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I started reading Leonard Cohen's _Beautiful Losers_ a few days ago. He has a very entertaining writing style, and a habit of mixing spiritual and sexual themes which is pretty cool. Overall, my mind is more blown by his music, but from my initial impressions he's a very talented writer too.

I'm going to see Motley Crue, Skid Row, and Poisen tonight. Or, what's left of them anyway. Should be fun.

What else? Oh, I am still not quite done with my software consulting project. :( Although that's almost entirely because the company is dragging their feet on everything. For example: I was supposed to get a copy of Win2000 Advanced Server from them to test with and it took them so long that I knew the project timeline was going to suffer so I took the initiative and called all my personal contacts until I found a copy to pirate instead. Sometimes, you just have to do whatever it takes. It's kind of fun because I'm running it under vmware as a primary domain controller... so the rest of the computers on my network (including the one running vmware) are all relying on a computer which only exists inside a simulation! vmware reminds me more and more of The Matrix every time I use it.


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Aug. 6th, 2003 11:01 am (UTC)
Interesting, I was thinking of trying to find that lately.

Lately I'd just found some old Judy Collins interpretations, which had got me thinking about him.
Aug. 7th, 2003 10:00 pm (UTC)

Interesting, I was thinking of trying to find that lately.

Got my copy at Barnes & Noble. The funny thing is, when I walked in to the store I told myself "ok, whatever you do you're not buying any Cohen. That would just be silly." Despite my attempted avoidance, I happened to run across it an hour later and I couldn't resist.

Lately I'd just found some old Judy Collins interpretations, which had got me thinking about him.

So... what's the relation between these two? I just discovered Cohen a month or two ago so I am gradually learning more of his history in an obsessed fan kind of way.
Aug. 8th, 2003 12:02 am (UTC)
All I found was this,

I think she did some of the first interpretations of his music.
She may have even convinced him to start singing them.

Her version of Suzanne is particularly nice.

But I haven't heard much besides what I've heard her sing, and I want to hear more upon hearing it.
Aug. 8th, 2003 11:56 am (UTC)

Neat. That makes me wonder how many other shy artists are out there who might never have someone to push them onto a stage and hence never end up known at all.

I guess I'll have to check out some of Judy's interpretations.
Aug. 8th, 2003 11:33 am (UTC)
in fact, since she was primarily an interpretive singer, she relied on singing others songs. Many of her standards are Leonard Cohen or Joni Mitchell ("Chelsea Morning", "Both Sides Now"...), who she also kind of brought to the spotlight.
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