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Treaty on an open thread

Since his passing, I have been listening to Leonard Cohen’s final album, “You Want It Darker,” released just a couple of short weeks before his death. It is magnificent. This cut is Treaty.  Obsessed. I’ve seen you change the water into wine I’ve seen you change it back to water too I sit at your…

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The light got in on an open thread

Tonight’s Friday Night music thread is dedicated to Leonard Cohen, who, like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, tried in his way to be free. “I can’t run no more with that lawless crowd while the killers in high places say their prayers out loud. But they’ve summoned, they’ve…

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So Long, Leonard

Leonard Cohen has died. Poet, singer, songwriter, rashi, lover, artist — what can I say? Cohen is/was a towering figure who loomed large in my life. He was my rabbi. I have no desire to eulogize him. It’s too painful right now, and couldn’t do him justice if I wanted to. I had meant to…

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Shreds of my soul on an open thread

Tonight’s Friday night music thread is food for the soul. Jacqueline Du Pré’s recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor is iconic. Clearly Du Pré had a special affinity for Elgar’s concerto. She loved every note. No one played like her. There is something about the way she plays….between despair and joy. Here she…

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Bob Dylan awarded Nobel Prize for literature

An unashamed and unapologetic Zionist wins the Nobel Prize Literature. Congratulations, Bob. Here are the lyrics to his 1983 song “Neighborhood Bully”: Well, the neighborhood bully, he’s just one man His enemies say he’s on their land They got him outnumbered about a million to one He got no place to escape to, no place…

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