游客:  注册 | 登录 | 首页
标题: Leonard Cohen 上一主题 | 下一主题

#1  Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen, Epic and Enigmatic Songwriter, Is Dead at 82

Leonard Cohen, the Canadian poet and novelist who abandoned a promising literary career to become one of the foremost songwriters of the contemporary era, died on Monday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 82.

Mr. Cohen’s record label, Sony Music, confirmed the death on Thursday night but provided no details on the cause.

Adam Cohen, his son and producer, said Mr. Cohen had died “with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records.” His final studio album, “You Want It Darker,” was released in October.

“He was writing up until his last moments with his unique brand of humor,” his son said.

Over a musical career that spanned nearly five decades, Mr. Cohen wrote songs that addressed — in spare language that could be both oblique and telling — themes of love and faith, despair and exaltation, solitude and connection, war and politics. More than 2,000 recordings of his songs have been made, initially by the folk-pop singers who were his first champions, like Judy Collins and Tim Hardin, and later by performers from across the spectrum of popular music, among them U2, Aretha Franklin, R.E.M., Jeff Buckley, Trisha Yearwood and Elton John.

Mr. Cohen’s best-known song may well be “Hallelujah,” a majestic, meditative ballad infused with both religiosity and earthiness. It was written for a 1984 album that his record company rejected as insufficiently commercial; it was popularized a decade later by Jeff Buckley.

Since then, some 200 artists, from Bob Dylan to Justin Timberlake, have sung or recorded it. A book has been written about it, and it has been featured on the soundtracks of movies and television shows and sung at the Olympics and other public events. At the 2016 Emmy Awards, Tori Kelly sang “Hallelujah” for the annual “In Memoriam” segment recognizing recent deaths.


http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/1 ... ard-cohen-dies.html

2016-11-12 01:06
博客  资料  信箱  短信   编辑  引用



Leonard Cohen - Hallelujah

2016-11-12 01:07
博客  资料  信箱  短信   编辑  引用



Leonard Cohen - Famous Blue Raincoat

2016-11-14 00:31
博客  资料  信箱  短信   编辑  引用




2016-11-14 21:54
博客  资料  短信   编辑  引用



嗯,还真不好说。 中文维基把Cohen 的音乐归为“民间音乐、流行音乐”。
Cohen 2008年进入摇滚名人堂 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,但他的音乐好像不同于坊间流行的摇滚乐。
Cohen 起先写小说和诗歌,后来谱曲作词。


2016-11-15 00:12
博客  资料  信箱  短信   编辑  引用



Leonard Cohen - Suzanne

2016-11-15 00:14
博客  资料  信箱  短信   编辑  引用




2016-11-15 23:38
博客  资料  短信   编辑  引用



Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan 都是犹太裔。:)

2016-11-16 01:23
博客  资料  信箱  短信   编辑  引用




传奇歌手莱昂纳德科恩去世 乐坛又少了一位诗人

“Everything has a crack in it, that's how the light gets in.”



他在今年九月刚刚发行了自己第14张专辑《《You Want It Darker》,他在《纽约客》的采访中说:
“I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”


Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential singer and songwriter whose work spanned five decades, died at the age of 82. Cohen's label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on the singer's Facebook page.

"It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief." A cause of death and exact date of death was not given.

Cohen was the hugely influential singer to emerge in the Sixties and early Seventies. Only Bob Dylan exerted a more profound influence upon his generation, and perhaps only Paul Simon and fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell equaled him as a song poet.
科恩是上世纪60年代到70年代初极具影响力的歌手,只有鲍勃•迪伦的影响力能胜过他。和他比肩的、可以称为“诗人”的歌手也只有保罗•西蒙(Paul Simon)和同是加拿大歌手的乔妮•米切尔(Joni Mitchell)。

Cohen's haunting bass voice that dealt with love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression. He was also the rare artist of his generation to enjoy artistic success into his Eighties.




他出版过很多诗集:1961年的《The Spice Box Of Earth》(大地香盒)最为畅销;《Selected Poems: 1956-1968》(诗歌自选集)荣获Gover nor-General Award(加拿大最高文学奖);2011年的《渴望之书》闪烁着点滴幽默又真挚动人。

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”



If you are the dealer I'm out of the game
If you are the healer it means I'm broken and lame
If thine is the glory then mine must be the shame
You want it darker
We kill the flame
Magnified sanctified be thy holy name
Vilified crucified in the human frame
A million candles burning for the help that never came
You want it darker
Hineni hineni
——You Want It Darker



关于自由的态度,其实在《the tower of song》中他已经说得再清楚不过了

I was born like this, I had no choice
I was born with the gift of a golden voice
And twenty-seven angels from the Great Beyond
They tied me to this table right here
In the Tower of Song
So you can stick your little pins in that voodoo doll
I'm very sorry, baby, doesn't look like me at all
I'm standing by the window where the light is strong
Ah they don't let a woman kill you
Not in the Tower of Song ”


早在1966年他自己小说《美丽失败者》(Beautiful Losers)中他就提出:
“What is a saint? A saint is someone who has achieved a remote human possibility. It is impossible to say what that possibility is. I think it has something to do with the energy of love.”
“圣人是什么?圣人就是能实现那些看似不可能的事情。然而我没法说出哪些是不可能的事。我想这可能和爱情的力量有关。 ”

科恩为她的情人们写歌,《Suzamme》、《So Long, Marianne》,《Bird on a Wire》那么深情,那么痛苦,他却无法和她们长久的走下去……

“I think marriage is the hottest furnace of the spirit today. Much more difficult than solitude, much more challenging for people who want to work on themselves. It’s a situation in which there are no alibis, excruciating most of the time… but it’s only in this situation that any kind of work can be done.”

你可能一辈子都无法认同这样的他,但是你不得不承认,这样的他真真切切让人着迷,就像你听一遍《I’m your man》就会被打动——


“We are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon.”


“I did my best, it wasn’t much. I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch. I told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you. And even though it all went wrong, I’ll stand before the Lord of Song, with nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah…”
--lyrics from his 1984 masterpiece, Hallelujah


2016-11-16 01:25
博客  资料  信箱  短信   编辑  引用



Leonard Cohen - Dance me to the end of love (with lyrics)

2016-11-16 01:48
博客  资料  信箱  短信   编辑  引用

« 上一主题 艺术之声 下一主题 »