My parents and I drove up to Columbus on Tuesday to see Leonard Cohen’s performance at the Palace Theatre. I still have no idea why we went. My parents know “Suzanne” and “Hallelujah”, but little else. My Leonard Cohen fandom peaked in 1998 and I pretty much swore off the man and his works after a reading of Beautiful Losers caused me to go into a season-long depression. But time went by. I eventually got over the novel; I hardly ever shudder when I get in an elevator. Hardly ever.
It occurs to me now that only about two people out there will have any idea what I’m talking about, so let’s try a different approach, shall we? My parents and I went to a Leonard Cohen concert because it was either that or staying in our respective homes and watching NBC’s smash-hit comedy, The Biggest Loser. We could either go see a legendary author, poet, and musician perform or watch overweight contestants go to the gym. When those are your options, Leonard Cohen should win every single time.
[This is the paragraph where I would normally use words and phrases like “good” or “really good” or “best” or “really the best” or “really good at being the best”, but I find that I’m a bit off this morning. My usual junior high newspaper quality “reviews” just won’t cut it this time. Leonard Cohen was absolutely amazing, but I don’t feel like writing about him or his fedora or any of it. We definitely made the right choice in going to the concert, but just thinking about Beautiful Losers again has sapped me of my motivation. I wish I hadn’t read that book. I think I’m going to wear the same clothes as yesterday. It’s awfully dreary out.]
As always, here’s the setlist:
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/Instrumental–>Who By Fire/Chelsea Hotel #2/Waiting For the Miracle/Anthem (recitation)–>Anthem (w/intros)
Second set: Tower of Song/Suzanne/Sisters of Mercy/The Gypsy’s Wife/The Partisan/Boogie Street (sung by Sharon Robinson)/Hallelujah/I’m Your Man/A Thousand Kisses Deep (recitation)/Take This Waltz (w/intros)
Encore: So Long, Marianne/First We Take Manhattan/Famous Blue Raincoat/If It Be Your Will (recitation)/If It Be Your Will (performed by the Webb Sisters)/Closing Time
One last song: I Tried to Leave You
And here’s my usual concert-related ephemera. I threw in a couple pictures taken on a trail up by my parents’ house just because I didn’t know what else to do with them.