Waiting For Something, Anything To Happen In Leonard Cohen’s Hotel Room
A cliche has it that Leonard Cohen’s voice is so compelling that his fans would buy a recording of him reading a telephone directory. I submit that this clip – which has garnered 301,405 views on YouTube [as of 25 November 2020] – is the video equivalent.
Part of a Leonard Cohen Special broadcast on Finnish TV in 1993 (the Special also included an interview and several songs from his April 29, 1993 Helsinki concert), this TV promo, apparently shot in Leonard’s hotel room, features Waiting For The Miracle as the soundtrack and the following highlights: Leonard playing his keyboard in bed, channel surfing, making his bed, gazing from hotel window, organizing his desk, putting on his cap, reciting selected Waiting For The Miracle lyrics, closing his window and curtains, and pointing to the Unified Heart emblem on his suitcase lining.
And, indeed, Leonard somehow manages to generate an air of gravitas performing these mundane tasks. And, I suppose one could construct an explanatory hypothesis that the video somehow employs this four minutes of remarkably unremarkable activity to signify the metaphysics of Waiting For The Miracle — or, alternatively, this is the most uneventful Leonard Cohen video ever.
Leonard Cohen – Waiting For The Miracle
Helsinki: April 1993
Video from Robert Knight
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 Aug 1, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.