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Tower of Song : The Songs of Leonard Cohen

jeudi 22 mai 2014, par Cécile Desbrun

Tower of Song : The Songs of Leonard Cohen is a tribute album to the Canadian singer-songwriter that was released in september 1995 after more than a year of delay. Artists such as Bono, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Sting or Suzanne Vega covered one of their favorite Cohen songs, sometimes leading to suprising interpretations — Bono’s "Hallelujah" is probably the most unsettling in that respect. Tori gave a deeply heartfelt and personal rendition of "Famous Blue Raincoat" and she performed the song many times on tour since 1994.

"I’ve done something on the Leonard Cohen tribute that I’m very excited about because, what an influence his writing has been to so many," she told the Baltimore Morning Sun in July 1994. "I did ’Blue Raincoat,’ just a piano/vocal, which I’m kind of happy about. Everybody else was, you know, doing a big production thing, and I figured, no."

Though she didn’t change the lyrics of the song, during the recording of VH1 Storytellers in 1998, she explained to the audience that she sang it from the point of view of the woman caught up between two men, Jane. She decided in her mind that Jane had found the letter her partner wrote to his ex-best friend who stole her away from him years ago and read it aloud. The self-restraint, almost whispered way she sings the song only increases the emotion of the story.