Leonard at the Beginning…….

A discussion on Facebook led me to comment I have a few special photos of Leonard at the beginning of the concerts. The following six I think are my best ones from these moments. It isn’t always possible to get good photos at this stage because fans can be clapping wildly over their heads so I feel blessed I was able to get these photos which I think tell a special story of the connection between Leonard and the audience on a given night.

Kilmainham September 14th 2012. (This was the day after I bought this camera with the sole purpose of being able to get better photos of Leonard in concert!)

Kilmainham September 14th 2012. (This was the day after I bought this camera with the sole purpose of being able to get better photos of Leonard in concert!)

Kilmainham September 15th 2012

Kilmainham September 15th 2012

Toronto December 5th 2012

Toronto December 5th 2012

New York April 7th 2013

New York April 7th 2013

Brussels June 30th 2013

Brussels June 30th 2013

The O2 Dublin September 12th 2013

The O2 Dublin September 12th 2013

All photos by Gwen Langford.

Happy 80th Birthday Leonard

Happy 80th Birthday to the biggest influence and inspiration in my life. Thank you for the memories Leonard. Wishing you a wonderful day and many more ahead. May you be blessed with good health and happiness all your days.

I created this image in celebration of your special day.

Leonard Bday Card

 

A few weeks ago my friend Maria Viana suggested to me that it would be great if as many of us as possible had a special profile photo on this day and she asked me would I create it. I made this using the album cover of Popular Problems for inspiration.

BIRTHDAY

 

Special Mementos From Dublin 2013

I know I have been more than blessed when it comes to meeting Leonard but luck was on my side in Dublin again and I’ve now got a few more precious items signed. I’d have been happy with him just putting his name but ever the gentleman he personalised everything.

Dublin Momentos (1)

I was blessed to meet Sylvie in New York and for her to sign this book there so I made sure to have it with me in case I met Leonard. As we were talking Leonard was telling me it is a lot of money I spend on him and his concerts and that I really shouldn’t. I told him he is worth it and only for him would I spend that kind of money. He then added a very special unique few words to this dedication.

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Close up of Leonard’s signature 🙂

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Close up of Sylvie’s signature.

Dublin Momentos (4)

When I first saw this magazine and loving the photo of Sharon and Leonard I had a dream of getting it signed by both. Leonard signed it first and said I had to get Sharon to sign it too. The following day it was mission accomplished!

Dublin Momentos (5)

Close up of Leonard’s signature

Dublin Momentos (6)

Close up of Sharon’s signature

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After the 2nd Dublin concert I was speaking with Hattie Webb and she said she had something for me. I was so touched when she produced this set list for me saying she thought I might like one and then proceeded to write on it for me and also asked Charley to sign it. I was and am so honoured with this gift as never in a million years would I ask any of the band for any favours so for this to happen really touched my heart.

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Close up of Hattie’s wonderful dedication and Charley’s signature too.

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Signed photo that I took of Leonard in Brussels.

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A signed photo of the best moment of my life. Leonard really liked this photo too.

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My initial plan when I got this bag was to use it for my course as I need a big bag for it but now it is signed it will only be used for special occasions. I was only showing this to Leonard and not asking for it to be signed as I didn’t think it would work on that type of material. Leonard after again telling me I spend too much money said it would work and he’d sign it. The ink bleed a bit and Leonard said to me I was right. I told him it was ok, there is a crack in everything. He loved the song reference and I love my unique bag!

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A close up of the signed bag

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Knowing how kind Leonard had already been with his time we asked for only one photo, one of the 3 of us together as we had no photos of the 3 of us but Leonard being Leonard said we could get photos together and separately. Yes we really are blessed!

Dublin Momentos (14)

Mandy, Leonard and Gwen………………………… Happiness is 🙂

Thank you Leonard, Sylvie, Sharon, Hattie and Charley for the memories.

One week to the Dublin 2013 Concerts

With one week to go to the concerts in Dublin I can hardly contain my excitement. I’ll never forget the precious memories from last year and especially when Leonard put the roses I gave him on the stage for the entire final concert. One year later and that act of kindness still brings tears to me eyes. I also get emotional thinking of all the amazing concerts I’ve attended since then. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I am forever grateful to be on this planet at the same time as Leonard Cohen.

These will be my last concerts of this tour which I am trying not to dwell on thinking about that too much as I remind myself that we all believed that the Las Vegas concerts in 2010 would be the last time we’d see Leonard in concert. We don’t know what the future holds and what will be will be. I will treasure these concerts though with every fibre of my being and will hopefully get some photos to share with you all next week. I will of course be writing a review, as always.

Leonard Kilmainham

Cohenising Dublin Beaches

“It’s just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea” LC

On Friday 12th of July I spent the day on two of the beaches in Dublin, Killiney and Dollymount and couldn’t resist drawing Unified Hearts into the sand at the sea edge and was inspired to do so by the above lyrics from Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.

Killiney Beach 1

Killiney Beach  2

Seeing as this one stony beach and I'd problems finding a sandy patch to draw the heart, I decided to decorate the heart with stones.

Seeing as this one stony beach and I’d problems finding a sandy patch to draw the heart, I decided to decorate the heart with stones.

Killiney Beach 4

Killiney Beach  5

Dollymount Beach 1

Dollymount Beach

 

Meeting Leonard in Brussels July 1st 2013

Sometimes when plans change it really does work out for the best! On Monday July 1st, when exiting a metro station in Brussels I spotted a Burger Restaurant and even though we had planned on eating later I suggested we go in. Having got our food and sat down to eat I was looking out the window when I saw a woman and thought to myself she looks very like Leonard’s PA. Next minute I saw Leonard and said to Mandy “Leonard is outside”. She looked at me in disbelief asking was I sure. I said of course I am and she looked out and saw him too. As he was eating we went outside and waited for him to finish and get up as never would we dare to approach in a moment like that. When he did stand up he walked in our direction and was very pleased to see us. He thanked us for coming and we spoke for a few minutes. We didn’t think it was an appropriate place to ask for autographs but did ask for photos. I’d already put my camera on continuous shooting so that one click would take a few images. Leonard was as always very gracious and it was great chatting to him about my favourite moments from the concert the night before. I told him how I especially loved hearing A Thousand Kisses Deep as he normally doesn’t perform that in Non-English speaking countries. Leonard replied that was true but he just felt like doing it the previous night. I also mentioned loving hearing Sisters Of Mercy and Heart With No Companion and of course Hallelujah as always. Mandy also spoke to Leonard of her favourite moments. Never in a million years could we have planned for a moment like this and it made for a wonderful weekend highlight and a perfect birthday weekend.  Here are the photos Mandy kindly took for me and a couple I took myself when we spotted Leonard.

OMG is that who I think it is??

OMG is that who I think it is??

Yes it is!

Yes it is!

Gwen and Leonard 1

Gwen and Leonard 2

Gwen and Leonard 3

Leonard and Gwen 4