How does your garden grow? With muck, muck and more muck! I spent much of today finishing the final muck box and then shifting muck from one box to the next. The first box, which the Big Lad is enthusiastically pointing out, has been rotting down for two years now and once we’d removed the top quarter of unrotted material, we found we’d hit the pay dirt.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Posted by Parm
I took a lot of notes in New York last week, some of which are actually about the concert. I was planning a blog post; There are pictures of the city, ruminations on solitude, the perfection of the whole thing. Maybe I'll type them up someday, maybe not. My regret is that I couldn't sneak my camera into the theater. Lots of other fans, however, fans with smaller cameras, were able to document the event.
Here was one of the many highlights of a three hours night - a spoken word rendition of A Thousand Kisses Deep:
Towards the end of the first set, he spoke to the audience for the first time. Then he delivered this dry introduction to Anthem and quipped "Hard times are coming. Some people say it's going to be even worse than Y2K:"
The old man obviously has a sense of humor. I have never seen so many standing ovations as there were during this show, and for the third and final encore, after skipping on and off the stage several times, Cohen played "I Tried to Leave You." This is also a great clip because the entire band (which included Bob Metzger, a brilliant gypsy guitarist, and the Webb Sisters) was extraordinary, and now they each had a moment in the spotlight:
Below is the set list for his performance that night. There were only a few songs that I really wanted to hear that he didn't play, but in no way did I leave unsatisfied. Now that he's launched an official U.S. tour, I hope to see him again.
First Set: Dance Me To The End of Love The Future Aint No Cure For Love Bird on the Wire Everybody Knows In My Secret Life Who By Fire Chelsea Hotel Hey That's No Way/Sisters of Mercy Anthem
Second Set: Tower Song Suzanne The Gypsy's Wife The Partisan Boogie Street Hallelujah I'm Your Man Poem Take This Waltz
First Encore: So Long Marianne First We Take Manhattan
Second Encore: Famous Blue Raincoat If It Be Your Will Democracy
Third Encore: I Tried To Leave You
Whither Thou Goest
PS - This picture was attached to the review on Pitchfork. That's the back of my head! I was sitting beside seven other people who had come alone. Somehow, that seemed fitting.