Dear Heather

Label
Columbia
Release date
2014
Running length
14 tracks
Running time
52:54

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Go No More A-Roving 3:40 26,225
2 Because Of 3:00 29,447
3 The Letters 4:43 31,113
4 Undertow 4:20 22,610
5 Morning Glory 3:28 23,134
6 On That Day 2:04 23,865
7 Villanelle for Our Time 5:55 21,363
8 There for You 4:36 23,171
9 Dear Heather 3:41 20,922
10 Nightingale 2:27 20,622
11 To a Teacher 2:32 19,767
12 The Faith 4:17 19,914
13 Live Track: Tennessee Waltz 4:05 225
13 Tennessee Waltz (Live Version) 4:06 1,702

About this album

Dear Heather is Leonard Cohen’s eleventh studio album, released in 2004. It shows a further departure from Ten New Songs, with more female lead singing and a marked increase in read poetry over sung lyrics, two of these being poems by other writers. The album reached #131 on the Billboard 200 and Internet Album charts and #5 on the Canadian Album charts. It was Cohen’s highest charting album in America since 1969’s Songs from a Room.

“On That Day” is a song about the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City. “Villanelle for Our Time” was recorded 6 May 1999, shortly after Cohen’s return from Mount Baldy Zen Center. It is an improvised jazz recitation of F.R. Scott’s poem. “To a Teacher” is a spoken-word track based on Cohen’s poem from his 1961 book of poetry The Spice-Box of Earth, dedicated to the Canadian poet A.M. Klein. The music track for “The Faith” is actually an outtake from Recent Songs, with completely new lyrics, re-mixed and with new vocals added (thus the production was co-credited to Recent Songs producer Henry Lewy). The track ‘Nightingale’ is dedicated to the late R&B singer Carl Anderson. The last track is a live performance of “Tennessee Waltz”, recorded 9 July 1985 at the Montreux Jazz Festival. It was taken from the radio recording and cleaned up digitally.

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