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Options November 14, 2012: Sylvie Simmons discusses her book I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

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Artist Track Album Approx. start time
Lee Morgan  Yes I Can, No You Can't (edit)   Options The Gigolo  0:00:00 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  Tower of Song   Options I'm Your Man  0:03:24 (Pop‑up)
reading  Prologue   Options I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen  0:08:08 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  Story of Isaac   Options Songs From A Room  0:10:43 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  Master Song   Options Songs of Leonard Cohen  0:14:20 (Pop‑up)
reading  O Make Me a Mask   Options I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen  0:19:17 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  A Bunch of Lonesome Heroes   Options Songs From A Room  0:25:52 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  Who By Fire   Options New Skin for the Old Ceremony  0:28:41 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye   Options Songs of Leonard Cohen  0:30:55 (Pop‑up)
reading  I Love You, Leonard   Options I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen  0:34:06 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  True Love Leaves No Traces   Options Death of a Ladies Man  0:42:25 (Pop‑up)
Jennifer Warnes  First We Take Manhattan   Options Famous Blue Raincoat (Songs of Leonard Cohen)  0:46:34 (Pop‑up)
reading  The Places Where I Used to Play   Options I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen  0:49:47 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  Because Of   Options Dear Heather  0:56:27 (Pop‑up)
Jeff Buckley  Hallelujah   Options Grace  1:01:33 (Pop‑up)
Sylvie Simmons  interview seg 1   Options   1:08:07 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  Seems So Long Ago, Nancy   Options Songs From A Room  1:18:55 (Pop‑up)
Teddy Thompson  Tonight Will Be Fine   Options I'm Your Man: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen (soundtrack)  1:22:19 (Pop‑up)
Sylvie Simmons  interview seg 2   Options   1:25:41 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  Dress Rehearsal Rag   Options Songs of Love & Hate  1:35:05 (Pop‑up)
Sylvie Simmons  interview seg 3   Options   1:41:05 (Pop‑up)
Sylvie Simmons  Famous Blue Raincoat   Options live in the WFMU studio  1:52:25 (Pop‑up)
Sylvie Simmons  interview seg 4 (wrap)   Options   2:13:46 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen  Suzanne   Options Songs of Leonard Cohen  2:04:26 (Pop‑up)
Beth Orton  Sisters of Mercy   Options I'm Your Man: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen (soundtrack)  2:08:59 (Pop‑up)
Leonard Cohen & U2  Tower of Song   Options I'm Your Man: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen (soundtrack)  2:12:46 (Pop‑up)
 
Cults Percussion Ensemble  Irish Washerwoman / Dream Angus / Erlangen Polka   Options Cults Percussion Ensemble  2:21:28 (Pop‑up)
The Collectors  Lydia Purple   Options The Collectors  2:30:27 (Pop‑up)
DE.L  The Songs We Wrote   Options Songs We Wrote  2:33:20 (Pop‑up)
 
Andrew Hill  Land of Nod   Options Black Fire  2:46:04 (Pop‑up)
Belle & Sebastian  Crash   Options Late Night Tales, Vol. 2  2:51:42 (Pop‑up)
Gasmac Gilmore  I Am God   Options Dead Donkey  2:55:06 (Pop‑up)

Listener comments!

  3:01pm G:

It's the Marlboro Man!
  3:03pm Tom - K'way Bklyn:

....or could be .. the FuZZ !!!!
  3:03pm hamburger:

not really a Leonard fan, but will give it a try!
  3:04pm Matt from Springfield:

He's our man!
  3:05pm Jess:

And he even stuck the landing!
  3:05pm Matt from Springfield:

@Tom: Sneak out the back, before Sgt. Friday books you!
  3:07pm Listening Out There:

I'm with hamburger. Call me Fries...
  3:12pm Matt from Springfield:

"Story of Isaac"--recently found out about this song, I love this!
  3:13pm Irwin:

LC's father died when he was nine. He was raised largely by women.
  3:13pm Alison Porchnik:

That may be a photo but I swear he's looking right into my soul. Silently judging...I think he just smirked.
  3:20pm Matt from Springfield:

Oh wow, didn't realize that about Leonard. Explains his ability to appeal to females!
  3:20pm RISKY:

Happy to be hear.
  3:21pm Women:

...and we're still raising him... ;)
  3:26pm Matt from Springfield:

"Key-hhotic"? Maybe "key-shotic", to keep the original pronunciation.
  3:27pm Matt from Springfield:

Punk before punk!
  3:30pm slugluv1313:

"Darlin', I was born in a suit" -- LOVE!
  3:33pm Pine:

Never got super into Leonard Cohen but now I want to.
  3:37pm Laura L:

@ Pine--to say well worth it is an understatement. There's a good documentary film on him too; I forget the title, but I recall some wonderful footage of him in the film during his travels as a young man; no doubt avail. on Netflix.
  3:38pm dave:

the spector one is my favourite
  3:38pm Pine:

Cheers I'll check it out, love this history :)
  3:39pm hamburger:

I now wish I could read like Irwin does. If I did, I'd probably read a lot more books.
  3:43pm hamburger:

Holy... Cow... Phil...
  3:44pm Matt from Springfield:

But you know, you haven't *really* made it until Phil Spector does that to you...
  3:50pm Listening Out There:

...maybe Gold Star Studios just brings that out in people. The Beach Boys recorded there...and they had to deal with Murray Wilson, their father...
  3:55pm Caryn:

@Laura L & Pine: the documentary is "Bird on a Wire". It was originally made in 1972, but rereleased after being "lost" for decades in 2010. It is fabulous.
But here's a link to probably the first documentary about Cohen, made before he really started making music: http://documentarystorm.com/ladies-and-gentlemen-mr-leonard-cohen/
  3:56pm Pine:

Thanks Caryn!
  3:57pm Listening Out There:

Do you think LC can do that with the dirty dishes in my kitchen?
  3:58pm Matt from Springfield:

Yes thank you Caryn! I'll take a look at that. Actually I'll take a look at that website in general, sounds good.
  3:59pm G:

I just jumped Irwin from 20% to 38%. Last week on the board, I said I'd think about pledging, and I have. Thinking, plus some ongoing new work starting this week, plus some well-honed interpretive reading, all conspired to tip the balance...

Come on the resta youze peoplez.
  3:59pm other david:

Ah some escapism, I needed this - thanks Irwin!

A horrible day in the old sod.
  4:03pm Caryn:

@Matt: yeah, I just recently discovered that website, and I was instantly drawn to investigate. Seems good.
  4:06pm Caryn:

Ahh, Cohen and Buckley... I could listen to either of those two sing for days on end.
  4:07pm Matt from Springfield:

@OD: Besides Mondays, the first part of Wednesdays tend to be the toughest for me as well. Irwin's show is the perfect "turning point" of the week!
  4:07pm hamburger:

I also don't like horrible days. Especially ones in the old sod. You gotta just let them pass I guess. I'm not one to fight them off.
  4:08pm drewo:

Enjoying the show today Irwin. I still miss Jeff Buckley.
  4:09pm hamburger:

@Matt That said, Thank Gourd for WFMU! Some shows are highlights to look forward to no matter what day/time of the week!
  4:09pm Caryn:

Of all the bootlegs I'd like to get my hands on, the two songs Buckley performed at the tribute concert for Tim Buckley are at the top of my list.
  4:10pm other david:

Definitely Matt! I look forward to this show a lot each week - even if it *is* on a Monday, so it's gotta be special :)

To be sure, to be sure hamburger.
  4:11pm hamburger:

interesting, opening question, Irwin, , ,
  4:11pm G:

STDs? Only his county clinic knows for sure.
  4:11pm other david:

Monday? Good lord. Wednesday. THAT'S THE KIND OF DAY IT HAS BEEN.
  4:12pm G:

Getting humped by Humpday? It happens.
  4:12pm G W:

I live in a Stanton street bldg. on the L E S in which L. C. lived . Any info on the time period he lived here on the floor below my own?
  4:12pm Caryn:

@od: for a while, I thought maybe you were trapped in a Groundhog Day-style time loop where it was Monday forever. That would certainly make a person feel depressed.
  4:13pm Matt from Springfield:

I too look forward to WFMU shows, no matter what the day of week it is now!
  4:14pm On Behalf of All Authors on Tour:

@GW: Simple. Buy the book! :)
  4:14pm other david:

@Caryn: hehe. Mercifully though it's just further evidence of my minds decline :P
  4:15pm slugluv1313:

LOVE the cat story :)
  4:17pm G:

Re LC's following on the right side of the pond: It was my very very British classical guitar teacher who got me a sheet music book of LC tabs and had me learn some, in 1972. I still have it, in loose pages. Spine totally broke up around 1973.
  4:17pm hamburger:

LC got Game
  4:26pm hamburger:

simple wikipedia: http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/WFMU
  4:26pm Matt from Springfield:

Teddy Thompson is a good singer--I was trying to remember if I've heard him before, then realized that he has a tone similar to Jackson Browne.
  4:26pm G W:

@ on behalf. Yes , i probably will but thought I'd submit a question for this show if you don't mind . There are too many authors these days.
  4:28pm Matt from Springfield:

Use color coded Post Its, to organize the themes of your questions!
  4:28pm other david:

@hamburger: I always questioned the accuracy of Wikipedia and that page's lack of the word "awesome" only increases my doubts.
  4:29pm Wikipedia:

I'm an informal encyclopedia, not a PR firm for hire.
  4:30pm hamburger:

It's simple wikipedia / doesn't make it any more accurate, but hey! a lot less scrolling around than wikipedia wikipedia
  4:31pm other david:

@Wikipedia: careful or I'm going to edit your description to "a PR firm for hire which, incidentally, regards WFMU as awesome."
  4:31pm Matt from Springfield:

Joshua Rifkin, baroque pop producer extraordinaire. Famous for the arrangements on Judy Collins' "Both Sides Now" single in '68.
  4:32pm Denise in DC:

Dammit. Work kept me away before now. Sounds like I've missed much of an awesome show.
  4:32pm Wikipedia:

"This article is semi-protected, in response to an ongoing threat of vandalism."
  4:33pm other david:

@Wikipedia: <3
  4:36pm Caryn:

How come my favourite singers keep ending up in monasteries? Cohen, Scott Walker,...
  4:38pm hamburger:

@Caryn: Could it be the hymns?
  4:38pm other david:

Question I'd like to ask Sylvie: if LC's finances had not been ruined by his manager/lover, does she believe he'd be doing as much touring as he has been?

And if not, what would she speculate Leonard would be up to these days instead.
  4:39pm Modern Times:

Just waiting for the LC Retirement Fund kickstarter appeal to appear.
  4:41pm Caryn:

@hamburger: well, of course Walker went not only for the solitude, but for the Gregorian chanting, but there aren't a lot of hymns in a Buddhist monastery.
  4:42pm hamburger:

@Caryn you'd be surprised if you'd seen what goes on in their karaoke nights...
  4:44pm Every Other Man:

What?? He never slept with Nico? Even I did.. ;)
  4:44pm Caryn:

@hamburger: I think you're confusing the monastery with Disneyworld, which essentially turns into a leather S&M club after hours.
  4:45pm Matt from Springfield:

"Marrying cones of incense" and other things to attract Nico, to no avail.

Nico wanted her "toys" instead! :)
  4:50pm Rob from Seattle:

This show will be an archive gem!
  4:52pm Matt from Springfield:

Go Sylvie! Go ukes! Go FBR!
  4:52pm Eddie Vedder:

Hmmph. Showoff...
  4:54pm G:

Takes one to know one, Eddie :-)
  4:54pm Ike:

Sounds great, Sylvie.
  4:54pm hamburger:

woh
  4:55pm other david:

This is beautiful, Sylvie.
  4:58pm Matt from Springfield:

Wooooooooo!! Wonderful, beautiful indeed!
  4:59pm Matt from Springfield:

But, unfortunately not the FMA--they don't generally let covers be posted there. So all the more reason to excerpt and play on another show here!
  5:01pm other david:

Thanks for answering my question, look forward to picking up the book!
  5:04pm Matt from Springfield:

I couldn't say that about Phil Spector -- because I haven't *met* him :)
  5:05pm Mike East:

Sylvie sounds like an absolutely lovely person. Thanks for bringing this to us, Irwin.
  5:05pm Corrections Officer:

@MfS: and you probably won't, Matt.
  5:06pm Ike:

Fortunately, the 9th St. PATH station has now re-opened. That's the closest one to Housing Works. About a 20 min. walk through the Village.
  5:09pm Matt from Springfield:

Amazing show! THANK YOU Sylvie! Thanks to Irwin, WFMU, and "our man" himself LC!
  5:10pm Denise in DC:

Beautiful show. Can't wait till the archive is posted so I can hear the whole thing from the beginning.
  5:13pm other david:

Ah this show somehow got even more divine, I love Beth's voice.
  5:14pm Liberty Girl:

:)
  5:15pm AL:

Good to hear Beth Orton put down some of her usual lace and feathers.

But why nothing from The Future?
  5:17pm Chris:

Bravo. Just Bravo!
  5:17pm Andrew Waterloo:

Really enjoyed all the the older material.
  5:18pm Chris:

Oh and Hi Jac! Told you you would live this.

Shout out to a new FMU fan and longtime LC admirer.
  5:19pm G:

I need to call Cali. But I need to wait till 6
  5:19pm G:

live, love
  5:19pm Chris:

Ahem. Love this.
  5:19pm G:

:)
  5:21pm G:

"but then something happened" famous last words!
  5:27pm how the hell do I follow that up department:

we approve!
  5:31pm lewis:

spectacular!!
  5:34pm Matt from Springfield:

Nice baroque pop, first time hearing The Collectors!
  5:34pm Caryn:

First the percussions, then the recorders... are you just trying to remind me of my orchestra days?
  5:36pm Irwin:

@Caryn: I carried a freakin' bass drum around the HS football field. I'm a victim.
  5:36pm G:

I believe the ground has now been prepared for LC himself to do the show.
  5:38pm Irwin:

BTW, DE.L is yet ANOTHER great Angil & Hiddentracks-related project.
  5:38pm Caryn:

@Irwin: aw. With me, it was just carrying two metallophones and 4 recorders around.
  5:42pm Matt from Springfield:

All these Hiddenprojects from Angil & the Hiddentracks.
  5:44pm other david:

*tips hat*
  5:44pm Matt from Springfield:

Go david! Dare to Kildare!
  5:45pm Caryn:

Irwin, do you mean the CPE are 14-year-olds, or that they've been around for 14 years? Considering the Langley Schools Project reference, I'm guessing it's the first one.
  5:45pm G:

I had to play acoustic guitar in Ensemble. And memorize choreography, too. I didn't mind the vocal harmony parts. I would change them up some, if I felt like it, and the director didn't spot it. :-)

But the brutal part was the outfit we had to wear. Let's just say: very 70s, very flyover. If that combo makes any cultural sense. Way beyond paisley.

Yeah, it was in Brasil, but it was a US curriculum school with an Ensemble director from **Indiana**.
  5:45pm Matt from Springfield:

Wow, they have President-elect Vermin Love Supreme at the UCB Theater!
  5:46pm other david:

@Matt: No don't.. please.. avoid Kildare at all costs, for your own sanity :P
  5:47pm Matt from Springfield:

How'd you get such an early phone number, 8? The Old Codger's is right below that at 6--did you trade him something for that number?
  5:48pm Matt from Springfield:

@OD: Aw c'mon, Clay would be excited right now, telling you to have "PRIDE!" in that county, naming bands from there and singing their songs! :)
  5:49pm Caryn:

@Irwin & G: The thing is, I have no bad memories of my recorder orchestra days, except for my continuing annoyance of how the recorder is viewed in general as some fake/kids' instrument that you can stick in anyone's hand and have them just blow into it without any technique. There's a technique, dammit! No wonder a lot of recorder players refer to the instrument as "flauto dolce" just to avoid having to always explain to people that it's a serious instrument.
  5:50pm Matt from Springfield:

I think Carmichael is the one who regularly brings this up, how "Texas is a great place to be FROM!" Maybe it's the same for you, david :D
  5:50pm Marmalade Kitty:

nice piece of jazz, shaz..!
  5:53pm other david:

@Matt: thank you for making me burst out laughing, sir :)
  5:54pm Matt from Springfield:

Hi Kitty! Actually I could use some 90s Shazz beats dubbed over something right about now!

@OD: My pleasure! :)
  5:57pm PhilR:

As an old guy, who has been listening for years, I want to say that tho s was a great show.
  5:58pm Caryn:

Yay, GG! You lovely Austrian lads, you.
  5:58pm G:

My sediments precisely, old guy.
  5:58pm Irwin:

Phil, do you want me to correct your typos? I have that awesome editorial power.
  5:59pm G:

The hand that edits the copy rules the world.
  5:59pm other david:

Thank you Irwin <3
  6:01pm Matt from Springfield:

Memorable show! Very good showcase of LC!
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