On December 5, 2012 I took to the hustle and bustle of the streets in the Toronto’s downtown core. After a difficult week, I found myself yearning for some peaceful spiritual bliss. During my commute, I recalled memories of first migrating to the beautiful country of Canada. I was briefly introduced to Leonard Cohen’s book of poetry. At such a tender age, the words before me were so deeply intertwined with complex themes and ideas. My mind wanted gravely to unravel the person behind such beauty. A beauty demonstrated through words, and not static pictures. And this night, I was going to experience those influential words in person.
With my wife in hand and two tickets to escape the concrete jungle of downtown set the stage for a divine night. Not knowing what to expect made it even more worthwhile. At the entrance to the event, I was shocked to see that there were so many people of different ages, backgrounds, and walks of life in one place. I had no idea that so many people craved that spiritual encounter that I was craving. I got the jitters as we approached our seats. The ambience of the entire concert hall, along with the people there made it that much more comforting and peaceful.
Having only read a handful of poetry by Cohen, I really had no idea what was in store for the night. The fog and vibrant white curtains illuminated by rich stage lights was the perfect backdrop for such a salient and mystic performance. Before I could really absorb the energy and ecstasy that was ever prevalent, my hand was grasped by the one I consider to be one of the finest examples of love in my life. Then the show began.
The first set was deeply endowed with so much LOVE. The first few songs opened my eyes to a whole new experience. Although a man of age, Leonard Cohen’s youthful behavior and vibrancy was evident as he sang about love, life, and spirituality. I couldn’t believe it! I sat in my seat amazed that he included all these different topics in his poetry and songs. The lyrics of the first set were so tantalizing to my musical taste buds. Such beautiful expressions of beauty could have never been said any better. I felt that was definitely where my soul needed to be. I sincerely feel that all of humanity’s family tree need to indulge their senses into the world of Cohen’s words and philosophies.
After the intermission, we changed locations and sat with a different vantage point. It was a whole different perspective for me. “I’m Your Man” was a part of the second part of the set list. This song struck a chord. Somehow his lyrics were words I’ve always wished to express but could never piece together the right words. Leonard Cohen did it for me in the most succinct and emotional way. All I could do was look over to the woman next to me hoping she would understand the words in my heart I’ve always wanted to express to her. Hallelujah followed. During the performance of such an expression of spiritual strength, I broke down. I was flooded with emotions the song provoked. For this experience, all I could do was express thanks and praise in my mind and heart for this experience. I could feel the enlightening presence of the Most High in the concert. Spiritual Bliss.