.
Having the subtitles was just too great no to mention.

The Song List with some of my reactions to them )

And then he sang the Passage from the book of Ruth: "Wherever you go..." which was amazing and then he gave another prayer in Hebrew. Amazing to hear that old fashioned Ashkenazi accent, as modern Hebrew accent is Sephardic... I was all very emotional, as is evident by the amount of tears I shed.

Cohen is probably one of the more evocative poets and singers of our time. I can honestly say that he's one of the artists that when I heard for the first time clutched my heart and pulled out my lungs. And it really was So Long, Marianne, because it was the first song of his that I listened to.

It was an amazing night and getting back home was far less dramatic than getting there. My dad I were gushing the whole way and it really was one of the best evenings of my life.

I love Leonard Cohen even more than I did. His gravely and deep voice is the kind of voice I always imagine myself having when I speak about something I'm passionate about, but it's so far from the voice I actually have which is more often than not high and strident... I can never modulate it to the depth that I want.

One other thing, Leonard Cohen has a grand, beautiful and very sharp aquiline nose (I have a nose fetish, really, I'm not kidding) and he's a seriously good looking (to me) man.
I think my dad kind of looks like him.
Yeah, I think my dad is handsome.
I think youngest daughters are supposed to think that, no?

I hope I managed to convey here what a powerful evening it was. That weird and awesome feeling of being intimate with thousands of other people.

I think I need another cup of coffee.
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I just got back from the Leonard Cohen concert.

He (and his band and back-up singers) was amazing.

I love him more than ever.

Tomorrow, some cognizant thoughts and the song list (yeah, I wrote it down).

He dedicated the concert (and probably a portion of the proceedings) to The Parents Circle - Israeli and Palestinian Bereaved Families for Peace, which made me emotional to a degree that is really indecent. Crying at an announcement, good going Mel.

I'm also happy I went with my dad to this, he's loved Cohen since the 70's (how crazy is that) and we love so many of the same songs, almost all of them got an emotional response out of me.

It was mad, brilliant... I could have listened to him forever.

Meh

Aug. 28th, 2008 03:36 pm
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I dunno about you... but Paul McCartney is a poor replacement for Leonard Cohen.

Yeah, Cohen isn't coming and Paul McCartney is charging 400 shekels (approx. 110 USD) starting price, because he's being paid - last I heard - 15 million shekels (approx. 4.1 million USD), which is, I'm sorry, is crazy.

I like the Beatles, but with half of them dead, one reclusing and the one coming here a bit of a schmuck - Heather deserves every penny, he was stupid enough not to write up a pre-nup, he has only himself to blame... and fuck the media for vilifying her as a shrew, I mean really! In any event, I don't think any one person or institution should have the amount of money that could pay the deficit of various countries in debt. But I digress.

I like Cohen more than McCartney, full stop.
If it were Lennon though...
Anybody know a good Necromancer? Though if you think about, Yoko probably hired a few years ago.
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Leonard Cohen is coming to Israel!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The amount of *squee* cannot be described!

Oh, I hope, hope, hope he doesn't cancel at the last minute because of outside influences!!

OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

*hyperventilates*

This is as good as Neil or Tori!!!!

And in honour of this announcement here is a song for you all:
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I'm squeeling like a dying... something-or-other.

Leonard Cohen is going on a World Tour.

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Yes! That is how excited I am... Oh, Please, please let him come to Israel! Please!!!
If he doesn't I'm so persuading my Dad to get tickets for somewhere in Europe so that we may go and "Fan" together.

*squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees!!!!!!!*

The tour dates and places so far, but I'll be checking back for more in the coming weeks, just as they suggest.

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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