Dear Heather Leonard Cohen

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Label: Columbia / Nashville / Legacy

Genre: Songwriter

Subgenre: Folk-Rock

Artist: Leonard Cohen

Composer: Diverse

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  • 1Go No More A-Roving03:40
  • 2Because Of03:01
  • 3The Letters04:44
  • 4Undertow04:20
  • 5Morning Glory03:28
  • 6On That Day02:05
  • 7Villanelle for Our Time05:55
  • 8There for You04:36
  • 9Dear Heather03:41
  • 10Nightingale02:27
  • 11To a Teacher02:32
  • 12The Faith04:17
  • 13Tennessee Waltz04:04
  • Total Runtime48:50

Info for Dear Heather

While there are some familiar elements present, much of 'Dear Heather' is a stark contrast to virtually all of Leonard Cohen's previous recorded work. Where the Canadian troubadour's previous albums all sounded like carefully constructed towers of song, built piece by painstaking piece (and Cohen has confirmed this as his working process), 'Dear Heather' seems to be an entirely more spontaneous offering. One might speculate that longtime Buddhist Cohen has taken the precepts of Zen to heart in presenting a batch of compositions unmarred by the effects of obvious labor.

Lyrically and melodically, these songs are more sparse and pared-down than anything else in Cohen's catalog. Some are whittled down to only a simple recitation repeated numerous times over a skeletal chord progression. By simplifying his approach to such an extreme degree, it seems as though Cohen is trying to get as close as possible to the heart of his work, without the literary trappings of his past accomplishments. Nevertheless, one link with his previous work is the bonus live cut tacked on to the end of the disc. In the tradition of past quirky Cohen covers like Irving Berlin's 'Always' and Richard Blakeslee's 'Passing Thru,' the gravel-voiced singer tackles the country classic 'Tennessee Waltz' with trademark aplomb that also reminds the listener of Cohen's ever-present sense of humor.

Leonard Cohen, vocals, guitar, piano
Sharon Robinson, vocals, various instruments
John Crowder, vocals, bass
Bill Ginn, piano
Mitch Watkins, vocals, guitar, electric guitar
Ron Getman, vocals, steel guitar
Anjani Thomas, vocals, piano, background vocals
Raffi Hakopian, violin
Sarah Kramer, trumpet
Paul Ostermayer, flute
Garth Hudson, accordion
Bob Sheppard, tenor saxophone
Bill Ginn, piano
Roscoe Beck, bass
Stan Sargeant, bass
Johnny Friday, drums
Richard Crooks, drums
John Bilezikjian, oud

Recorded from July 9, 1985, 2002–04
Produced by Leanne Ungar, Sharon Robinson, Anjani Thomas, Henry Lewy, Leonard Cohen

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