Lauren Fox | Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen

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Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell & Leonard Cohen

by Lauren Fox

Through stories and song Lauren Fox examines the creative genius--and conflicted desires--of two of folk music’s most enduring artists.
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1. Michael from Mountains
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2. Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye
3:03 $0.99
3. Opening Patter
2:25 $0.99
4. Suzanne
4:06 $0.99
5. Intro to Marcie
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6. Marcie
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7. Intro to Joni
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8. Little Green
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9. Intro to Leonard
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10. Night Comes On
2:57 $0.99
11. Rainy Night House
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12. Intro to Chelsea Morning
0:11 $0.99
13. Chelsea Morning
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14. Intro to Chelsea Hotel
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15. Chelsea Hotel
4:15 $0.99
16. Intro to River
2:05 $0.99
17. River
3:53 $0.99
18. Intro to I'm Your Man
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19. I'm Your Man
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20. All I Want
4:09 $0.99
21. Thank You's
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22. Intro to Bird On the Wire
0:18 $0.99
23. Bird On the Wire
4:02 $0.99
24. Cactus Tree
5:20 $0.99
25. Coda
3:06 $0.99
26. Hallelujah
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27. Both Sides Now
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Album Notes
"Never have I been so moved by the weaving of two great artists that come together as one; brought to life and shared by the beautiful voice and artistry of Lauren Fox, who not only shows us the gifts of their music but brings a new, fresh take on them, sheds new light, and is truly a worthy keeper of the flame."
-John Shanks, Grammy winner, Producer of the Year

"The affair of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen in the late 1960s may have only lasted a few months, but its resonance in the songs of these two Canadians — especially in Ms. Mitchell’s lyrics — is far reaching. A speculative exploration of their personal and artistic chemistry is only one aspect of Lauren Fox’s remarkable cabaret show, “Love, Lust, Fear & Freedom: The Songs of Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen,” at the Metropolitan Room."
-Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Ms. Fox’s rendition of Mr. Cohen’s “Hallelujah” was the deepest and most dramatically revealing of any I’ve heard. The bitterness and self-laceration of this song about the failure of a relationship — and all relationships — registered keenly. With minimal melodrama she conveyed the steep prize of being in the thrall of romantic heat as time goes by: serial, deepening disenchantment."
-Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"In singing a program of numbers by Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen, Fox raised folk singing to contemporary heights with her extraordinary talent. She has the ability to mesmerize an audience with her very presence and total command of her repertoire. Her skill as an actress serves her well as she injects meaning into every line, complete with a haunting voice, sensitive facial expressions, telltale body language and the intense feeling she brings to her song choices. After singing Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” she ends with Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now,” and it is as if a whole era has been summoned by the mastery of a new generation singer who can keep the music alive with updated expressiveness. "
-William Wolf, Wolf Entertainment Guide

"Lauren Fox’s eloquently written, wrenchingly performed evening of songs by Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen is a revelation, not an exercise in nostalgia. Moving seamlessly back and forth between the two artists, and nuanced octave changes, she focuses on their time together and influence on one another. Characters are deftly described, history and anecdotes kept to incisively chosen illustrations which broaden understanding of the work. “Chelsea Morning” (Mitchell), interpreted as the exuberance of new love, is as joyful as “River” is a prayerful plea: “I wish I had a river so long/I could teach my feet to fly.” The delicate musicality of the second phrase sends a chill up my spine, repeated during a clarion rendition of “All I Want.” Cohen’s “Bird on the Wire” is a self-justifying anthem. The searing “Hallelujah”—“Love is not a victory march/It's a cold and it's a broken Hallelujah”—is bluntly potent, a velvet knockout. His somewhat lesser known “I’m Your Man” becomes heady, suggestive, smoldering as offered by the insinuating Fox, fedora cocked, leaning towards women at the front of the room. Heat rises. This is a beautifully realized piece."
-Alix Cohen, Cabaret Scenes

"She began to talk about Canadian songwriters, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen and their relationship with each other and bits about their lives. And as she talked and sang songs they wrote about each other and about others (they were nothing if not free to be with others), something magical happened. Her voice became confident and strong and it became clear that not only is she deeply knowledgeable about and connected to Cohen and Mitchell, she is adept at bringing their complicated and fascinating souls alive vocally and physically. Lauren Fox is quite clearly a very talented actress and singer, but also a courageous artist committed to her own ideas of what she wants to express in a cabaret setting. And as a result, Lauren brought us all into a world we never expected to find at the Metropolitan Room—intimate, fascinating and magical."
-Susan Hasho, Times Square Chronicles



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A beautiful work of art
Lauren Fox has taken me back to a place in time of my life that was so wonderful and joyful. All I have to do is play Lauren, close my eyes and I'm smiling. Her music is perfection!

Music Lover

not to be missed-- i love these albums!
Ok, if you are a Joni Mitchell or Leonard Cohen fan, or just a fan of music, you are in for a treat. This is an amazing 2-CD set that captures Lauren Fox live (on separate nights i think) at the Metropolitan Room in NYC, doing her tribute to both Mitchell and Cohen.

So many things to say about this so let's just get the basics out of the way: the songs themselves are superb. You have Lauren Fox's vocals, which are gorgeous, and her unique style and interpretation of the songs-- both sublime. The songs are right there, but she adds a certain flavor to them, giving them a cohesive feel with which the whole show flows. Hard to describe, it's perhaps a little jazzy and a little Broadway but without losing any of the familiarity of the songs. And Fox introduces many of them with a bit of interesting background, or recollection, providing great insight into the work. The material is so well-served, in fact, that you can tell Fox herself is a big fan. And it's as if her voice is made for this material. You can't help but wonder if she was back there at the Chelsea Hotel with Joni and Leonard-- her voice is right out of that era. Close your eyes, and you're right there too.

And then there's the band, the arrangements, and the sound quality-- which are all really superb. This is one of those live shows that you think couldn't sound any better if it were done in the studio-- and demonstrates why live music is so compelling. So many of the songs are straight-up home runs: Suzanne, I'm Your Man, The Chelsea songs, and River just to name a few. And the version of Hallelujah... that is worth the price of admission alone. It's breathtaking.

Ok, i am giving 5 stars because, honestly, i can't think of anything that could be improved. These records are divine. Enjoy, fellow fan.

David Quinn

Listening to Magic
Throughout my life, when someone would mention Woodstock or a show that I *wish* that I had been to, I'd just sigh and think, "Someday, I'll be at one of those shows." Simply put: Lauren Fox is "one of those shows" every time she takes the stage. I've never been so moved - and so captivated - by a performer before, and this CD allows me to travel back and rediscover beautiful moments again and again. Looking over the track list, you'll think, "Oh, I've heard 90% of this material before." And you'd be wrong. I, too, *thought* I was familiar with the songs and that I'd "heard" them all before. But listening to Lauren is like traveling to an undiscovered country; you are positive you know what is going to happen, but then something else - something new and wonderful and magical - takes you away to a new place, entirely. With Lauren, the music is honored and treasured and sheltered and chased and, above all, loved. You can hear, in every note and every phrase, a woman who holds the artists in the highest esteem. Lauren Fox loves this music. And, listening to her, you will fall in love with it...and her, too.

Fox Fan

Great Stuff
The CD really captures the live show, which was lovely when I saw it at the Metropolitan Room in Manhattan. Such great songs, so beautifully rendered by Lauren Fox. When you hear her voice, you know that, for instance, "Cactus Tree" is going to be special, but the surprise is how great the Cohen songs sound, like the sly "Chelsea Hotel." And it's all stitched together with anecdotes and back story. Nice.