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Zen Tracks [24] Leonard Cohen: You Know Who I Am

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Zen Vision MYou Know Who I AmLeonard CohenSongs From A Room
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Today Cohen turns 74, so I’ll turn to my Zen Vision:M to play one of the first Cohen songs I fell in love with.

Back during my final high school year and still in my first year of exploring music beyond the tight circle of classical and religious music, I stumbled upon Cohen when visiting my father’s new girlfriend’s family one weekend in Mansfield, Pennsylvania, several hours of driving north from where we lived in the southwest corner of the state. After I had long passed the point of paying my dues, I was pointed upstairs to look in on the girlfriend’s brother, who as it turned out was holed up with a few of his friends, the room saturated with weed smoke, mysterious darkness, and the thick sounds of Leonard’s gift of a golden voice singing Stranger Song. Love at first hearing, not even a moment’s hesitation. Within the next week I was in my favorite record store on a mission, which while not blessing me with The Songs of Leonard Cohen, did infect me with Songs From A Room. Every single song of which was quite quickly committed to memory, carrying me through many a turn through the almost 40 years since.

You know who I am,
you’ve stared at the sun,
well I am the one who loves
changing from nothing to one.

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Written by macheide

21 September 2008 at 3:21 pm

Posted in vision:m


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