Guest author – H. Kranzl

September 16, 2009

Spotlight_BlogA friend, fan of Leonard Cohen, attended his concert in Belgrade earlier this month. I invited him to share his impressions. Appreciation to guest contributor – Hermann Kranzl (cc)  text & link to ‘Closing Time’ (live)

21st century pilgrimage

The profane hall is dimmed,
the determined time fulfilled,
the multiple set of expectations
laid out to retrieve –
when the verses are recited,
the music is resounding,
and the light comes in
through the cracks of the mind.
Beyond the horizons of a concert,
attendant of Leonard Cohen
performing in his voice,
a spiritual experience is created.
The experience of a pilgrimage,
a pilgrimage with universal destinations,
and a prophet bending his knees
at the end of the songs.
Under cover of an atmosphere
tuned with mutual human respect,
human respect that in essence
is transcending the limits of reality,
leaving no one behind
in command of the consequences.
Leonard Cohen’s concert,
it came as a letter,
thoughtful and handwritten,
and duly signed:
“Sincerely, L. Cohen”
Belgrade, Sept. 2nd 2009

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