"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Friday, 9 July 2010

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10 comments:

  1. Music to commit suicide to.

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  2. GV, I too like some of Leonard Cohen.

    As B says his music is one some believe to be music to commit suicide to - but I suggest he also writes love songs and I suggest this:

    http://videos.bloggeti.com/dance-me-to-the-end-of-love-leonard-cohen.html

    I do find the 'female harmony' in this extremely difficult to 'sing'. The 'Greek/Jewish' element is also so 'entrancing' where the 'beat' is concerned. Also his lyrics do have a certain 'beauty' - Dance me to the end of love? If only!

    What say you?

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  3. Needless to say, I disagree with you both. I don't find Cohen 'depressing' I find him uplifting. Again, it's all about perception; I've been known to find music peaceful and restful which others have found 'sad'. I have most of Cohen's music and enjoy it all. Thanks for the tip-off though - I'd hate to be caught posting music 'to commit suicide to'!

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  4. GV, perhaps you slightly misunderstand. When I said I like some of Cohen's music I did not mean I hate some too. We all have favourites with composers/singers and the one I posted happens to be a favourite of mine.

    I too find 'sad' songs quite beautiful and peaceful too.

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  5. GV, perhaps you slightly misunderstand. When I said I like some of Cohen's music I did not mean I hate some too. We all have favourites with composers/singers and the one I posted happens to be a favourite of mine.

    I too find 'sad' songs quite beautiful and peaceful too.

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  6. Hello Mr W - so good you said it twice :-) No, I didn't think you 'hated' it - I was just concerned I might have inadvertently sent you away to slit your wrists and that wouldn't do at all :-(

    I'll try to remember that what I find relaxing others may find depressing - or I'll just have to pepper my posts with lots of smiley faces :-)

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  7. Bugger is stuck in the past. Lenny himself says some of his songs from the 70's were not the most happy but like you GV I think his music is joyous, uplifting and very often humourous. Its a shame peo[ple like Bugger have not taken the time to listen to 'Laughing Lenny' and found the joy.

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  8. Fair's fair, TFB, we can't all like the same music or place the same interpretation on it. 'Humour' isn't a word most people associate with Cohen but, yes, he can be humorous too. I love his lyrics, whatever the subject. Whatever might be said of Cohen, at least he's not banal or commonplace and if you're going to do it you may as well do it to something decent rather than Kajagoogoo or 'My Way'. Personally, if I was encouraging the route Bugger suggests I think I'd be playing Liszt for everyone ;-)

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  9. GV, there is not much of Liszt worthy of note in my book, but the following two are beautiful piano pieces - really!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sj_KsrUc54&feature=related

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpUuFIJntMM&feature=related

    most definitely not suicide music!

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  10. Perhaps we're confusing 'suicide' music' with 'music to die by', Mr W.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHGnYQgLLzc

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