While counting down the days to Brussels and seeing Leonard live again I’ve been editing a couple of photos to pass the time. Top photo edited using Paint.net and the bottom two using an on-line editor called Photogramio.
And then this morning while feeling depressed knowing loads of friends are going to the concert in London I instantly cheered up with these pendants arrived all the way from Toronto. Thanks to my friend Judy for the wonderful gift. My photos here don’t do them justice as they look great.
Video using an audio recording of Light As The Breeze from Ghent August 14th 2012 using photos I took in Ghent, Dublin, Montreal and Toronto
While I had personalised t-shirts for the concerts in 2010 they were no longer suitable for this tour so firstly I got two t-shirts made thinking that would be plenty. However I’m not too keen on one of them because I’ve decided grey isn’t a colour for me so that will now be a night-dress! This one did however survive my quality control and is my officially my first concert t-shirt of 2012 in honour of my favourite song from Old Ideas. Enter exhibit 1:
Having a polka dot top I felt sorted for the two Ghent concerts thinking I’d get official t-shirts there for the Dublin concerts there. Alas then came Joey’s post on Camp Cohen with the “Keep Calm And Cohen On” sign with the unified heart and I immediately saw the potential for a t-shirt so it was down to the drawing board and time to design a t-shirt which took me hours as I don’t have Photoshop. If I had that at my disposal t-shirt designing would be a much easier job but probably just as well I don’t as one does not have a bottomless pit of money to buy these. Enter exhibit 2: (note: the work was worth it as Joey loved this, see the photo he took of me with Mandy who I also ordered one of these t-shirts for https://myleonardcohenjourney.files.wordpress.com/2012/08/16-gwen-and-mandy.jpg?w=700&h=
As there was only a few days between ordering this t-shirt and leaving for Ghent I needed to order using priority shipping so to make that worth my while I decided to order just one more t-shirt using a photo I had taken of Leonard in Katowice 2010 holding a rose where I changed all the image except the rose to black and white. Enter exhibit 3:
Enough already I heard the sensible voice in my head say but then came the sign in Ghent of the silhouette of Leonard and the idea developes in my head that this is another great t-shirt idea. I have to thank Dr.HGuy though for his idea of the little editing to the hat, see here: http://drhguy.posterous.com/leonard-cohen-sign The addition of Leonard’s words to the sign were my own idea. Enter exhibit 4:
Again though I needed to justify shipping costs so just one more t-shirt needed to be ordered. The grey t-shirt mentioned at the top of this post had Hallelujah written on it and even though the grey didn’t suit me I still wanted a Hallelujah t-shirt as it is my favourite of all Leonard’s songs and is in my opinion the greatest song every written. While in Ghent my friend Mandy had a t-shirt with a while silhouette of Leonard’s face which I loved so I decided to combine the image and Hallelujah so here is final t-shirt…………………. for now…………… Enter exhibit 5:
So here the story of t-shirts ends, for now. Maybe the Dublin concerts will inspire more moments of madness or maybe I will become sensible. May I add I did buy one official t-shirt on the merchandise stall, this one I could not resist. http://www.leonardcohen.com/us/blog/oh-sweet-larger-family-shirt-finally-here-love-design-used-be-all-access-pass-we-all-loved Luckily for my bank balance none of the others come in my size 😉
Friends of mine on both Facebook and The Leonard Cohen Forum will recognise the rose photo here as my favourite photo that I have ever taken and the one regret I had from when I met Leonard in Las Vegas was that I didn’t have this photo with me. Leonard and music aside my other passion in life is photography so when I can combine music and photography I am at my happiest. I also love black and white photography so I printed the black and white collage of photos I had taken on the previous tour when getting the rose photo printed. I made sure to bring these photos with me to Ghent, just in case I did meet Leonard again, never daring to really think lightning can strike twice.
I also had a dream of getting the photo of Leonard and Adam signed by both, but also not daring to dream too much. I knew there would be a very good chance of seeing Adam after his concert as he does meet and greets, so when I met him he personalised it for me so Leonard wouldn’t have to should the miracle happen! Adam was really touched when he saw the photo holding it up for everyone to see saying “Look everyone, it is a photo of me and my father”.
Lightning does strike twice sometimes and it did again for me. I had went to Ghent prepared and had a silver pen with me but in my excitement at seeing Leonard I’d left it in my bag and left my bag at our table! When I asked Leonard would it be ok to go and get it he replied he had a silver pen, always prepared for if he met his fans, always the gentleman. The pen had to be silver for the writing to show up on the photos. I first showed Leonard the photo of him and Adam and he was very impressed and then saw Adam had already personalised it for me. I told Leonard this was to save him time. I then showed him the black and white collage and finally my rose photo. I was very touched and still am that when I asked Leonard to personalise it for me that he did and he signed it Leonard instead of his usual full name.
I’m still in shock that I actually spoke to Leonard again and have these precious momentos to treasure forever. Thank you Leonard and Adam for making my dreams come true and for continuing to do so over and over again.
Thank you Leonard and co for the wonderful memories of Ghent 😉 Some of my friends will know why I use these words 🙂
Photos 1-15 were taken by my wonderful friend Mandy MacLeod. Thanks so much Mandy, I deeply appreciate you capturing these moments for me.
Photo 16 was taken by J.S Carenza III aka the webmaster of Camp Cohen and Leonard Cohen’s road manager. Thank you Joey.
Photo 17 was taken by Ine Mensink-Jenniskens. Thank you Ine.