The Hallelujah Concerts.

It’s only taken me eight years to get this right. Toronto 2012 concerts were on December 4th and 5th. So I’ve always called them my Hallelujah Concerts. I’ve posted similar images before, but this is the first time I’ve managed to do so with photos taken during the actual song. Yes it’s 7 years since Leonard toured, but I can still look at a photo and know what song he was singing.

86 years today Leonard was born…

86 years ago today, the single most influential human in my life was born. His music and poetry reach deep into my soul. The friends I’ve made, the adventures. The concerts, each one sublime, each one saying more please. He gave us everything for. Having the best moments of my life when I spoke with him, and yes I was more than blessed. I’m forever grateful.
The photo on the left is the newest addition to my unified hearts collection. Thanks to a FB ad, which lead my friend Ruth on a search, and for only a few quid we got these.
On the right, a collage of one of my favourite days. I gave Leonard red roses, which he then put on the stage. Top two photos I have to thank Edward. And not only for the photos. Ed was of huge importance to Leonard, and always friendly and kind to us fans.
Bottom left I took during the concert, and bottom right was captured by James. Thank you James. I’ll always treasure this image.
Now friends today is also International Day of Peace, so be kind, and also World Gratitude Day. As always I’m grateful for friends, music, robins, and of course Leonard ❤

Remembering Leonard 2018

Tomorrow marks the 2nd anniversary of Leonard’s passing from this world. For me the pain is as raw as ever. I don’t think I’ll ever heal, but I am forever grateful for all my memories. This year we have the extra comfort in his book of poetry, song lyrics, and poetry, The Flame.

In this video I am reciting one of those poems called Doesn’t Matter. It was suggested on a Facebook Group for The Flame that we record ourselves reading from the book. This wasn’t supposed to be my actual tribute for his anniversary, but life has been hectic, and difficult recently, so I made this video today using footage of when I done a unified hearts of candles shortly after he passed away, and I added me reading the poem today.

Leonard’s Birthday

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I had been wondering how I would mark Leonard’s birthday, and when I heard that The Flame was released early in some shops in Ireland my plan was made.

I had already planned on visiting the Botanic Gardens in Dublin, so first I collected the book and then I went across to the Gardens, with my treasure held closely to my heart.

While making these photos I almost felt guilty to not be keeping the booking in my hands, given how lucky I was to have it early, but since the name, The Flame, is a part of nature I knew the book fitted in these images.

While I listen to Leonard’s songs while I make this post I am reminded that my grief at his passing is as raw today as it was when I found out he was no more of this world. My heart shattered that day, and I don’t think it will ever heal. The wonderful memories I have, Leonard’s body of work, and making other memories mean life is still lived. I know know I am luckier than most where Leonard is concerned. I’ve had a lot of hardship in my life, and an Avalanche in the last couple of years. I’m forever grateful for my Leonard Memories to sustain my through The Darkness.

Now I look forward to the treasure that lies in the pages of The Flame. I am savouring it in small doses, for I want the first read to last as long as possible. I hope it isn’t the final record of Leonard’s work. What will be, will be.

Thank you Leonard. Rest easy. Love you always and forever. Thank you for the Memories. Gwen.

Video: Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye

I’ve been meaning to edit this video I took of a Unified Heart I drew on the beach at St Cyrus Aberdeenshire from May this year. I finally got round to it during a bout of insomnia last night. I’ve used an audio recording of Hey That’s No Way To Say Goodbye from the Montreaux on July 9th 1985 to accompany the sound of the ocean.

 

My new Leonard based logo can be seen in this video. I’ve decided I’m going to start reviewing the photos I took on the last couple of tours, and also last night, while unable to sleep I designed a special logo that I will use on my Leonard projects. Gwen Leonard Logo

Of course it hasn’t escaped me that tomorrow is Leonard’s birth date. I will be marking it tomorrow.

The Hallelujah Concerts

There is a crack in everything, Leonard once said, and the crack here is I am posting this a day early, because I won’t be home tomorrow.

It is hard to believe that my pilgrimage across the Atlantic to see Leonard in his home country was actually 5 years ago. In the past I have posted a different image in honour of his concerts in Toronto. What makes Toronto extra special is the dates. Those concerts fitting in perfectly with a line from my favourite song, Hallelujah.

The photos used here were taken during the band introductions after Anthem each night. I guess I should have used Hallelujah. This is another crack! (Note to oneself for next year, less cracks!)

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RIP Leonard

I am utterly devastated, and heart broken, that Leonard is no longer with us. I have so many memories, and thoughts floating around in my head. I am not ready to try and put this into words just yet. I will over the next couple of days. Until then, here is a image of the unified hearts I made this morning, on hearing the dreadful news. The bottom photo was the sunrise where I live this morning.

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Remembering The Roses

It is hard to believe it is four years today since I gave Leonard roses, and he put them on the stage for his final Kilmainham concert. It was a magical day, one forever etched in my heart, and one that will remain one of my most favourite days.
Read about this amazing day here:

https://myleonardcohenjourney.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/rose-story/

I’m blessed with having some special photographs from this day.

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Waiting, thank you Ed for this photo.

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Handing Leonard the roses, captured by Ed.

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Handing Leonard the roses, captured by James

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Overcome with emotion, and comforted by Paula. I can’t remember who took this photo.

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Leonard performing with my roses behind him. Such an amazing feeling to see them on the stage. Concert photos by myself.

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I love this photo, one of my favourites that I took during any of the concerts.

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The definition of cool. Doesn’t Leonard look great here!

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Intimacy, the kind that only Leonard could create with 10,000 people in attendance!

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I was blessed to meet Leonard again in 2013, and asked him to sign this photo. He told me  he really liked it. Yes friends, I know how lucky I am. How lucky not only for those magical days, but for the memories, and ability to relive them in my mind, and for the memories to come alive with these photos.

St Cyrus Beach, Scotland: Cohenising 2016

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Everybody Knows it is my mission to Cohenise every beach I go to, and this was my second time to get the chance to Cohenise St Cyrus in Scotland, on my second annual visit to my friend Mandy’s home. That friend, who is my friend thanks to our meeting in Lissadell for Leonard’s concerts there in 2010. Thanks Leonard! Photo by Mandy. Visit to St Cyrus was on July 28th.

Chain

 

“the chain’s too tight”. It is normally the preceding line of I’m Your Man that I find inspiration for, (seeing as I am moon obsessed), but seeing this piece of wood with the hanging chain made me immediately think of this line! Of course I then had to enact the line while Mandy got me the obligatory photo!