"I was so overwhelmed with the weekend. I wanted to meet and talk with everyone. I'm not sure if I've ever felt that way about a gathering before. It went too quickly"
Joan of Arc
Story of Isaac
Famous Blue Raincoat
Sisters of Mercy
Take This Longing
Seems So Long Ago, Nancy
If It Be Your Will
Sisters of Mercy
From the left: Louise Fauteux, Ali Lurie and Rosanne Sweeney
John Bergeron opened the Friday performances simultaneously with
Richard McGraw on two stages at the Knitting Factory. John was joined
by his three "Angels"- beautiful young ladies with pure voices who
evoked the memory of the female singers on Leonard's early albums.
These heartfelt and melodic versions of Cohen songs accompanied by
John's virtuoso piano were particularly moving.
At one point, John
mentioned his late sister who was a big Cohen fan and who would have
appreciated this evening and dedicated his version of Master Song to
her (his version is still the only existing cover of this
song - available on his album In The House of Mystery.
John was a wonderful addition to the New York event. He was able to
tell us about living at the Chelsea Hotel where he stayed during his
Broadway performance days in the 1970's. His story about meeting
Leonard Cohen and the kindnesses Leonard extended to him at a concert
in Denver was lovingly shared at the poetry event. His performances
graced us, and his full participation in our event makes him one of our
number as well.
John's album of Cohen covers,
In The House of Mystery is available in two versions-both "plugged"
and "unplugged." Both are excellent and to those of us who have had
the privilege to meet John and hear his versions, they will always be
treasured additions to our Cohen library.
Connect with Johnís own website at www.musicaldreams.com (sound samples available).
Review © 2004 Joe Way
Photos © 2004 Eija Arjatsalo
and Vern Silver (the angels photo)