Friday, July 9, 2010

I want to travel blind...

i'm so very tired right now. i spent all morning in ada attending my doctor's appointment. i'm finally home now and i want to make this quick post then take a nap. as of right now, my dad is having knee surgery. i hope the old man has a good operation and all goes well.

since i'm so sleepy, i want to post something that's quiet and refined. here's another one of the most influential singer/songwriters to exist. a person of great mystique and talent, mr Leonard Cohen.

leonard cohen is one of folk's most accomplished artists. alongside other notable singers like Bob Dylan, Nick Drake and Conor Oberst, leonard cohen is a cult favorite and often regarded with very high praise. besides being a wonderful singer, leonard cohen is also a poet and novelist. he is famously reclusive and at one time spent several years in a zen buddhist monastery. this dude comes from our neighbors to the north, canada, and resides in montreal quebec. he started his career in writing in 1956 and pursued making folk music in 1967.

today you will find four albums by this folk mastermind. we start with his amazing debut, The Songs of Leonard Cohen, then follow that with his second album, Songs From a Room. next we have his third album, Songs of Love and Hate then his latter album, Various Positions. the two video's i'm posting are my favorite tracks from leonard and they are his most popular. "suzanne" comes from his first album and was made famous by singer Judy Collins and "hallelujah" comes from various positions and was covered greatly by the late Jeff Buckley. i hope you all will try these out and see if you can't get inspired to do great things like leonard has...

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 harbor
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.

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