notes from
the MUCK . . .

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


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

Second Set:
Tower Song
The Gypsy's Wife
The Partisan
Boogie Street
I'm Your Man
Take This Waltz

First Encore:
So Long Marianne
First We Take Manhattan

Second Encore:
Famous Blue Raincoat
If It Be Your Will

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.