“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” the statement read. “We have lost one of music’s most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief.” A cause of death and exact date of death was not given.
From Chuck Luden;
It is sad to learn of Leonard Cohen’s passing.
I bought his 1st LP upon release for $3.27 at Kmart on S. Minnesota Ave. I was a freshman at Augustana then. Followed his career ever since. He was a gracious man and had vision. Had a wonderful conversation with him in Minneapolis a few years ago in the lounge of the hotel I was staying at. We even exchanged gifts. A priceless memory for me. This cell phone photo was shot by my friend Ray Novak. (I won’t say what Chuck got as a gift, but it was something Leonard hand made, and pretty cool. This was actually the second time Chuck met with him in the same lounge before a show).
Lydia plays tonight at the District, she is opening for the Drive By Truckers. She is a weird combo of Stevie Nicks, Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris. Tickets are kind of spendy, but well worth it. Also a shout out to Scott Hudson for helping to produce a documentary about Lydia, if he can find it in his heart he will introduce me to Lydia.
In her own respects looking like Billy Holiday and sounding like Nina Simone and Amy Winehouse doesn’t hurt. She did a cover of Missippi God Damn and a montage of Bob Marley, truly a beautiful voice. Andra is going places.
One of the best local interviews I have read in a long time. I can say I have been very fortunate to know Jesse and Brian for over 20 years, two of the top musical artists not only in Sioux Falls, but the region. Jesse is a regular at the Bolin Fest in Sioux City. I can’t even count the number of times I have seen both of them play around town and at my 15 year stint at Touch of Europe. Watching them both grow as musicians has truly been a treat. Though I could never play an instrument (just ask Jesse about the number of jokes he has cracked when I have asked him to teach me guitar) I truly appreciate music, and the raw talent these two have is remarkable. Please check them out at Jazzfest, 6 PM Thursday night on the main stage and Saturday night on the 2nd stage.
JazzFest is also a treat this year (25 years), I have been attending almost 20 years, the great mix of blues, jazz, R & B and even pop rock this year will make it one to remember, the weather is also going to be perfect. Props to Rob Joyce and SF Jazz and Blues, some of my proudest moments as a graphic designer and artist have been with the work I did with them, creating the logo for two years in the past. Come and join us and help me celebrate my big 44.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of the Sioux Empire and Brennan Rock & Roll Academy said Monday that they are ending an exclusive partnership to provide music education services to children.
As I called around to friends in the music world in Sioux Falls, I pretty much got the same derogatory statements about Chuck Brennan, ironically the same was said when he announced he was going to sponsor the place to begin with.
Besides the obvious ‘statements’ no one knows who dumped who. We both know at the end of the day it will be a ‘mutal’ agreement, but we all know better.
As someone said to me months ago about the studio space, “It’s set up more to be a night club or bar then a music school.” which only makes one wonder if Chuck got tired of his charitable giving and is going to create Badlands II out of the space.
Either way, hopefully the real story comes out why this partnership ended and I hope some of the people who volunteered as teachers at the place are brave enough to speak out.