Wednesday, August 4, 2010

McCabe & Mrs Miller

If ever a soundtrack already existed for a film it would be Leonard Cohen's for McCabe & Mrs Miller (Robert Altman, 1971). Its as if the film is the music's imagery incarnate: the tale of a handsome stranger, one with "poetry in him", arriving in a bygone boreal settlement to the sound of steeples and brothels, vice and virtue; muffled prayer. Foreboding stories of wild women, whisky and fur coats are swept along by snow fall and mandolins. And always (always) in the background is the sound of howling wind and flickering guitars.

You can hear/buy Cohen's first professional recording here, a spoken-word LP issued by the Folkways label in 1957. Cohen reads eight poems from his Let Us Compare Mythologies for the album Six Montreal Poets.

(PS. My laptop is broke = sporadic, hurried posts.)

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