When I read The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley and the Unlikely Ascent of ‘Hallelujah’ by Alan Light and shared 10 favorite covers of the song, I began an article featuring other Leonard Cohen songs that are sensational for pole and sensual dance.
My research had revealed that Hallelujah was the first track on side B of Various Positions, Cohen’s seventh studio album. The first track on side A is my favorite song on The Civil Wars’ Barton Hollow: Dance Me to the End of Love. The most well known version is by Madeleine Peyroux.
It made me wonder how many other Cohen penned songs would make good pole dance songs.
Here are my picks.
Most feel sensual and/or tap into longing. These are the same qualities I adore in Hallelujah. Some are lighter, some are darker. Some tell great stories.
1. Dance Me to the End of Love – The Civil Wars
2. Chelsea Hotel No. 2 – Lana Del Rey
3. Famous Blue Raincoat – Tori Amos
4. Everybody Knows – Concrete Blonde
5. So Long Marianne – John Cale + Suzanne Vega
6. Joan of Arc – Jennifer Warnes
7. Bird on a Wire – Katey Sagal & the Forest Rangers
8. Gypsy’s Wife – Louise Burns
9. Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye – Lemonheads + Liv Tyler
10. If It Be Your Will – Antony
11. One of Us Cannot Be Wrong – Father John Misty
12. Who By Fire – Buck 65 ft Jenn Grant
13. Winter Lady – Beck
14. Blue Alert – Madeleine Peyroux
15. I’m Your Man – Nick Cave
16. Take This Waltz – Adam Cohen
17. Alexandra Leaving – Sharon Robinson
You can listen to 13 of them in this Spotify playlist.
What’s your favorite Leonard Cohen cover?
Dedicated to Alexandra Franzen
This article and song list is dedicated to Alexandra Franzen in gratitude for the free I Heart Email course she taught last January. I began to heal my relationship with email.
The same week I wrote about Hallelujah, I finally conquered my inbox. I now use a simple, intuitive folder system that works well. I like email again. Plowing through the mountainous task of nearly 2000 unread emails lead to a week of Hallelujahs!
One organizational task I didn’t complete last year was updating my contacts. I made progress by filling in some missing information for some people. And I did send some cards, letters and packages filled with love and gratitude.
This year I want to send more!
I’m happy to report that Alex is teaching a free letter writing course for Universal Letter Writing Week: January 8 – 14, 2015. You can sign up here. She’s promised to send 7 prompts that will take 10 minutes to do per day. I couldn’t resist signing up when I read this:
“In our hyper-digital world, receiving a letter — especially a handwritten letter — is an unexpected treasure.”
My 2015 word of the year is … treasured.
Of course, I’m in. Are you?
PS Have you participated in my Love Growth Spurt Challenge?