While reading in a coffee shop (ok, so it was a Starbucks) I was introduced to Leonard Cohen's song Dance to the End of Love. I've been obsessing about it ever since. It's plangent melody, which sounds like something Eastern European or Jewish in melody, is wonderfully endearing and catchy. I've also heard Mary Hopkins' song "Those Were the Days" which is based of an old-Gypsy song Dorogoi dlinnoyu (("Дорогой длинною"). I'm looking for other pop songs that trade on Gypsy or Eastern European melodies and motifs. They need not be American songs , or even have lyrics related to rustic surroundings (Cohen's song, for instance, doesn't) but they should have that same melodic sensibility. I don't have a technical knowledge of music but most of us can atleast sort of agree what songs sound "eastern europeanish" or Gypsy-ish or Jewish (see Dve Giatari for example or Tumabalalaika for a Jewish example) They need not be American songs as well. Anything really will do.
Will the Leonard Cohen Old Ideas World Tour show in Vancouver on November 12 have an opening act? If yes, who will it be?
I have been thinking that mercy is an anachronistic concept that has little application in everyday lives. I'd like to see examples (if any) where mercy may manifest itself in your life or the culture as a whole.
Help me find yet another damn cover of "Hallelujah". [more inside]
I remember hearing a Nina Simone cover of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne" several years ago. I can find two versions of Nina Simone covering the song on the Internet, but not the one I remember. Help me, please! [more inside]
Calling all music nerds: has Tom Waits ever covered Leonard Cohen? Has Leonard Cohen ever covered Tom Waits? [more inside]
Does anyone know where can I buy piano sheet music for Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah? [more inside]
Here I am enjoying "Dear Heather", the new record from Leonard Cohen, who turned 70 last month and wondering how many other septuagenarians and eightysomethings are still out there and still adding a fine song or three to the repertory of popular song?