By Leighton Ginn
A couple of weeks ago, during Desert Trip, and well before, I was remembering a moment at Coachella.
Back in 2009, Cohen was part of the Coachella lineup, and performed on that Friday that Paul McCartney was headlining.
To be honest, I wasn’t planning on catching Cohen. His set on the Outdoor Stage was close to McCartney’s set and I wanted to get in as close as I could for the former Beatle. I remember seeing pictures of him with his suit and his hat and it reminded me of Cab Calloway from “The Blues Brothers” movie.
So I remember walking across the Outdoor Stage area, just as Cohen was singing “Hallelujah.”
It was a crisp, clear evening sky in the desert, and listening to Cohen with his magnificent voice made it feel like you were closer to heaven. I stopped in my tracks to soak it in.
It was really a magical moment, and one of my favorites from all the Coachellas I’ve been too.
When you live in the desert, and you hit the evening with the crisp weather and the clear skies, it reminds me of why I love living in the desert.
With Cohen releasing new music this year, I was hoping he would make a return to Coachella. Even looking at the YouTube video of Cohen’s performance brings goosebumps.
During Desert Trip, I harkened back to Cohen’s Coachella moment when I would look up to the sky, which was accompanied by a beautiful full moon. We’re truly blessed to have a magnificent desert to enjoy music.
And we were blessed with the magical Leonard Cohen. You will be missed, and you will be remembered fondly.