Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas, New Friends … And A Few Old Acquaintances

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

I’m enjoying a vacation this week and chose to repeat a popular “Profiles” that first aired on June 8. It’s a “show within a show” as I offer up Joyride Media’s wonderful one hour production of “Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas With New Friends”. It's based on the legendary singer-songwriter’s latest album, “Old Ideas” (Columbia), his first studio album since 2004. The Joyride Media show features vintage Cohen waxing philosophical at two recent press conferences devoted to the album as well as observations from a host of young artists whom the 77-year-old legend has influenced.

For the show’s start, I selected recordings from songwriting contemporaries of Cohen in the 1960s folk scene, where his music and poetry initially emerged. The show ended with two Cohen songs performed by Judy Collins who was instrumental in introducing Cohen’s songs (and Cohen) to American audiences.

  • Artist, "Title", Album, Label

  • Mimi & Richard Farina, “Miles”, Pack Up Your Sorrows, Vanguard

  • Bob Dylan, “Song To Woody”, The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings, Columbia

  • Tom Paxton, “Ramblin’ Boy”, Troubadours Of The Folk Era/Vol. 2, Rhino

  • Eric Andersen, “Thirsty Boots”, The Collection, Archive Records

  • Phil Ochs, “There But For Fortune”, Troubadours Of The Folk Era/Vol. 2, Rhino

  • Judy Collins, “Suzanne”, Sings Leonard Cohen: Democracy, Rhino

  • Jerry Jeff Walker, “Mr. Bojangles”, Roots Of Folk, Vanguard

  • Patrick Sky, “Many A Mile”, Roots Of Folk, Vanguard

  • Ian & Sylvia, “Early Morning Rain”, Roots Of Folk, Vanguard

  • Tom Rush, “The Circle Game”, Troubadours Of The Folk Era/Vol. 2, Rhino


    Joyride Media’s “Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas With New Friends”


  • Judy Collins, “Sisters Of Mercy”, Wildflowers, Elektra

  • Judy Collins, “Bird On A Wire”, Who Knows Where The Time Goes, Elektra

  • Mimi & Richard Farina, “Celebrations For A Grey Day”, Pack Up Your Sorrows, Vanguard