Nov 112016
 

"Hallelujah" Poet Leonard Cohen Has Died

Leonard Cohen, the revered Canadian singer, songwriter, artist, poet and novelist has died at 82. Intensely original, compared to Bob Dylan and James Joyce but second to none, Cohen created a style / genre all his own.

Born on September 21st 1934 in Montreal, Canada, Cohen died on November 10th 2016 in Los Angeles, at the age of 82. He was a Jew from a well-to-do family who spent several years as a Zen Buddhist monk… He loved spectacular women but never got married. In the course of his life, Cohen earned a fortune but found himself forced to work and tour till the end because his one-time partner decimated his retirement funds and even though Cohen won the case in court he couldn’t collect the money awarded to him by the court. Just these few examples suggest that Leonard Cohen led a colorful albeit not uncomplicated life. Complicated lives of creative – and talented! – people produce wonderful art. It is definitely true of Cohen.

Best known in the United States as a singer / songwriter, Cohen’s “Hallelujah”, “Suzanne” and other songs became classics. Among his studio albums are:

  • Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967)
  • Songs from a Room (1969)
  • Songs of Love and Hate (1971)
  • New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974)
  • Death of a Ladies’ Man (1977)
  • Recent Songs (1979)
  • Various Positions (1984)
  • I’m Your Man (1988)
  • The Future (1992)
  • Ten New Songs (2001)
  • Dear Heather (2004)
  • Old Ideas (2012)
  • Popular Problems (2014)
  • You Want It Darker (2016)

Cohen’s accomplishments as a singer / songwriter earned many recognitions. Among them are Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Canadian government bestowed upon him the title of an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1991, and eventually upgraded it in 2003 to the rank of Companion of the Order in 2003.

In July of this year, Leonard Cohen learned that his once-love Marianne Ihlen (whom he has immortalized in “So Long, Marianne”) was dying. Upon learning of her impending demise, Cohen wrote a moving poem for her in which he mentioned that he will follow her soon. How prophetic.

A Facebook post on Leonard Cohen’s page says:
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away.
We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries.
A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted:
“No other artist’s music felt or sounded like Leonard Cohen’s. Yet his work resonated across generations. Canada and the world will miss him.”

Huge outpouring of condolences from artists and notables worldwide continues.

The man who once said: “I intend to live for ever.” is gone. His children, several women, many friends and even more fans are in mourning. Leonard Cohen lived, felt, thought and created. He generously shared his thoughts and feelings through his poetry. His thoughts on life and death, love and religion and other existential topics enriched us all and remain relevant.

 

 

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Feb 012015
 

BRIT PHENOM RITA ORA TO PERFORM AT THE OSCARS®

British Singer, Songwriter And Actress Rita Ora Will Sing At The OSCARS®

Singer, songwriter and actress Rita Ora will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Grateful” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“International recording artist, Rita Ora, will make her Oscar stage debut this year. The mixture of her incredible voice and glamour makes a perfect combination for our show” says Zadan and Meron.

“Grateful,” written by Diane Warren for the film “Beyond the Lights,” is nominated for Original Song. This marks Warren’s seventh Oscar nomination in the category. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me” and “Lost Stars” from “Begin Again.”

Ora dominated the U.K. charts with her first and certified platinum album “Ora” (2012), which included the number one singles “R.I.P.,” “How We Do (Party)” and “Hot Right Now.” Currently featured on the smash single “Black Widow,” with fellow superstar Iggy Azalea, Ora is readying her second full-length album, to be released this spring. She will appear in a number of upcoming films, including the highly anticipated “50 Shades of Grey” and Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Southpaw” to be released in July.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

Jan 272015
 

MUSIC SUPERSTAR ADAM LEVINE TO PERFORM AT THE OSCARS

Adam Levine Will Perform At The OSCARSGrammy®-winning singer, songwriter and actor Adam Levine will perform the Oscar®-nominated song “Lost Stars” at the 87th Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC.

“Adam Levine is an exceptional and dynamic artist. We’re thrilled to have him make his Oscars stage debut this year,” said Zadan and Meron.

“Lost Stars,” written by Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois for the film “Begin Again,” is nominated for Original Song. The four other nominated songs are “Everything Is Awesome” from “The Lego Movie,” “Glory” from “Selma,” “Grateful” from “Beyond the Lights” and “I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from “Glen Campbell…I’ll Be Me.”

Levine is the lead singer for the group Maroon 5, which has received three Grammy® Awards, two for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals (2005 and 2007) and one for Best New Artist (2004). Levine made his feature film acting debut in “Begin Again,” which is directed by John Carney and also stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo.

The 87th Oscars will be held on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live on the ABC Television Network at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT. The Oscars, produced by Zadan and Meron, also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.