First We Take St. Louis…

(^ Reference to a Leonard Cohen song.)


Just got back from the Leonard Cohen show.  (By which I mean I’ve been back for about a half-hour or so…not like JUST got back…)  Great show.  He played for about three hours.  Got several standing ovations, one lasting for about a full minute (a true novelty amongst St. Louis crowds, lately).  Three encores.


…and every time that 75-year-old man came out onto the stage he ran—yes, RAN—out.  …and when he left, he danced—yes, DANCED—out.  I can barely WALK, and I’m only 29.  Wow.


They did all the usual songs.  No major surprises…but I think it was a good night.  The crowd was really into it and really grateful.  Once or twice, Cohen seemed genuinely touched by our applause, laughter (of the good kind), and the bouquet of roses someone threw at his feet (which he then picked up, tipped his hat, and danced with the roses in his arm until the end of the song—class act). 


The performance was strong.  “Susanne” gave me chills (literally—didn’t see that coming).  “First We Take Manhattan” had the audience clapping along so loudly that you almost couldn’t hear the music.  “If It Be Your Will” was performed just by the Webb Sisters (background singers) and was absolutely beautiful.  “Hallelujah,” of course, was kind of the highlight of the evening…and in regards to that song, I’ve got to say…

I did my best.  It wasn’t much.

I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch.

I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you.

And even though it all went wrong,

I’ll stand before the Lord of Song

with nothing on my tongue but “Hallelujah.”

…if you can write a better lyric, I’d like to hear it.  But you can’t.  So don’t try.


All in all a GREAT night.  Thanks to Dave Knobel for coming along (and insisting on buying the tickets!).  I know it probably wasn’t the most exciting show in the world for you, Dave, but it was a real highlight of my concert-going career.  So thanks.  (…but next time we go to a show that close to a theatre where it’s playing, I’m going to SUCCEED in talking you into going to Rocky Horror afterward!)


And that’s it for tonight.