Leonard Cohen

Was Leonard Cohen A Zionist?

Leonard Cohen traveled to Israel during the Yom Kippur War and his “Hallelujah” was featured at a Yom Yerushalayim concert. But what does that mean?

Jewish Culture

Leonard Cohen song is anthem of Jewish exclusivists

On May 21, Israeli Jews celebrated 50 years of Jewish sovereignty over Jerusalem with a light show on the Old City walls, and the highlight was a …

Israel

Alec Baldwin Opens “SNL” as Donald Trump and Covers Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”

Mere days after the presidential election in November, Kate McKinnon opened “Saturday Night Live” by performing as Hillary Clinton and covering Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Now, to close out its 42nd season, the show has borrowed from that moment for a very different kind of opening. Alec Baldwin, …

Alec Baldwin

"Nothing in this human realm is meant to work. So once you can deeply appreciate that...the mind of compassion grows if you understand that everybody's up against it." Leonard Cohen - Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered

”<p><i>The greatest help you can get from anything is to find out it doesn’t work</i><p><b>Leonard Cohen</b><p>From Leonard Cohen interview With Stina Dabrowski (Mount …

Compassion

'Jews who rock': The Gershman Y celebrates Leonard Cohen

One of the coolest cultural events in recent memory in Philadelphia happened in December when the Gershman Y celebrated the anniversary of Andy …

Philadelphia

Shot on Lytro’s Light-field Camera, ‘Hallelujah’ Is a Stunning Mix of Volumetric Film and Audio

<i>Hallelujah</i> is a new experience by VR film studio Within that’s captured using Lytro’s latest Immerge light-field camera which captures volumetric …

Augmented Reality

Thank-You Photo From Leonard Cohen To Penny Showalter - Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered

Penny sent Leonard a pop-up card featuring a cake for his 82nd birthday. He responded with this note and photo.<p><i>delicious!</i> <i><br>Thank you, Penny</i> <i><br>for all the</i> …

Entertainment

The Broken Grace of Leonard Cohen

<i>Editor's Note: The deaths of David Bowie, Prince, and Leonard Cohen; the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Bob Dylan; the public feud between</i> …

University of Chicago

Tom Hickox: Monsters in the Deep review – baroque, operatic songwriting

(Family Tree/Warner Chappell)<p>Singer-songwriter Tom Hickox is the son of the conductor, Richard, a heavyweight of the international classical music scene who died in 2008. His influence is clear in Hickox Jr’s rumbling baritone delivery – part Morrissey, part opera star – which sounds as though it …

Music

Day 84/100: Briana Marela – “There Is A War” (Leonard Cohen cover)

Our First 100 Days was started by the Secretly Group and 30 Songs, 30 Days. A song is released every day for the first 100 days of Trump’s …

Entertainment

We’re all post-apocalyptic outlaws now

There are, as usual, two ways to approach it.<p>One is, of course, to hurl your worldview to the floor like a child in tantrum, let it get lost in a frothy fit of karmic despair as you say, essentially, to hell with it all, we are done for, the world’s on violent downspin and Trump is both the …

U.S. Presidency

‘Amazing’ 20-storey mural in downtown Montreal will pay tribute to Leonard Cohen

A towering mural commemorating Montreal singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen will grace the side of a 20-storey building on Crescent Street in …

Music

Brownstein: Giant mural on Crescent an ill-fitting tribute to Leonard Cohen

It could have been worse. At least it’s not a crude etching of him on a temporary vinyl covering a city bus shelter. Or some roughly hewn sculpture …

Canadian News

With her Leonard Cohen tribute, Feist found a way to say goodbye

If it were an easy thing to write a song, every Tom, Dick and Harry Nilsson would be doing it. Leonard Cohen, for example, famously struggled to complete <i>Hallelujah</i>. It took him three years and 70 verses to get it done, and when he finally turned it in, the record company didn’t like it. David …

Entertainment

Brian Williams Uses Leonard Cohen Lyric To Describe 'Beautiful' Strike On Syria

It has not gone down well.<p>MSNBC’s Brian Williams faced an immediate backlash late Thursday for repeatedly describing the U.S. military strike on Syria as “beautiful.”<p>The journalist appeared unable to contain his wonder as he spoke over footage of U.S. Navy destroyers launching Tomahawk missiles …

Media Industry

Brian Williams Criticized After Quoting Leonard Cohen To Call Syria Airstrike Missiles 'Beautiful'

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams was facing backlash from social media users after calling the U.S. missiles launched at Syria Thursday night "beautiful." …

Syria

Brian Williams Draws Ire Quoting Leonard Cohen to Describe “Beautiful” Syrian Airstrikes

Last night, the United States launched a missile strike in Syria in response to a deadly chemical attack earlier this week that killed dozens, including many children. As <i>The Washington Post</i> points out, news anchor Brian Williams, covering the strike last night on MSNBC, was roundly criticized for …

Canadian Literature

People are stunned by Brian Williams' praise for Trump's missile strike

In order to make a comeback, you have to go away. And a few folks on Twitter feel MSNBC anchor Brian Williams perhaps hasn't been away long enough.<p>Williams, again, found himself in the news rather than reporting it on Thursday night into Friday morning after he praised United States missiles that …

Journalism

News presenter criticised for quoting Leonard Cohen lyrics to describe ‘beautiful’ Syrian airstrikes

Brian Williams paid homage to Cohen's song 'First We Take Manhattan'<p>US news anchor Brian Williams has been criticised after quoting Leonard Cohen …

Music

Did Brian Williams Really Quote Leonard Cohen To Praise Syria Strike?

The United States’s strike on a Syrian airfield has generated confusion across the political spectrum, from President Trump’s far-right supporters’ …

Jewish Culture

Kansas teen’s viral clip of her singing into well inspires her to change career course

What first seemed like an unremarkable moment with her choir buddies, singing into a “well in Italy with a nice echo,” has turned into a …

Canadian News

The web can't get enough of a girl singing down a well

Commentary: She saw a well. She thought of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." And now she's famous.<p><i>Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.</i><p>Oh, she's probably got a manager already. A deal, too.<p>But once she does all her interviews, she'll reminisce …

Wichita teen sings Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' into an echoing well in Italy

While traveling with her Collegiate Madrigals ensemble in Italy – a trip the singing group takes during odd-numbered years – Tiffany Ruan, 17, …

Entertainment

Watch Feist Cover Leonard Cohen’s “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye”

Feist took the stage at this weekend’s Juno Awards to deliver a tribute to the late Leonard Cohen. She performed his song “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.” By way of introduction, Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau shared some memories of Cohen, before a clip of Cohen’s voice aired to begin …

Music

Feist pays tribute to Leonard Cohen at the 2017 Juno Awards — watch

The 2017 Juno Awards took place at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa, Ontario on Sunday evening. The late Leonard Cohen was honored several times …

Music

Leonard Cohen Predicted Trump Would Be Elected, Says His Son

OTTAWA — Leonard Cohen told his family, in his final days, he was confident Donald Trump would be elected president of the United States.<p>The Montreal …

Music

Juno Awards: Spectre of loss overshadows the wins

OTTAWA—Not to get all deep and depressing over a stupid awards show or anything, but the 2017 Juno Awards were nothing if not a constant reminder of …

Music

Leonard Cohen’s son says the singer was confident Donald Trump would be elected

OTTAWA — Leonard Cohen told his family, in his final days, he was confident Donald Trump would be elected president of the United States.<p>The Montreal …

Donald Trump

Leonard Cohen's son Adam jokes about father while accepting Juno on his behalf

OTTAWA -- Leonard Cohen told his family, in his final days, he was confident Donald Trump would be elected president of the United States.<p>The …

Canadian News

Leonard Cohen, Kaytranada, Laurence Nerbonne, Grimes among Quebecers honoured at non-televised Juno gala

OTTAWA — Leonard Cohen was honoured posthumously, and Kaytranada, Laurence Nerbonne, Grimes and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal were among the …

Music