I am a recently retired postal carrier, and have been writing poems and/or stories all my life. My favorite poets are Dickinson, Lorca, Whitman, Neruda, Cohen, Hughes, Poe, Rossetti, Blake, and the Beats.
I must always have at least one dog. Currently ruling the roost is Zacky Peanut, super dog at large.
Which Rossetti do you read, Dante Gabriel or Christina?ReplyDelete
Christina. Dante's poetry has never really grabbed me, but I do find his connection with Elizabeth Siddal fascinating.ReplyDelete
New look. I like it.ReplyDelete
Are there any Cohen covers you like better than Cohen's? I'm curious.
Sioux--Roberta Flack's version of "Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye" and Emmylou Harris's version of "Ballad Of A Runaway Horse" which even Cohen himself thinks is better than his "Ballad Of An Absent Mare" (same song, dif title.)ReplyDelete
In LP days when I was young, I always checked to see who wrote the songs (it used to almost always be on the label of the LP after the titles) and Flack's version is how I discovered Cohen in the first place. I bought "Songs From A Room" and have loved his music ever since.
Hey--I'm BACK into the LP days. That hiss just can't be beat.ReplyDelete
I just listened to both of those covers. Does Emmylou Harris sing anything bad? Is her voice the only thing that's alluring? ;)
Also, Roberta Flack took "Killing Me Softly"--a song about Don McClean--and made it into a hit. What incredible instrumentation on Cohen's song. Thanks for sharing those two.
You don't like Buckley's cover of "Hallelujah" better than Cohen's?
Sioux--yes I DO like Buckley's version best. I guess I didn't include it cos that's not my favorite song on his album. "Corpus Christi Hymn" is the one that blows me away the most.ReplyDelete
And no, Emmylou has many charms. Sighhhh. Not the least of which is that she is a major dog lover and has a shelter called Bonaparte's Retreat!