Music As Healing Modality – The Leonard Cohen London Live Concert DVD

Live In London 

Live In London

First off, I have a few things to declare …

1. On a housekeeping level, I have an affiliate account at Amazon.com which means if you click the link for something on my site that takes you to Amazon and you buy it, I get a referral fee. It’s not a get rich quick link… I have earned $35.00 or so on it in the last 6 years but I use it to make it easier for you to find products I am talking about or that I have found useful.

2. In my opinion there are transcendent qualities of this DVD that may be considered a healing modality – more on that below. For that reason I will add it to my list of modalities for upcoming sessions like the next series of Pride and Prejudice.

3. Leonard Cohen is getting better with age. How can that be possible?

You probably already know Leonard Cohen as a musical artist and all about his London Live 2008 concert recorded on PBS. While I have been vaguely aware of his hits over the years like “Marianne” or “Suzanne” or “Bird on A Wire” I have never really rushed to buy a CD let alone a concert DVD.   My friends cringe that my musical library mostly contains classical pieces and healing sounds. But recently, I became re-aquainted with the hits of Leonard Cohen while watching YouTube videos of what appeared to be parts of a concert. Loved these individual songs so much I actually bought the DVD.

The dvd has many songs you will recognize but the visual aspect of the concert with the lighting of pinks, greens and deep blue hues, somehow adds to it’s frequencies. This healing expands with the performer himself as he and the accompanying artists infuse heart energy and other qualities that touch the audience then and now.

Throughout the performance LC gives the quality of gratitude in personable ways to the performers highlighting each of their skills so that the audience can deeply appreciate the contribution of each. He is also grateful to the audience for not just the concert and the price they paid to be there, but for ‘keeping my songs alive all these years’. There is a humbleness and kindness prevalent in his words that are endearing and awaken the power of gratitude for healing in the listener.

Sometimes I was surprised at how long ago a song was written – The Tower of Song was twenty years ago. The lyrics are sung in a way that fits the man more today than ever. Like Tony Bennett or Betty White – successful older artists, he remains active despite his years (77 I think). Throughout the concert LC makes witty references to his age.. “Excuse me for not dying…” that demonstrates the qualities of acceptance for what is ( I am older) and yet a continued pursuit of potential. The quote from Yogi Berra springs to mind “It ain’t over ’til it’s over.” How LC handles age can uplift anyone feeling their years.

Words have frequencies that can shift our own energy. The question is what words to use? No wonder, as revealed in a CBC radio interview, it took LC nearly 5 years to finally publish his hit song ‘Hallelujah’ as he had 60 verses written. The poet’s careful selection of words can reach the listener on multiple levels of wisdom and insight depending on their own worldview or experience. Leonard Cohen’s carefully selected words invoke our brow chakra ability to witness and see things beyond the threshold of emotion. The songs help us to just ‘see’ a relationship as it is, ourselves and our needs met or unmet – as it is, leaving our heart energy to respond in kind with the downloaded information. At the level of the heart, the performance on this DVD may evoke for you warmth and love you may have felt but could never express.  Leonard has put it into words that feel like a well-aged fine wine.

The power of music in healing radiates throughout this concert recording. Here is one of my favorites that speaks to the seekers path of enlightenment (at least for me!)

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