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The Deific Thursday November 17, 2016

A tribute to Leonard Cohen who sadly died last week...

Suddenly the night has grown colder,
It is not a trick, my senses play their part.
You fall among the voices departed from us,
As I slip between, the sentries of my heart.

Suddenly the day has grown colder,
I truly wish this moment was imagined.
I was not prepared for this to happen,
Exquisite music, even darker - orphaned.

Suddenly the week has grown colder,
You slept with me on sheets of satin.
Uphold now, the simplicities of pleasure,
First you took Manhattan, then you took Berlin.

Suddenly the month has grown colder,
The God of lyrics, now departed us.
He ached in places, he would evoke,
Conus, corpus, coitus, crisis.

Suddenly the year has grown colder,
A fitful dream, now slipped away.
As someone not prepared for this occasion,
I will not seek to now deceitfully pray.

Suddenly the decade has grown colder,
What strategy takes me, to this abyss?
I fall among your voice and deeper tones,
Listening will never ever, be remiss.

Suddenly the century has grown colder,
It’s not a trick your senses all deceiving.
And you who had the honour of our love,
Therein, foreclosed, herein, above.

Suddenly my life has grown colder,
In full command of every plan I wrecked.
I say goodbye to Leonard leaving,
I say goodbye to Mr Cohen lost.

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the room above the garage Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 6:05am

"Suddenly the day has grown colder...I was not prepared for this to happen" Beautiful, thank you Les. Love ratg x.

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:12pm

Hi RATG - how about we all identify our favourite Cohen song and why - for those that may not know him and want to listen and 'feel' stuff?

the room above the garage Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 3:50pm

Goodness, where to start! Great idea. Various Positions is probably my favourite album...hard to choose a track...but I think 'If It Be Your Will' just strikes to my core.

the room above the garage Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 3:58pm

I had little money, newly living alone after a messy relationship (too young to be living together). I had vinyl but no player, my brother have me a tiny CD player and I bought that album. Played it to death. That just so powerful, dignified and elegant. Like himself. A fall? That's awful. Although I think he knew it was coming... Like Jul, I'd not long purchased the new one. 2016 has been harsh by those it has taken from us! That's a great party happening up there now!

Sally Fri, Nov 18th 2016 @ 6:53am

Love "If it be your will" too.

Sally Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 7:15am

Me neither (prepared for it to happen.) He deserved every mention he gets, a great inspiration and poet. Helped me know I was not alone, did Leonard Cohen. You also admired him, did you, Les? There are more of us that do than anyone knew...thanks for your tribute to him.

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:16pm

Hi Sally - yes he was a constant in my life for the early 70s when I was seeking to find me after my mom died. I often played him late at night with a wee glass in my hand - and my own words would just flow out as the above poem did when listening to Alexandra Leaving from Ten New Songs last week. Why not do as I have asked RATG above and let's create a we storyboard and playlist for others who may not have heard him?

LP Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 7:21am

Hi Les, I had no idea, perhaps there wasnt much media coverage.
Thank you for a fitting tribute to a great lyricist. Good wishes to you and all LP xx

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:17pm

Hi LP - his story in on the BBC web site today as they have said why he died - a fall at home. Look above - about favourite trcxak and why...up for it?

Bearofliddlebrain Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 8:06am

Wow, Les, just wow.
I've been singing his songs all week.....
Bear x

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:18pm

HI Bear - which is your favourite and why? See above....

Tracy Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 8:27am

This is exceptional! Thank you. I too have had his songs running through my head this week. The world is lessened with him gone.

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:18pm

Hi Tracy - Many thanks for your kind words....your favourite and why as above?

Jul Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 8:35am

It was so sad hearing of his death. Last week was very depressing. Here is one of my favourite of Leonard Cohen's poems.

“I heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.

If I am dumb beside your body
while silence blossoms like tumors on our lips
it is because I hear a man climb stairs
and clear his throat outside our door.”


Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:19pm

Hi Jul - Thanks for that......fab. Favourite song and why - as above?

Jul Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 8:37am

I suppose I feel that Leonard Cohen's voice was that voice for me. When he sang or spoke, his voice and words were mesmerising. Julx

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:20pm

Hi Jul - I'm assuming the same one as above and you were one of thsoe women that would have given themselves to him...???

Nicco Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 8:41am

I didn't know either. Yes, a great lyricist, poet & voice, and a fitting tribute to him, Les, thank you. Nicco.

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:21pm

Hi Nicco - Thanks - favourite song and why as above?

Mary Wednesday Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 10:47am

I loved so many of his songs without know it was he who wrote them. First we take Manhatten is a particular favourite. Thank you Les, for this tribute.

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:22pm

Hi Mary W - Why is First we take Manhatten your favourite - tell your story - let us hear?

Melanie Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 12:51pm

Thank you Les for your beautiful poem - when at Uni, I used to fall asleep every night to one side of Leonard Cohen's Songs from a Room - purchased in a 2nd hand shop just because of the look of it - it became my favourite album. X

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:25pm

Hi Melanie - Thanks for your kind words - was it a song from 'Songs from a Room' that is your overall favourite and why? Love the thought of falling asleep to his songs......although I was saving electricity at college in a private flat and not a uni campus - so things were switched off at night!

Sue Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 1:47pm

Hi Les, thank you so much for this tribute.
My favourite song has to be "Bird on a wire".
"I have tried in my way to be free..." is the key lyric for me.
Free of pain, free of guilt, sorrow; just to be free...
I shall be forever grateful that Mr Cohen was able to bid us farewell with his wonderful album.
Despite terrible pain he continued to record, with his son beside him.
He is free now ~ fly high Leonard Cohen, I will miss your voice in the darkness.

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 2:12pm

Hi Sue - Fab - thanks for that. His last album 'You want it Darker' is for me as always very powerful with an even lower toned voice! Its words are so evocative as always - his lines are like spears that open up other avenues of thought in my mind.

Jul Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 3:24pm

Les, I don't know if you heard this very recent interview. Scroll down the attached page and you will find it. There are one or two adverts on the audio to begin with but then you come to the interview. It's lovely.
He had cancer. I didn't know he died from a fall. I bought You Want it Darker the week before he died. I like Amen on his album Old Ideas. I almost prefer his later work although I've been with him right from the beginning. My one regret is that I never saw him perform live.. Julxx

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 4:09pm

Hi Jul - great find thanks....bril. Just listened to it......great to hear his tones and stories. I saw him at Edinburgh Castle in 2008 - a very reverential evening - framed by the great castle behind him....perfect. He was for me 'how the light got in' to all the darkness and shallow inauthenticity that more and more surrounds us. His comment that 'wailing' and constant moaning is the worst of all human actions with all that happens around such people in the world. It even emerges in Moodscope at times - that moaning and 'woe is me' self ego stuff. A man that offered wisdom of the ages in modern songs............ and who ended with one of his new songs saying "I'm leaving the table, I'm out of the game." Oct 2016 RIP Mr C

The Gardener Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 5:46pm

Mary Wednesday - goes for me too - hundreds of songs one loves and knows so well - no idea who wrote and sang them. Really listening now as radio is so important - and proud when I tie composition to composer. When we had our first house in France in the 80's we had a huge radio/casette player. The radio is still excellent. I'm talking classical music now, but there was a local radio station - really local, about 10 kms - it seems some philanthropic guy got it going in an old school - no news, no ads. But we discovered Monteverdi, Zelenca and Charpentier and rushed out for the CD's. Then 25 years helping with our little music festival has introduced us to a huge range of music. Hope I'm not an intellectual snob - but with 5 kids with separate music systems we got a bit cynical about pop - although Leonard Cohen cannot be classed so. The 14 year old would be utterly scathing about what the 10 year old was listening to. Now, if one starts to like something (have to recognise it first) you find it's old hat and you're left behind again. Les, above, about moaning and groaning - 'emerges in Moodscope at times'. Surely it's like the news - good news is not news - it's the awfulness of things that drives a lot of us into print - shoulders to cry on - often the writing 'lightens the load' or clears thoughts - many of us are like me, I think - looking for acceptance and learning to 'ride above the problems'.

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 9:24pm

Hi TG - see below - I'll seek to cpature it all in one.

Christine Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 6:29pm

Thank you, Les. Just thank you. xx

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 9:13pm

Hi Christine - Thank you for taking the time.

the room above the garage Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 6:51pm

And your favourite, with story, Les?

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 9:22pm

Hi RATG - I guess it would have to be Alexandra Leaving - where the words above emerged from. Everytime I play it takes me to a place where - there is sorrow and also hope - there is parting and yet the possibility of something new - there is both depth and width - there is life and always 'both and' and never the IQ Newtonian, divisive, dualistic and ultimately negative 'either or'................... Everytime it gets me............... You'll see how I sought to blend Leonard's lyrics with my words - once I got the kinda time element to it............... I wish I could do paragraphs on this - all my words just blend into one big para :-( I'll try some spaces ...........................................Suddenly the night has grown colder. The god of love preparing to depart. Alexandra hoisted on his shoulder, They slip between the sentries of the heart. / Upheld by the simplicities of pleasure, They gain the light, they formlessly entwine; And radiant beyond your widest measure They fall among the voices and the wine. / It’s not a trick, your senses all deceiving, A fitful dream, the morning will exhaust – Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost. / Even though she sleeps upon your satin; Even though she wakes you with a kiss. Do not say the moment was imagined; Do not stoop to strategies like this. / As someone long prepared for this to happen, Go firmly to the window. Drink it in. Exquisite music. Alexandra laughing. Your firm commitments tangible again. / And you who had the honor of her evening, And by the honor had your own restored – Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving; Alexandra leaving with her lord. / Even though she sleeps upon your satin; Even though she wakes you with a kiss. Do not say the moment was imagined; Do not stoop to strategies like this. / As someone long prepared for the occasion; In full command of every plan you wrecked – Do not choose a coward’s explanation that hides behind the cause and the effect. / And you who were bewildered by a meaning; Whose code was broken, crucifix uncrossed – Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost. / Say goodbye to Alexandra leaving. Then say goodbye to Alexandra lost. ...........................................

The Gardener Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 6:57pm

During what passes for 'dinner' with us I cogitated on what I'd just written - and if it related to what had gone before. First, sources of songs. I wrote in French and English magazines about trying to get 'soul' into new housing estates. I photographed a particularly awful one, and tied it to the song 'Little Boxes'. No idea its provenance, so Googled, of course. It was a protest song, originating in Canada. Les, surely you are NOT castigating us for 'moaning and groaning' on Moodscope. How often has a frequent blogger and poster gone 'off the radar'. They re-emerge, luckily, usually having been 'in a bad place'. People are 'down wells' struggling with the black dog, the cafard, whatever. I am terribly aware that I 'use' Moodscope - I DO try, however grim things are - to note what is written - respond gleefully to those who 'lighten our load', have a lovely wallow in nostalgia on favourite books and films. Leonard Cohen deserves all the praise - I know nothing about him - but he lived to a good age, gave lots of pleasure, had the joy of being famous in his own lifetime. When you thing of such as Amy Winehouse (right spelling)!

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 9:24pm

Hi TG - as above and below

The Gardener Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 7:28pm

I've re-read, thought, wondered if I'm over-reacting - but why does Les make me feel I should not be on Moodscope with this 'self-ego' stuff. Might be more rational in the morning. Fabulous Requiem on France Musique - no idea where it comes from!

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 9:25pm

Hi TG - I'll respond to Caroline's email below in a oner.

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 9:17pm

Hi Gardener, don't be ridiculous. We love your comments - I know you're having a hard time, but we love hearing about your life which is so colourful and interesting. You're right, Les should not be be castigating people on Moodscope for anything. Carolinex

Les Thu, Nov 17th 2016 @ 10:09pm

Hi Caroline and TG - OK let's explain this as I see it. 1) I mentioned about what Leonard Cohen actually talks about in his very last interview. He talks of his buddist teachings and how the only this his Master ever riled on was what he called 'wailing'. Moaning about life while all around was beauty if you were not self indulgent. 2) I repeat 'His comment that 'wailing' and constant moaning is the worst of all human actions with all that happens around such people in the world.' and I said it even emerges in Moodscope at times - in my opinion. Did I mention any names? Did I stress that it was anywhere near regular? Was it and has it ever been in my main blog? 3) I think Moodscope is GREAT and thus why I am keen enough to take time to write for it and Caroline who does a FAB job. I do at times personally think it can very occasionally be a bit 'soft' - which is my opinion and one I have not bothered to voice up till now - as it is not about me and 'moaning' and I hope my blogs are exploring people. It is also why I advocate 'Tough Love' - hence my blog about the great Sally Brampton - The Sunday Times augany Aunt that committed suicide earlier this year. Her column written by another now - is actually called 'TOUGH LOVE'. And I'm sure others could take another opinion - as they should!! SURELY THAT IS WHAT MOODSCOPE IS ALL ABOUT - DIFFERING OPINIONS THAT OTHERS MAY NOT AGREE WITH - AND SURELY THAT IS OK - or are you now saying that alternative comments should not be allowed...even if they do not get personal. YOU ARE NOW MAKING YOUR COMMENTS ABOUT ME AND NOT THE SUBJECT - which I belive is thus making it personal - which is not what I belive Moodscope is about. 4)I believe everyone should have an outlet. Where I personally struggle, is, if it goes on and on and with all the advice and support they get from the great Moodscope people and nothing changes - I believe it gets dangerous! As what I believe it is then saying, especially to some new people who come on the site - is that no matter what you do or what advice you get or how much support you have - it is not going to change things for the better!!!!!! Crucially - a suicidal person (as I myslef have been) looking for help and hope in my view - and looking daily on Moodscope - could think "what's the point" and give up, if the same what I would call self indulgence is there day after day - even regardless of the blog they are actually wrting and commenting on. I truly struggle with that thought and knowing how I 'saw' things when I was suicidal That is not to say anyone should stop it and I know Caroline would print it - it is my personal view however and likley the only slight 'moan/ concern' I have about Moodscope - not for myself - FOR OTHERS. I certainly didn't castigate anyone 5) Personally if some are quite rightly allowed to 'moan' - can no one moan about moaning? That doesn't seem very fair does it? 6) Crucially no one can make you feel anything - feelings come from inside - and if you read anything into my comments - they are of your own creation and from your own conscience - Caroline and others that respond to your writing I'm sure always offer constructive and positive feedback - which I would hope helps you survive and move on to overcome your challenges and lighten your load. .................."No-one can make you feel inferior without your consent" Eleanor Roosevelt, 'This is my Story' 1937

g Fri, Nov 18th 2016 @ 12:06am

It is pretty late to add my three pieces of whatever and probably nobody will see it . I had been moved by Leonard Cohen's departure too , Les , and did write a poem as well - inspired by him and a workshop that I was attending at the time - next day. It would never cross my mind to submit it here , though , and this statement is not a judgement on your submission . I enjoyed very much reading through posts and they would not have happened without this particular poem .I do not remember whose poem it was in the past that I did criticize and I did not mean it to be personal . I was not criticizing the person . I was just stating my reaction to the poem . Still after coming down from my high horse I did rush back to apologise to the author . It takes big balls to submit a blog and I have not done it yet . Another poet Eminem said " You have enemies ? Good for you. It means that you stood up for something. " Nobody is ever loved by everybody .Even Jesus did not pull this one of. We need enemies for polarity.
Everybody should be able to say : " I do not agree with you " Everybody should be able to state their own opinion . Everybody should be able to reply OR NOT . It really hurts sometimes when an opinion does not cause any responses too . However there are few lessons that I took from different places. Take what you like and what helps , leave the rest . Do not say anything to somebody unless you have something nice to say . In short live and let live . Yes we are here to help each other but you can lead a horse to water but you cannot force it to drink and from my daughter when she was little - " Do not yuck yuck somebody's yum yum " . We all like a good fight but we should shake hands after . It is good to clear the air and lungs . Sometimes we scream at others but they are just mirrors to our souls ... etc.etc. I do not mean to patronize ( why did I feel obliged to apologize ? for writing what is on my mind ? so everybody is welcome to write their mind as long and as often as they need , want , feel as there is no limit to this page - it goes on and on ... Personally ? I would prefer a critical reaction than no reaction at all but it is just me. I bet there are those who read everything and do not dare write a single word and it is good unless they are afraid. In the beginning there was a clever Olek ( ficticious name ) who tried to correct grammar and typos in others posts . He was soon shut up by an uproar and rightly so ! Write badly , make mistakes , repeat , moan , wail , be boooring , be free , oh , I forgot to write about my Cohen's favourite song .
My favourite song is the last one that I heard " You want it harder " why ? because he was a genius and had style , he was a sage and a joker , a warier and a lover and just because . I am out . The day is up . time for a walk with my dog. hugs to all . just do not fish for compliments please because when I like what you say I hate you for being more clever than me but when you show me your wounds I want to wrap my arms around you...

Les Fri, Nov 18th 2016 @ 2:35am

Hi 'g' - great stuff...I love the story about your emotional reaction and then without needing it really probably - your retraction. Aye - Cohen's new album is stunning......

g Fri, Nov 18th 2016 @ 2:43am

so it is not only me up all night again ?

Les Fri, Nov 18th 2016 @ 2:48am

Nope :-)

g Fri, Nov 18th 2016 @ 12:21am

Shame on you , Caroline , for speaking like a queen ,for speaking for all , for taking sides , for treating us like naughty children , for not exercising Wu Wei principle ....

Caroline Ashcroft Moodscope Fri, Nov 18th 2016 @ 12:31am

Hi g, thanks for your comment. I'm not taking sides, I was actually saying that everyone can say what they want to (as long as it's not rude). Caroline

g Fri, Nov 18th 2016 @ 3:00am

Thank you for making it clear.

Paul Fri, Nov 18th 2016 @ 5:40am

Hi les
Sorry I am a bit late with my reply
My favourite is, dance to the end of love. I think the melody is amazing.
The video that is on u tube with it is superb.


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