Cohen and the spiritual subject of talk
Belfast — The public is invited to a one-hour talk titled An Introduction to the Spiritual Themes in the Poetry and Song of Leonard Cohen Tuesday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m. at St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church Parish House, 95 Court St. The program is free and open to the public.
Leonard Cohen, the “golden voiced” Canadian singer/songwriter, has engaged in a life-long exploration of the great wisdom traditions, East and West. His most recent album, “Olds Ideas,” is particularly rich in spiritual themes.
Cohen spent several years as a Zen monk in the 1990s, emerging with a maturity and quiet wisdom that has touched a worldwide audience. His existentially iconic song “Hallelujah” has been recorded by a plethora of great artists. This talk will introduce listeners to the spiritual themes that have appeared in Cohen’s work since his first book of poetry in 1956. The talk will be followed by a Q&A period.
David Peloquin is an internationally known author and singer. He views Cohen as gift from the universe; a prophetic and wise soul with an artist’s vision; and a mystic’s pen. His talk draws from his published essay “The Unified Heart and the Blessing to End Disunity; The Spiritual Themes of Leonard Cohen.” Several songs of Cohen will be performed by Peloquin as part of the program.
For more information, call 338-2412 or visit stmargaretsbelfast.org.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.