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.
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.
Photo Courtesy, Perla Batalla