Friday, October 06, 2006
Buffy & Lennie
Hey, I just bought a Buffy Sainte-Marie CD with God is Alive, Magic Is Afoot on it. Probably the first time I've heard it in 30-plus years. Very cool. Did you know that it is actually a Leonard Cohen poem that Buffy set to music? Good ol' Lenny. I've loved him ever since my high school days, when songs like Avalanche and Dress Rehearsal Rag convinced me that somebody, somewhere, was even more miserable than me. And somehow, out of all that gloom and doom, came transcendent moments like the above-mentioned tune, and Suzanne, and Winter Lady, and Halleluja. One of my favorite Leonard Cohen moments is the opening scene of McCabe and Mrs. Miller, an unspeakably sad and lovely film that begins with The Stranger Song as Warren Beatty, playing an itinerant gambler on horseback, approaches a frontier town through a mist of cold rain. One of the best fusions of music and images ever. Rent the DVD if you don't believe me. Anyway, here's to Lenny & Buffy, two wonderfully idiosyncratic talents who combined to create something weird and... well, magical.