“No Way to Say Goodbye” [Leonard Cohen Cover]

By Chris Moore:

Hello and welcome to the final Laptop Session of November!  Today, I bring you an all-new cover (that’s right, ALL new) from a new songwriter to the blog, Leonard Cohen.  In fact, I had so much fun learning this song today that I’ll be posting another Cohen song — perhaps his most well-known song — “Suzanne.”

You may be wondering, why bring in a Leonard Cohen song now, after all this time?  Well, there are a couple of answers to that question.

First, I have recently been listening to The Essential Leonard Cohen, after my friend from work, Larry, suggested that Cohen and Bob Dylan are on the same level as songwriters.  Now, for those of you who don’t know me, this was quite a compelling assertion indeed.  Thus, I picked up the CD when I saw the special 3-disc edition on sale at Wal-Mart, and I’ve been listening to the first disc for the past week and a half.  This song, “No Way to Say Goodbye,” is on that disc and has quickly become one of those songs that I find repeatedly stuck in my head during the day.

Then, I was reminded of Cohen yesterday when Alberto picked a cover of his “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley to play on our WCJM “Tenth Anniversary Show.”  This was interesting for me, as it got me wondering if Cohen is one of those artists whose songs are more well-known when done by other performers.  That’s the only song I know of, but I’ll have to do some research to find out…

Speaking of the WCJM show, we had a blast yesterday as we met to record a new installment of Moore Hits in the Morning in the… believe it or not… morning!  The music was as diverse as ever, coming on the heels of Jim’s idea for each of the seven cast members to contribute two of their favorite songs.  This inspired such disparate responses as Jim’s new music choices — BnL’s “Wind it Up” from ’06 and Brian Wilson’s “Live Let Live” from this year — to Dave’s classic music choices — WCJM favorites “All the Things” by the Byrds and “A Simple Game” by the Moody Blues.  I chose one of each — the classic Moody Blues song “Question” and the contemporary “Living Well is the Best Revenge” by R.E.M.

Aside from the music, we had skits, skits, skits!  We had an impeccably delivered segment of Matt’s standup.  We had new skits by classic characters — Ronco, the Food Critic, Dr. Keck, Stuffy D. Bear, and more.  We had brand-new skits, including my Scam Wow parody.

In short, it was fun!

And it was really great to see all the guys in one place one more time.  We had a touch of nostalgia unlike any other on the previous shows, and for good reason — it was our tenth anniversary, for crying out loud!  Seriously though, I was proud to sit there for almost three hours and share in this crazy, creative experience we call WCJM!  Stay tuned to WCJM.com, as the show will be posted soon…

Well, that’s enough for me for one post.  Thanks for stopping by for your daily fix of acoustic rock cover songs; I hope you enjoy my music video.  I’ll be back on Original Wednesday, but until then, don’t miss Jeff’s Monday post and Jim’s Tuesday video.

See you next session!

This is one in a series of acoustic cover songs, original music, and free mp3 downloads here on the Laptop Sessions Music Video Blog.

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