More re Leonard Cohen, and a prayer

More re Leonard Cohen, and a prayer

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Hey, today's NY Times talks more about Leonard: On the Road, for Reasons Practical and Spiritual. His songs are the closest thing I have to a liturgy:

About the meaning of those songs, Mr. Cohen is diffident and elusive. Many are, he acknowledges, “muffled prayers,” but beyond that he is not eager to reveal much.

“It’s difficult to do the commentary on the prayer,” he said. “I’m not a Talmudist, I’m more the little Jew who wrote the Bible,” a reference to a line in “The Future,” a song he released in 1992. “I feel it doesn’t serve the enterprise to really examine it from outside the moment.”

I don't know how to articulate what this means to me, so from The Land Of Plenty:

For the innermost decision
That we cannot but obey
For what's left of our religion
I lift my voice and pray:
May the lights in The Land of Plenty
Shine on the truth … some day.

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Marcos

I had the privilege of attending his concert in Amsterdam last summer and it was an extraordinary experience (I wrote about it here [in Spanish]: http://grankabeza.blogspot.com/2008/07/mucho-leonard.html)
None of his songs is more of a prayer to me than Hallelujah, which the whole audience at the Westerpark sang in communion.
As Lou Reed put it on the occasion of Cohen's induction to the R&R Hall of Fame: "We're so lucky to be alive at the same time Leonard Cohen is".

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