Sharon Robinson – On Tour With Leonard Cohen

Alright, let’s call this hiatus I’ve tried to take exactly what it is: bollocks. Apparently, I am unable to stay off here. I take in too much, and I’ve been posting here for too long (over 8 years) so the reflex to hop on and tell you about something is too strong to quell. I don’t know what this means to the blog – I am not commiting to a schedule nope no way, but it seems I still have the need to tell you about things. So I will, whenever it pleases me. It may be several days between posts, but so what? This is all a learning process. Hiatus schmiatus. Let’s give ‘er.

Sharon Robinson – On Tour With Leonard Cohen

At the library the other day, I happened on this collection of pictures taken by long-time Cohen collaborator Sharon Robinson. This should have lots of cool ‘inside the tour’ photos, really worth my time, right? Of course I brought it home to check it out.

I truly wish I hadn’t. Most of the photos are blurry, or of pointless subjects that seriously needn’t have been included (for e.g. airport tarmacs, hotel rooms, empty hallways). There are, of course, several selfie shots of Robinson, and her make-up bags in the bathroom mirror. What.

Plain and simple, what this is is a vanity project, a ‘look at me I know Leonard Cohen’ pile of paper waste. Sorry Sharon, just because your phone can take pictures and you have access the rest of us don’t have, does not mean you are a photographer. This book is the proof.

To be fair, there are a few good, candid shots here. But I could cull through this book and maybe (maybe!) come up with 25 good pictures worthy of publication. This book is over 200 pages long, many pages containing multiple pictures. It’s ludicrous.

On the back cover, and repeated inside on the first few pages, is a quote from Leonard: “An eye as fine as her ear.” Really, Leonard? Sorry Sharon, he’s just being sweet because Leonard is always sweet to the ladies. But if these pictures are the outcome of your “fine” eye, it doesn’t say much for your ear, either.

Boy am I ever glad I signed out a library copy and didn’t pay the $45 US/CDN cover price!

Avoid this completely.

on tour with lc

12 thoughts on “Sharon Robinson – On Tour With Leonard Cohen

    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha like the worst addicts, I was never really invested in the process (hence all the posts during the period of hiatus).

      It’s almost as though I was rebelling against Collins…


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Yeah. I really wanted to like it, I mean, I sure do love me some Leonard Cohen. And a book like this, by someone on the inside, ought to have a lot of cool pics from the tour and candid stuff people would want to see. Sadly, I think this one was a bust.

      Leonard has always had female singers around him (and females in general, the old hound) and to a one they’ve always seemed to be like remoras – oh, they can sing, but they bask in his aura of authentic poet (he’d call that one bullshit) and thnk of themselves as pure artists themselves. Thing is, without him around they sort of disappear (and do covers of his stuff). Based on what I saw here, I doubt there’s a photography career waiting for Ms. Robinson if she ever leaves Leonard’s employ. Not unless she learns how to focus her camera. Blurry photos can be artistic, but they can also just be blurry photos.

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    1. keepsmealive says:

      It’s so true. Funny thing is, all of the obligation came from me. I must do a different radio station every day for a week. I must do an artist’s entire discography in a series every day without a break. I must do EVERY SINGLE G-DAMN THING I OWN… I am my own worst enemy, I suppose.

      If I learned anything from spending sometimes days without thinking about it, it’s that I might find some measure of balance eventually. As you say, if I can just do this when I want and not worry about it the rest of the time, I’ll be golden. I just need to stay out of my own way!

      No more schedules. That’s a big first one, for me. It’s a slippery slope if I start doing that.


      1. stephen1001 says:

        You can do it – I too fall into similar traps, for me it’s most often the trying to “accomplish x number of things in perhaps too ambitious a defined time frame!”


  1. mikeladano says:

    Man, I’m glad you posted this. It’s like a public service announcement. Too bad about the blurry, shoddy pics of makeup bags. I hate buying something and saying I could have done a better job. Show us the man during intimate moments, not a tarmac…


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Well, it’s just my opinion on the thing, but I thought it was a pretty bad waste of time. If it helps somebody save (almost) $50, I’m glad I could help. I recommend flipping through it in the shops, at the very least, before blindly buying just because it has Leonard’s name on it.

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