So, Lorde wants to be like Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon…play in Israel then, Snowflake

Lorde has cancelled her tour to Israel…a coward in the face of Twitter bullies.

In June 2017 she claimed she wanted to be like Leonard Cohen and Paul Simon in an interview with The Guardian:

“I want to be really, really good one day,” Lorde says. Her legs start to twitch again. Her arms begin to flail, making their shapes. “I think I’m pretty good now. I think I’ve made a good start. But I want to be Paul Simon.” She thumps her hands down hard on the table. “I want to be Leonard Cohen.” (Thump.) “I want to be Joni.” (Thump.) “Fucking.” (Thump.) “Mitchell.” (Thump.) “And that takes time.”

If she wants to be like Paul Simon, then she could play In Israel like he did:

Paul Simon in Israel

Shalom,” American Jewish music legend Paul Simon told reporters in Tel Aviv on Wednesday afternoon, on the eve of his first performance in Israel for almost three decades.

Simon is set to perform at the Ramat Gan Stadium Thursday evening, in his third show in Israel to date.

The 70-year-old singer and songwriter – once half of the folk duo Simon and Garfunkel – told journalists that he had no political messages and that, as an artist, his sole aim is to play and sing the best he can.

Simon was presented with a shofar at the press conference, where he explained there was no particular reason as to why it has been so long since his last visit to Israel, but that he tends not to set out on lengthy international tours.

If she wants to be like Leonard Cohen, then she could play in Israel like he did:

Leonard Cohen singing to Israeli troops including Ariel Sharon in 1973

It wasn’t only that his sad and beautiful lyrics resonated so strongly with them. And it wasn’t only because he was a fellow member of the tribe. Leonard Cohen, who died on Friday at the age of 82, has long held a special place in the hearts of Israelis, thanks in large parts to his extraordinary act of solidarity during one of their darkest moments.

In October 1973, when the Yom Kippur War broke out, Cohen was living on the Greek island of Hydra with his partner Suzanne and their son Adam. Wanting to lend his assistance to the Jewish people but not knowing exactly how, he boarded a flight to Tel Aviv, hoping to volunteer on a kibbutz. Israel’s collective farms were facing a severe manpower shortage at the time because most able-bodied men had been called up to combat.

He was sitting at a cafe on Tel Aviv’s famed Dizengoff Street, engaged in conversation with a well-known Israel actor, when the Canadian songwriter and poet was recognized by one of his local admirers, the singer Oshik Levi. Levi approached Cohen and asked what he was doing in Israel. When Cohen relayed his plans to volunteer on a kibbutz, Levi immediately dissuaded him, saying he could put his talents to much better use elsewhere. Why don’t you come join me and some friends who’ll be performing for the troops in the Sinai? Levi suggested.

Cohen was initially reluctant. He didn’t think his sad songs were the best way to boost the morale of the troops, he said. “I told him that everything will be alright,” Levi later recounted in an interview with i24News.

Levi was part of a band known at the time as “The Geneva Conference,” which included one of Israel’s most talented musicians, Matti Caspi. For the next few months, Cohen joined them as a singer, with Caspi accompanying him on guitar as they made the rounds performing for Israeli troops during the Yom Kippur War. A recently unearthed photo taken near the Suez Canal at the time shows Cohen standing between Caspi and the controversial general who would many years later become Israel’s prime minister – Ariel Sharon.

It was after his first performance in the Sinai that Cohen, according to various accounts, found himself a relatively quiet corner and scribbled down the words to what would later become one of his popular songs. He emerged with a piece of paper on which were written to words to “Lover Come Back To Me” and which was performed there in the Sinai Desert during the Yom Kippur War for the very first time. Also known as “Lover, Lover, Lover,” It ends with the following words:

And may the spirit of this song,
may it rise up pure and free.
May it be a shield for you,
a shield against the enemy.

Cohen would later say he wrote “Lover Come Back to Me” for soldiers on both sides of the battle lines – Israeli and Egyptian. But at a performance in Tel Aviv in 1980, he said it was inspired “by the grace and the bravery of many Israeli soldiers at the front” and described his experiences with the troops during the Yom Kippur War as “invigorating and depressing.”

This sad little snowflake doesn’t realise her musical heroes would never have caved to pressure like she did.

She will be never be like Leonard Cohen or Paul Simon.

 

-The Guardian, Haaretz,


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