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In this album you will hear podcasts in which I will talk about some of my favorite poems and songs of Leonard Cohen.


released November 7, 2016

Photo © IRA NADEL: "September 21, 1979. Leonard Cohen celebrates his 45th birthday with a friend from Romania.



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Cosmin Gheorghe is a Bay Area based consultant, coach, speaker and author. He has degree in Psychology and an MD in General Medicine. His work explores the ways in which Culture, Globalization & Technology influence human behavior, social and professional interactions. That includes choices, decisions, & relationships with peers, products & services. Listen-HaveFun & Achieve Your Global Potential! ... more

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Track Name: The Unquantifiable Benefits of Acknowledging Our Darkness
I heard of a man
who says words so beautifully
that if he only speaks their name
women give themselves to him.
(L. Cohen, "I heard of a man ...", from his poetry collection "Let Us Compare Mythologies")

“I said I was ready to die recently but that was an exaggeration. One is given to dramatization. I intend to live forever.”

“There’s torture, and there’s killing
And there’s all my bad reviews
The war, the children missing
Lord, it's almost like the blues."

“So I let my heart get frozen
To keep away the rot
My father says I’m chosen
My mother says I’m not
I listen to their story
Of the Gypsies and the Jews
It was good, it wasn’t boring
It was almost like the blues”.

Pretending that sadness and death don’t exist will not help us escape them. To the contrary, ignoring our darkness is precisely what breeds leaders who capitalize big on that ignorance. Leonard Cohen reminds us that we can spend our lives trying to figure out how to live forever. Or that we can enjoy the ride and help the next generation do the same.
Track Name: Why Leonard Cohen's Poetry Should Be Part of Sex-Ed Curriculums Around the World
"You came to me this morning
And you handled me like meat
You'd have to be a man to know
How good that feels, how sweet.

I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat
You see, I am just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet

Who loved you with his frozen love
His second hand physique
With all he is and all he was
A thousand kisses deep.

Our perfect porn aristocrat
So elegant, so cheap
I'm old but I'm still into that
A thousand kisses deep."

"Your crazy fragrance all around
You secrets all in view
My lost, my lost was saying found
My don’t was saying do.

They ought to give my heart a medal
For letting go of you
When I turned my back to the devil
I turned my back to the angel too. "

“I’m traveling light
It’s au revoir
My once so bright
My fallen star

I’m running late
They’ll close the bar
I used to play
One mean guitar”

Leonard Cohen is here to remind us that we can spend our lives trying to figure out how to live forever. Or that we can enjoy the ride and help the next generation do the same.

"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"