February 11

Today is the anniversary of the beginnings of the visions of Bernadette Soubirous, a miller's daughter, who claimed in 1858 to have encountered the Queen of Heaven at Lourdes. I thought it appropriate to record the date, since Our Lady has a special place in my heart, and anyway, I get an excuse to play the following song--one of Leonard Cohen's best, sung superbly by Jennifer Warnes. I first heard it on my first trip to America, with the rest of the Famous Blue Raincoat album, and love it very much.

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