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There is no reason to search for God. God hasn't gone anywhere, He's right here, waiting. Uh, ever heard the expression "Can't see the forrest for the trees"?
Cohen is the sensitve one always expressing his human spirit's longing for a relationship with the Creator Spirit. That is a heavy task that makes Cohen suffer the pains of separation that most of us try to avoid feeling.
Clearly, Cohen hasn't read the memo.God is dead, for chrissake. Get with it. Bottled water is out; atheism is in. They'll keep the cool artwork, though.
There have been times, as a parent, when I wished I worshipped the Carthaginian god Moloch.Now that they're grown the kids aren't so bad.
I always thought his best songs seemed to be at least as inspired by "one great love" closer to his trousers. The spiritual aspect was evident, too, but it sometimes seemed more like a strategy for pulling sensitive chicks.He was also smart enough to play down his old school Red political ideals while still fitting in with the antiwar crowd(s). But the man's sense of humor comes through, too. Even when he's being serious, he doesn't take himself too seriously. Thanks for linking the story, Professor.
Moloch was hardly just a Carthaginian god.Carthaginian pop quiz:1. What did the Carthaginians call themselves?2. What language did they speak?Answers:1. Canaanites (Kena'ani)2. Hebrew(More properly, perhaps, both Hebrews and “Phoenicians” spoke Canaanite.)
Separated at birth: Leonard Nimoy/Leonard Cohen.
Cohen has led an interesting, self-destructive but instructive life. I've always considered his work more that of a poet than bard. There ain't no cure for love.Love of God, country, family, woman, man, whatever object of veneration/desire is futile. Love of oneself is the key as the godhead flows from within each of us wanted or not. Some will not understand until the last veil lifts.
I haven't listened to his music for a while. His melodies didn't usually have any hooks or driving rhythymns but his lyrics were those of a true poet. He thus presented the opposite of someone like Springsteen. "Like a bird on a wire, I have tried in my way to be free." Great stuff, but if you want a private jet, you need to have a toe tapping back beat.... I suppose the time spent in a Zen monastery allowed him to acquire the equilibrium to accept the fact that his manager filched all his money. That's the bright side of Zen monasteries. The down side is that the time spent living above the clouds allowed his manager to embezzle his accounts. Wharton offers a Zen MBA program to help financial advisers resolve this seeming conundrum.
a great quote FROM THE ARTICLE“All these things have their own destiny; one has one’s own destiny. The older I get, the surer I am that I’m not running the show.” In my NORTON ANTHOLOGY - My favorite - SUZANNE Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river You can hear the boats go by You can spend the night beside her And you know that she's half crazy But that's why you want to be there And she feeds you tea and oranges That come all the way from China And just when you mean to tell her That you have no love to give her Then she gets you on her wavelength And she lets the river answer That you've always been her lover And you want to travel with her And you want to travel blind And you know that she will trust you For you've touched her perfect body with your mind. And Jesus was a sailor When he walked upon the water And he spent a long time watching From his lonely wooden tower And when he knew for certain Only drowning men could see him He said "All men will be sailors then Until the sea shall free them" But he himself was broken Long before the sky would open Forsaken, almost human He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone And you want to travel with him And you want to travel blind And you think maybe you'll trust him For he's touched your perfect body with his mind. Now Suzanne takes your hand And she leads you to the river She is wearing rags and feathers From Salvation Army counters And the sun pours down like honey On our lady of the harbour And she shows you where to look Among the garbage and the flowers There are heroes in the seaweed There are children in the morning They are leaning out for love And they will lean that way forever While Suzanne holds the mirror And you want to travel with her And you want to travel blind And you know that you can trust her For she's touched your perfect body with her mind.
The first concert I'll be going to in 25 years. Wouldn't miss it.
In the Cohen film bio I'm Your Man, they have all these other people singing his songs, like Nick Cave and Wainwright kids.Then at the end they actually have him sing. Ye Gods.
Then at the end they actually have him sing. Ye Gods.His singing is definitely a matter of taste. Somewhat like Tom Waits. For some reason I love gravelly sounding voices.
I'm sure I could get used to it and come to enjoy it. I love a lot of bad singers. Heh.
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