Gem of a music-lover’s blog, “Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered”, reveals facets of artistry on display in a rare bootleg of Allison Crowe and Band. The recording, just unearthed from an European audio-trove, features the quartet performing a song sparkling in the diamantine prose of Allan Showalter, Cohencentric’s master wordsmith:
“ ‘Arthur’ is elegantly, efficiently lapidarian, interweaving deeply personal questions of devotion and loyalty, Arthurian legend, intense romantic longing, and, of course, sex. It is, in a word (albeit a conveniently coined term) – Cohenesque. The video for ‘Arthur’ is also a visual treat, featuring sweet, awkward, altogether fetching clips from home movies, shot in Johannesburg and the Natal Coast of South Africa, of the honeymoon of two young people of my own parents’ generation.”
One of the great popular songwriters of this century, the lyrics and tunes of Canada’s Allison Crowe (vocals, piano on this song) are heard newly enriched via the company of bandmates: LIN (cello, vocals), Sarah White (mandolin, vocals) and Dave Baird (bass).
“Soulful. Alive. Joyous. Grievous. Real, true, music is what I want to make,” Crowe states matter-of-factly. Her sensational quartet delivers on this promise.
“Arthur” – with its themes of love, loss, memory and aging – transports via this live bootleg audio captured on Allison Crowe and Band’s recent European concert tour.
Hearty thanks to musician Luca Welker and Tontechniker Hans Buschbach and to the singing, clapping, people of Vaihingen an der Enz and environs who brought such energy and enthusiasm to the show!
Now, we can share in the experience. The music video’s gentle-volume – so, please, turn it up loud. Away we go…