Friday, March 30, 2012

My First Concert

It's no secret that I love to see live music.  I even have a small collection of ticket stubs that I have kept after seeing various shows.

These include:  Eagles of Death Metal, Weakerthans, Pearl Jam X2, Love Inc., Basia Bulat, Kim Koren (my cousin), The Cranberries, Radiohead, Tragically Hip, White Stripes, Metric, Brain Jonestown Massacre, Sam Roberts Band (X2), Beirut, Dandy Warhols, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Bob Dylan (2x), Richard Thompson, Eric Clapton and Jeff Beck, Tom Petty (X3), Crosby Stills and Nash (missed due to being pulled over at immigration at US border), Black Crowes, The Music, and Arlo Guthrie.

Of course, I am missing tickets for shows that may not have issued any, or for some I have lost.  These include; Ritchie Havens, John Sebastian, The Cardigans, Ron Sexsmith, Ani DeFranco, Daft Punk, Run DMC, Them Crooked Vultures, and The Arkells.

But there is one important stub that I do not have in my collection.  The one to my first concert.

That's right.  It's Mr. Leonard Cohen.

I started listening to Leonard Cohen when I was in grade 8.  I even did a presentation on him in music class.  It had something to do with a '90's movie starring Christian Slater called Pump Up The Volume.  If you haven't seen it, I recommend you watch it.  It's a classic.  The synopsis is that Christian Slater plays a shy, angsty teenage boy who moves to a new town.  In order to express himself freely, he sets up a pirate radio station in his house and talks about everything; masterbation, loneliness, society, parents...  His alias is Hard Harry, and his voice becomes a sermon for all youths who feel they are trapped and have no hope.  Conflict arises when Harry receives a call on the air from someone from his school who is depressed and ends up committing suicide.  Then, there is a witch hunt for Harry, as the school and community points to him as the influence of the rebellion that occurs as students begin to act out in protest towards unfair oppression.

Cohen's song 'Everybody knows,' is Harry's theme song for his radio show.  He also plays a bit of If It Be Your Will.  What impressive musical choices for a teen movie in the '90's, when grunge was ramping up to be huge, and in opposition, there were boy bands and dance music. 

There was something so attractive about Christian Slater, shirtless and smoking, calling out for rebellion on the radio serenading his listeners with a poetic icon.

Anyway, the reason I am posting this is that Leonard just released a new album which my father says is one of his best yet, and I discovered he is going on tour again!  He did tour about 2 years ago, and I made a decision not to see him, worried that I would be disappointed like I was when I last saw Bob Dylan (never again Bobby!).  But apparently his concerts got rave reviews, so I aim not to miss him this time around.   I remember the first time I saw him, when I was around 14 years old.  I think I was the youngest person in the audience, and I remember telling one of my teachers at school where I was going that evening.  He looked at me like I was a teenage alien.  Like, what teenager listened to Leonard Cohen.  Leonard was very serious in concert, marching out to his piano with a handful of his lyrics.  People were calling out for Famous Blue Raincoat, and one lady wearing a tight black dress and a hummingbird/heart tattoo above her breast from his album The Future was swaying seductively, alone in the aisle.  I was not disappointed, and what a memorable event it was that I experienced with my father. 

Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

Source: via Melissa on Pinterest

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded
Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed
Everybody knows that the war is over
Everybody knows the good guys lost
Everybody knows the fight was fixed
The poor stay poor, the rich get rich
That's how it goes
Everybody knows
Everybody knows that the boat is leaking
Everybody knows that the captain lied
Everybody got this broken feeling
Like their father or their dog just died

Everybody talking to their pockets
Everybody wants a box of chocolates
And a long stem rose
Everybody knows

Everybody knows that you love me baby
Everybody knows that you really do
Everybody knows that you've been faithful
Ah give or take a night or two
Everybody knows you've been discreet
But there were so many people you just had to meet
Without your clothes
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

And everybody knows that it's now or never 
Everybody knows that it's me or you
And everybody knows that you live forever
Ah when you've done a line or two
Everybody knows the deal is rotten
Old Black Joe's still pickin' cotton
For your ribbons and bows
And everybody knows

And everybody knows that the Plague is coming
Everybody knows that it's moving fast
Everybody knows that the naked man and woman
Are just a shining artifact of the past
Everybody knows the scene is dead
But there's gonna be a meter on your bed
That will disclose
What everybody knows

And everybody knows that you're in trouble
Everybody knows what you've been through
From the bloody cross on top of Calvary
To the beach of Malibu
Everybody knows it's coming apart
Take one last look at this Sacred Heart
Before it blows
And everybody knows

Everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Oh everybody knows, everybody knows
That's how it goes
Everybody knows

Everybody knows

1 comment:

  1. My neighbor and I used to pretend we had our own pirate radio station just like Christian Slater's growing up. That movie is ever seared in my mind as is Leonard Cohen obviously. Exciting to hear he has a new album out