My Favorite Songwriter Who Isn’t Bob Dylan My Favorite Songwriter Who Isn’t Bob Dylan Music, Poetry Aug 202009 A portrait of the young poet as an old man, or perhaps the old man as a young poet. In any case, here is an admiring profile of Leonard Cohen in the New Yorker. Share this:FacebookTwitter 7 Responses to “My Favorite Songwriter Who Isn’t Bob Dylan” Andrew Shields says: August 21, 2009 at 2:51 am Cohen in Zurich last year was utterly brilliant. (Are you familiar with the wonderful Iowa songwriter Greg Brown?) jd says: August 21, 2009 at 6:27 am I do like Greg Brown. I used to hear him play in a little pub near the U of I campus in the late seventies. By the way, that clip you posted of Richard Thompson playing “1952 Vincent” is wonderful. Thompson has brilliantly carried the Anglo-Celtic ballad tradition forward, as has Dylan, who added blues. Chris Robinson says: August 21, 2009 at 9:36 am How miserably different my life would be without Dylan, Cohen, and Lou Reed. Eww, I hate to think of it. T. says: August 22, 2009 at 8:22 am LC is one of my gods. Andrew Shields says: August 24, 2009 at 1:54 am Greg Brown also does “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” sometimes (and lots of Dylan, too). I was amazed by how simple Thompson’s playing seemed on that video! Simple in the sense of not complicated, not simple in the sense of easy to do! jd says: August 24, 2009 at 4:21 pm Andrew, that’s the thing about real masters — they know how to do simple. I just came from the first day of an intro to poetry class where we read and worked through Jarrell’s “The Death of the Ball Turret Gunner.” A simple little poem. Fellow Traveller says: September 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm Terrific taste in music…you must love Warren Zevon as well, it is hoped… Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.