R113 Winter 2019 Hallelujah! The Music and Life of Leonard Cohen
Wednesdays, 9:40–11:05, Jan. 23–Feb. 13
Rose Gallery at Reston Community Center, Lake Anne
Instructor: Bill Hoyle
“Suzanne,” “So Long Marianne,” and “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye” are just a few of the songs written by Leonard Cohen. His most famous song, “Hallelujah,” was released in 1984, but it had limited initial success and did not become popular until it was covered by other artists years later. Today there are more than 300 different recorded versions of the song. A French-Canadian Jewish poet, Cohen was also a Buddhist monk, yet he wrote many songs about Christianity. In his twenties he lived on the tiny Greek island of Hydra and later lived in a monastery. After his manager embezzled most of his money, he went back on tour in 2008 at the age of 74, and toured for the next five years. The course will include music videos of Cohen in concert, as well as renditions of his songs from Judy Collins, k.d. lang, Jennifer Warnes, Roberta Flack, and others. The lyrics will be distributed and singing along is welcome.
Bill Hoyle is a lifelong music lover, frequent concertgoer, and former choral singer. He saw Leonard Cohen perform in 2009 at Merriweather Post Pavilion and in 2013 at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Hoyle retired in 2014 from his nonmusical day job as senior investigator for the US Chemical Safety Board.