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Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Leonard Cohen and Time Machines
Sometimes I start out looking online for one thing and pretty soon I have wandered far, far from home, or the place I started from, anyway. This happened to me last night in a most intriguing web-ride. It started with Leonard Cohen, segued into Pink Floyd, then on to Federico Garcia Lorca, which conjured up Frida Kahlo, and then back again to Leonard, who happens to be one of my favorite songwriters. Yes, he's a singer, too, but it's the poetry of his lyrics that have been a source of inspiration, asking me to look more closely, to feel more deeply, to surrender to the sounds and internal images that arrive almost unbidden. It's a world I love to visit.
I had known of him for many years, but had not become firmly attached to his music until he recorded his album, "Ten New Songs." I started listening and have never stopped. After almost ten years now, it continues to speak to me in ways I cannot articulate. But I'll try. I never tire of the music or the words, always hearing or seeing something new, a phrase or an image that had escaped me in previous listening. Every song is, as they say, a gem, a finely cut and nuanced gem, that allows the light to come through as you hold it up again and again with fresh eyes. His work with Sharon Robinson, on both the writing and the performing, is one of those perfect pairings that music finds every now and then.
I was sitting at Pasqual's in Santa Fe, several years ago, waiting for a friend to join me for breakfast, when his song, "In My Secret Life," quietly came over the sound system. I had heard it many times before, often listening to this album as I drifted off to sleep under those star-filled, New Mexico nights. But that morning, it caught in my memory, and that moment is now etched there, one of those magical moments that remain long after the rest of the memory is gone.
Last night, as I was looking and listening, I came across another song on that album, "Love Itself," which has an amazing video that dovetails with another long-held interest of mine: Time. I have mentioned this before, in other posts, most notably the one titled, "Joanne," from April 19th of this past spring. I love looking at the myriad possibilities.
One of my favorite movies when I was young was, "The Time Machine." The notion of building a time machine that could take you back in time, or forward, was beyond intriguing to me. Talk about myriad possibilities.
So, when it was remade in 2002 with Guy Pierce, one of my favorite actors, who happens to be in another movie that looks at time and the nature of reality in a most interesting way, "Memento," I was champing at the bit to see it, to see this new version. I was not disappointed. Here is Guy in a scene from "The Time Machine," the scene in which he realizes that he has, indeed, built a workable time machine. It's paired with Leonard's song, "Love Itself." I couldn't decide whether to concentrate on the lyrics or the video, so I had to watch it more than once, three times so far, to see all it offered. The real visual payoff is in the last thirty seconds, with an interesting final scene/message that I loved. I hope you like it, too.
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I too listen to Leonard Cohen. I have I'm Your Man. I haven't seen that movie, but love Cohen's "Love Itself." I'll be off to rent that movie and probably, if I know me, will get that album. I can just imagine you at Pasqual's...ReplyDelete
Ahh the wonderful Leonard Cohen, I am meeting him in a couple of weeks.... me and a few hundred others at his concert.ReplyDelete
You have such a magical way with words, Teresa. You make me want to go right out and buy the music and books you are musing about. And do I detect a wee longing for Santa Fe?ReplyDelete
Lynne, I have, "I"m Your Man," as well, and isn't it a great documentary? I'm planning to watch it again, possibly this evening. I think you will really like that group of songs and the movie, The Time Machine, with Guy Pierce, also.ReplyDelete
Marilyn, I'm turning green! Have a wonderful time!
Cheryl, Thank you so much. re: longing for SF: Maybe just a little. It holds some very special memories for me of a great time in my life. I love being here, in Minnesota now, knowing I can return to visit SF. I hope to do so soon.
Ah yes, the memories, thank goodness for them, the future is now, I long for a lot of places I used to live, as each one I loved and I am learning to love where I live now, learning to live in the moment, thanks for that reminder.ReplyDelete
Fascinating. Beautiful music, beautiful voice. What a beautiful face. I'll let this be the last moment of my evening. Thank you. Goodnight.ReplyDelete
Linda, It's nice to have memories, as long as they don't hold you hostage and keep you from staying present to what Life is offering in the moment. It's an ongoing practice, for me....ReplyDelete
Grethe, You're very welcome. Sleep well, my dear.
Well, you had quite an evening. You also visited 2 of my favorites, Lorca and Frida K. I'm not in the loop, you know, as far as knowing who is popular or "in" so I'm not familiar with the artist. When the vid began, I thought, oh, a guy who can't sing, like Rex Harrison in My Fair Lady but soon I was so relaxed, it put me into a blissful sleep. That's the wrong reaction, huh? I didn't even hear the words, I was gone.ReplyDelete
There is no "wrong reaction," Manzanita. His voice may not be considered good by traditional standards, but it has a quality, a timbre, that is quite wonderful to me, and paired with the music, yep, you can be gone pretty quickly into "blissful sleep," heavy on the blissful. : )ReplyDelete
Hmmm...Pasqual's, as well as your post.ReplyDelete
Pasqual's...Perhaps I'll meet you and Brenda for lunch and libations sometime. Next visit? : )ReplyDelete