A moment at Coachella made special by Leonard Cohen

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.

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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.

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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.

 

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