Doors Open at 6:30 pm …

This past Monday, November 6, 2017, I had the privilege to attend the Tower of Song: A Memorial Trubute to Leonard Cohen. The doors to the Bell Centre, downtown Montreal, opened shortly after 6:30 pm, and the rest, as they say, was history.

The tribute was organized by Adam Cohen, his family and friends, to celebrate the life of Adam’s father, Leonard Cohen. The late Leonard Cohen passed away a year ago, on November 7, 2016. He was born and raised in Montreal, and became a well known poet, song writer and musician.

The overall experience was magical and overwhelming, listening to more than 20 renditions of Leonard Cohen’s music by various artists, who volunteered their time to participate. My most favourite songs of all were k.d. lang’s rendition of “Hallelujah,” and “Famous Blue Raincoat” by Damien Rice. My partner and I had seen Leonard Cohen and Damien Rice in a concert together in Dublin in 2008, and this brought back many fond memories of that overseas trip.

Also worth mentioning were performances by Sharon Robinson, who sang “I’m Your Man,” and provided background vocals with the Webb sisters for much of the concert; Patrick Watson, a local singer who I had not been aware of; and the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir, who performed the background vocals for “You Want it Darker.”

Leonard Cohen penned many poems and song lyrics, so I will leave the last words to Leonard (and his co-writer):

I’ll try to say a little more:
Love went on and on
Until it reached an open door –
Then Love Itself
Love Itself was gone.”

chorus to “Love Itself,” written by Sharon Robinson and Leonard Cohen

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Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge: Music

I have found that one way to learn more about blogging is to follow other blogs. One new thing I have discovered is the existence of weekly photo challenges.

These photo challenges remind me of one of the pleasures of belonging to a camera club. In the camera club, you would typically have one or several topics for submissions each month. Some topics encouraged you to be creative about the subject matter, and then you would go out and shoot a few images to try and capture your thoughts.

Weekly challenges don’t allow much time for imagination, so I am thinking that most of the time I will be scouring my archives for a shot that matches the topic.

This week, I am entering Cee’s Black and White Photo Challenge for the first time. Going forward with this and other challenges, I have decided to submit two images per topic – one image for my title page, and the other as my feature submission. This should increase my output of posts (depending on how I can relate to the assigned topics of the week), which I have learned is a good thing to do, in order to maintain contact with other bloggers.

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My choice for a Music image is a photo of a musician in the Royal Australian Navy Band, based in Sydney. The event was a naval parade through downtown Sydney. There were several bands, and crews marching from many RAN vessels. It was a big day.

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RAN Band, Sydney – in Sydney, March 2009