Wednesday, July 05, 2006

I'm a bit late to the party on this one

...but surely there's still time to register awe for Antony of Antony and the Johnsons?

My dad and I saw Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man this weekend, and though I'm not much of a fan (one of the weird things that showed up in some of the performances is that there's sometimes little to differentiate Cohen's mordant, self-deprecating humor from, say, the warbling of sensitive singer-songwriters that I can't tolerate. Also, I really can't tolerate Bono. Rufus Wainwright gives delightfully low-key interviews in the film; Cohen is exactly as you'd expect him to be; but Bono over-reaches in his reverence and ends up sounding silly. No more talking, Bono. You too, Edge.), I thought the tribute concert in the film was wonderful. Several days later, I can't get Antony's performance of "If It Be Your Will" out of my mind: I wasn't sure if I liked it for the first thirty seconds, but I was completely rapt by the end of it. Is that style the kind of thing that works best in performance, though?
Anonymous Christine on Thu Jul 06, 11:37:00 AM:
the same thing happened to me with Antony. i saw him a long time ago opening for le was maybe 2002 or 2001. and he sang his old songs like "cripple and the starfish" and "I fell in love with a dead boy." and i wasn't sure what i thought either, til we were all crying as he's wailing "are you a boy or a girlllll?"
Anonymous Katy on Fri Jul 07, 02:35:00 PM:
My dad used to make us listen to Leonard Cohen before we were old enough to appreciate him (Leonard, not my dad). Montrealers, unite!