Saturday, 16 June 2007

Balm for the soul

It’s the middle of June, and summer hasn’t even started here. The lack of sunshine is affecting me. All those years spent on the Côte d’Azur, you know... If it doesn’t begin to get lighter soon, I’ll have to travel somewhere where it’s sunny, and I don’t travel well. Then what?

Since the world has gone mad; since there is no justice, no decency, no consideration any longer, we all need something to soothe our ruffled souls. Here it is, in the shape of the beautiful Leonard Cohen – beautiful face, beautiful mind and most beautiful voice.

This version of ‘Take This Waltz’ (based on a poem by Federico Garcia Lorca) is from a 1988 Norwegian broadcast. The gorgeous backing singers swaying with Leonard are Julie Christensen and Perla Batalla.

My thanks to the person who posted it on YouTube.


  1. That is just lovely, thank you for finding it. I wish they had posted the whole show, maybe the other songs are on YouTube somewhere as well? I love YouTube!

  2. Thanks for visiting my blog, Flora.

    I think it's a particularly beautiful rendition of 'Take This Waltz'. There are also other songs on YouTube. I've only recently discovered what an extraordinary resource YouTube is. It may be too late, though: they're cracking down on infringements of copyright and there may be fewer videos available in the near future.

  3. Leonard is a magician: minutes after I posted that video, the sun came out (for a little while). :-)


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