Tennessee Brew Works will host Leonard Cohen’s Birthday—A Tennessee Waltz on Saturday, September 21st. This tribute event will celebrate the world-renowned novelist, poet, and singer/songwriter who inspired generations of writers, musicians, and artists—Leonard Cohen (1934-2016) on his birthday.

Leonard Cohen’s Birthday Symposium

For decades, Leonard Cohen contributed pensive, urgent reflections on the human condition. Cohen teased out a startlingly inventive and singular language, depicting both an exalted spirituality and an earthly sensuality. By interweaving the sacred and the profane, Cohen has become an icon of the poetic arts—seared into the collective consciousness of many, global generations.

With this symposium of songs, Leonard Cohen’s Birthday—A Tennessee Waltz, honors the late Mr. Cohen by dedicating his songs and memory to the continuance of artist-driven, independent creation here in Music City.

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A Tennessee Waltz

While recording the album Songs from a Room, Leonard Cohen lived in Leiper’s Fork just south of Nashville, TN. Producer Bob Johnston (Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel) recorded the album in his studio off 16th Avenue—Music Row. It was 1968. This second album of Cohen’s would come to be regarded for it’s stripped-down approach, and emphasis on minimalism.

Songs from a Room centerpieces a naked intimacy and fearless emotional honesty, marshaling Cohen’s contribution to contemporary songwriting. Songwriters in Nashville today still touchstone the key elements of this album—heralding his approach to minimalism and unswerving integrity to the song.

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FUEL OUR FIRE—Supporting Nashville’s Live Music Scene

This tribute honors the memory of Mr. Cohen by collaborating with FUEL OUR FIRE, a non-profit organization built on the belief that Music and Art have the power to transform and heal trauma.

FUEL OUR FIRE is a licensed 501c3 nonprofit organization (47-4495401) founded by local musicians and activists—sister’s, Phoebe and Stephanie Hunt.

With help from their partners, FUEL OUR FIRE seeks to expand the capacity and diversity of Nashville’s music and arts scene by collaborating with Tennessee Brew Works’ SONGS ON TAP—Live Concerts Series.

FUEL OUR FIRE’s founder Pheobe Hunt on the TEDx Stage

Vocalist and violinist Phoebe Hunt performs and shares an inspiring message about community, inspiration and collaboration. She is joined by the following musicians: Band Members of Crying Uncle: Miles Quale, age 14, fiddle; Teo Quale, age 12, mandolin; John Gooding, age 16, guitar; Andrew Osborn, age 15, bass Duet: Sage Kerr, age 11, fiddle; Daisy Kerr, age 13, guitar Duet: CJ Neary, age 12, fiddle; Daisy Kerr, age 13, guitar This talk was part of TEDxPaloAltoSalon, Imagine Anew, held on October 28, 2018.