Javier Mas & Glen Hansard Visit The Shop That Made Leonard Cohen’s Conde Guitar

Conde is a name Leonard Cohen fans may recognize from Leonard’s 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards Speech:

I was compelled… to go and open my guitar. I have a Conde guitar, which was made in Spain… I pick up an instrument I acquired over 40 years ago. I took it out of the case, I lifted it, and it seemed to be filled with helium it was so light. And I brought it to my face and I put my face close to the beautifully designed rosette, and I inhaled the fragrance of the living wood. You know that wood never dies. I inhaled the fragrance of cedar as fresh as the first day that I acquired the guitar. And a voice seemed to say to me: “You are an old man and you have not said thank you, you have not brought your gratitude back to the soil from which this fragrance arose”. And so I come here tonight to thank the soil and the soul of this people that has given me so much. [emphasis mine]

From the YouTube blurb:

A few days ago, Glen Hansard, an Oscar winning (2007) Irish musician paid us a visit with his friend and colleague Javier Mas (Leonard Cohen’s band). They spent some time with us trying out the guitars.


I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted March 11, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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