I can’t believe it. I can’t believe I did it, I can’t believe it’s over. I just hope I’ll get a chance to do it again next year. Can I wait that long? I guess so. It’s too far to drive back east and I’m not going to Europe. His schedule is so intense. I saw seven shows in eight days covering four big states (California, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado). Once again, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t have any of his CD’s. I just had a feeling, a feeling about him. A couple years ago I heard a song by Johnny Cash, I See A Darkness. I found out it’s a Will Oldham song that Cash covered. After that, I tried to find information about Oldham. I couldn’t find anything. Later, I found out he goes by Palace, Palace Music, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, etc. A few months ago, I was luckily reminded about him and noticed he was touring. The tickets were cheap. He played small venues. Everything was sold out except one out of the way place, Los Osos, California.
Back in December 2008, I watched the video: Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man. That was it, I was a goner. I declared Mr. Cohen, my new superhero! I cried several times watching that video. The words struck a tender place in my heart. It’s not just the words either. Without the words, the music holds the intensity of the feeling. Without the music, the words stand alone. The combination is simply brilliance. He’s a genius.