Dec 262012
 

When I was a teenager, I remember hearing “Suzanne,” by Leonard Cohen, for the first time. I was haunted – by the sound of Cohen’s voice, by the images in the song. I never became a HUGE fan – I liked his music a lot, but didn’t particularly educate myself either about his life or his non-musical oeuvre. I was content simply to enjoy his music.

A week or so ago, T and I saw him at the new Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. (Somehow, coincidentally, unexpectedly, bizarrely, we found ourselves seated – literally – next to L. As in, T and L shared an armrest. Hysterical. Crazy.)

Anyway, it was, for me a bit of a revelation.

Cohen is, if you don’t know,a 78-year-old Jewish balladeer and poet and novelist and former zen monk from Montreal. His voice is deep, scratchy, resonant. Sort of like Tom Waits on a lot of valium. And without Waits’s antipathy to tonality. Cohen’s voice is, in fact, beautiful, in an utterly idiosyncratic way.

I knew all of that before last night.

What I hadn’t known – perhaps because I simply hadn’t been paying attention – is that he’s not just a great musician, he’s a sex god.

I will tell you – I don’t think I have ever seen anything as sexy as him reciting the lyrics to his song, “A Thousand Kisses Deep.”

When he finished, I looked over – at T, and at L. Both of them were melted, L literally fanning herself. I felt much the same way.

It was just awesome.

  5 Responses to “I’m your man”

  1. Cohen is one of my favourite singers. I met him years ago just by chance. I happened to see him sitting on a restaurant patio on Canada day. He is extremely sweet and polite. I have never seen him live but I’ve heard he introduces his band members constantly.

    As for his voice, he is one of the sexiest voices I know… deep, resonating. Not to mention that mind to create the lyrics, certain poems he has written to music are beyond sexy.

  2. He’s EXACTLY like Tom Waits on valium. Genius description.

  3. I have just recently discovered “A 1000 Kisses Deep” and love it. I’m so jealous!

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