dinsdag 8 oktober 2013

Leonard Cohen en de Ukulele

Wij hebben een bericht gekregen van onze ukulele vriend, Jan ter Burg over Leonard Cohen. Schijnt dat ook Leonard begonnen is op de uke! Dit van Jan:
"Van veel beroemde artiesten is bekend dat ze zijn begonnen op de uke. Van mijn grote favoriet, Leonard Cohen, wist ik dat nog niet. Hier een citaat uit zijn biografie "I'm Your Man" door Sylvie Simmons. We schrijven 1949."

"At the age of fifteen, at around the same time he discovered the poetry of Lorca, Leonard also bought a Spanish guitar for twelve Canadian dollars from a pawnshop on Craig Street. He found he could play some very rudimentary chords almost immediately on the top four strings, thanks to having previously owned (like the hypnotized maid in The Favorite Game) a ukulele. Leonard had taught himself to play ukulele—much as he had taught himself hypnosis—from an instruction manual, the famous 1928 book by Roy Smeck, the so-called “Wizard of the Strings.” “I think I had mentioned it to cousin Lazzy, who was very kind to me after my father died—he would take me to the baseball games at the Montreal ballpark, the Montreal Royals, which was the first team that Jackie Robinson played in. He said, ‘Roy Smeck is coming to El Morocco,’ a nightclub in Montreal. ‘Would you like to meet him?’ I couldn’t go hear him, because a child wasn’t allowed in a nightclub, but he brought me to Roy Smeck’s hotel room and I met the great Roy Smeck.”

Bedankt, Jan! En, terwijl wij het over Leonard Cohen hebt. Hier de akkoorden en tekst voor 'Hallelujah'

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