When Leonard Cohen died on November 7, 2016, the thought of his music dying, too, was unacceptable to Westport’s singer-songwriter-performer Suzanne Sheridan, suzannesheridanmusic.com. “When I heard that Leonard had died, I immediately called my band members and asked them to join me at my home to play his music. Subsequently, I got on the phone and invited dozens of my friends to come over to hear us. We ended up with about 50 people at my home, sitting on chairs and on the floor. We were all singing together. It might well have been the first singing shivah.”
Sheridan will once again take the stage at The Coffeehouse at the Wheeler’s @ the Westport Historical Society to keep Leonard Cohen’s music alive and to honor the first anniversary of his death. Suzanne Sheridan has been performing the music of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen for audiences in many parts of the world. “Losing Leonard Cohen was one of music’s greatest losses ever. He has written hundreds and hundreds of songs and I am sure that if we had not lost him, he would have given us many more. But what we do have is his treasure trove and I look forward to performing at least 20 of those treasures on November 10.” Joining Sheridan on stage for this Leonard Cohen tribute will be Bob Cooper on keyboards and Joe Meo on saxophone, flute, and clarinet.
Among the 20 songs Sheridan will be performing are “Coming Back to You,” “Hallelujah,” “I’m Your Man,” “Dance Me to the End of Love,” “Anthem,” “Famous Blue Raincoat,” and “Closing Time.” To keep Cohen’s music alive and available to audiences is a goal that Sheridan promises to keep.
Jeff Burger, in the Preface of his book, “Leonard Cohen on Leonard Cohen,” writes, “How many of the 701 people inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by 2013 hit their peaks in their mid- and late seventies? Maybe just one: Leonard Cohen, who at age seventy-three, began his first tour in fifteen years in 2008, the same year he was inducted into the Hall of Fame.”
The opportunities to hear Cohen’s music performed live are diminishing. But the opportunity to hear the music now is a rare and wonderful happening. Admission is $20 and includes light snacks and wine or beverage. Calling 203-222-1424 will allow you the opportunity to reserve your seats for this special occasion. The Westport Historical Society is located on 25 Avery Place in Westport