Would you mind say a little bit more, Adam….
I find myself drawn to Cohen, and really like listening to him, but can find very little that works on the Folk Show. When I do find something, the only spot it seems to work is early during the SAT Am shift. Could you suggest a couple of Cohen songs that could work during more prime-time exposures? And how should we put Cohen in context for our listeners?
Cohen’s very first album, The Songs of Leonard Cohen, is one of those landmark releases and his most “folksy”. Plain, simple, dark and stripped to the soul. Not the music you put on at a party for sure. His further releases, and I am not debating their relative merit, are not as “folksy” as this as he is an artist who is difficult to pigeon hole, like a Tom Waits, he is in a classification all his own.
Robert Altman used a few songs from this album in his 1971 film “McCabe and Mrs. Miller” quite beautifully. This movie, with Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, Shelly Duvall, Keith Carradine and a host of character actors, is the dreamlike tale of a Pacific Northwest frontier town, cold, wet and primal. It is one of my all time favorite movies and nearly 40 years later, the images accompanied by Cohen’s songs remain vivid in my memory. Pretty sad but great film making in this reporter’s opinion. But then again, maybe I’m still stuck in that time warp thing.