Three of my favorite songs of all time are "Morning Has Broken" by Cat Stevens and "Life on Mars?" and "Changes" by David Bowie. I always particularly loved the piano playing on those songs. It came as no surprise when I finally learned that the same person was responsible for the piano on all three. Rick Wakeman. His playing is just so pretty.
I saw Leonard Cohen on November 1, 2012, at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, Texas. This was by far the best concert I have ever been to. No artifice or posturing whatsoever. Just LC's amazing songs sung with complete sincerity. He was so genuine and truly happy to be there. He showed such appreciation for all of his musicians and back-up singers, too, and he sang for nearly four hours. RESPECT. The only blemish on the whole night were the clods behind me who were chomping on ice cubes, talking and kicking my seat. Unbelievable! Luckily their antics weren't constant, so I managed to forget that they existed for most of the show. They were an annoyance, but really, nothing could detract from Leonard's performance. I've seen a lot of great shows in my life, and this surpassed them all. I'm not sure what it was... probably his honesty. It was pretty much a perfect evening. I did not take this video footage, and of course it can't do the show justice, but at least it's something.