Sunday, December 22, 2019

Leonard Cohen 30-Day Tribute ... Day 30: Album #14 You Want It Darker

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Day 30: Album #14 You Want It Darker - "Traveling Light"

You Want It Darker is the fourteenth studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, released on October 21, 2016, by Columbia Records, nineteen days before Cohen's death.[1][2] The album was created towards the end of his life and focuses on death, God, and humor. It was released to critical acclaim. The title track was awarded a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance in January 2018. It was the last album released during his lifetime.

Wikipedia: After touring extensively between 2008 and 2013, Leonard Cohen began to suffer "multiple fractures of the spine" among other physical problems, according to his son Adam Cohen.[3] Due to Leonard Cohen's mobility issues, You Want It Darker was recorded in the living room of his home in Mid-Wilshire, Los Angeles and then sent by e-mail to his musical collaborators.[4]
Cohen has said his condition helped him eliminate any distractions during the recording of the album: "In a certain sense, this particular predicament is filled with many fewer distractions than other times in my life and actually enables me to work with a little more concentration and continuity than when I had duties of making a living, being a husband, being a father".[4] Despite his medical condition, Adam Cohen said his father "Occasionally, in bouts of joy, he would even, through his pain, stand up in front of the speakers, and we'd repeat a song over and over like teenagers".[3]
View full tribute playlist here.

1."You Want It Darker"Patrick LeonardAdam Cohen4:44
2."Treaty"L. CohenLeonard4:02
3."On the Level"Sharon RobinsonA. Cohen3:27
4."Leaving the Table"L. CohenA. Cohen3:47
5."If I Didn't Have Your Love"LeonardLeonard3:35
***6."Traveling Light"
  • Leonard
  • A. Cohen
A. Cohen4:22
7."It Seemed the Better Way"LeonardA. Cohen4:21
8."Steer Your Way"L. CohenA. Cohen4:23
9."String Reprise / Treaty"L. CohenLeonard3:26

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