Rainbow, Loons, Listening to Leonard Cohen & Drawing

Heard a loon calling as it flew up-river this morning as we were returning from the morning dog walk. A couple of days ago, C. took one of the dogs out & called to me, "You really should come out and see this rainbow." Maybe the most spectacular rainbow I've ever seen, at least partly because it seemed to frame the scene I see every time I walk out my front door. Rainbow in South Colton Leonard Cohen's Songs from the Road arrived yesterday from Amazon; it's a "best of" collection from the 2009 world tour. Cohen still sounds wonderful in his mid-70s, perhaps better than when he was young. All the mannerisms have dropped away. I've been doing a series of large "automatic" drawings recently & so this morning I put on the new CD and did a drawing. Drawn while listening to Leonard Cohen

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

3 thoughts on “Rainbow, Loons, Listening to Leonard Cohen & Drawing”

    1. Hi Orin, yeah, I’d known about that story, but not in so much detail. Maybe he would not have gone back to the studio or out on tour without the financial crisis, but in this case art has been well-served by personal misfortune. I think he’s making some of the best music he’s ever performed right now. All the bullshit has been stripped away and it’s just the songs. Cohen always had a bit of the poseur in him — not debilitating to his art, but distracting — and now that’s gone.

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