I have tried in my way to be free

It’s been a rough week.

I am speechless on every level.

Ironically, I heard that Leonard Cohen passed via text messages while working on a song for my next album. I have thoughtful friends.

When we recorded a live record last year I added one cover song to the mix: Bird on a Wire. My friend Jadea Kelly joined me on stage to sing harmony.

Before we released the album, I contacted Robert Kory, Leonard’s manager in L.A.  I sent him our rough, unmastered version of the song and he quickly asked that we obtain the necessary license via a specific music lawyer in Canada.

It proved a bit costly for me to justify releasing it on the live CD.

I have uploaded that rough version onto Soundcloud for you to hear. I’ll leave it up for a while until we get through this.

When did you first hear Leonard?  Tell me friends.

Here’s the link to the song:



Published by Jay Aymar

Touring Canadian roots songwriter. Always creating. Always performing. Living an artists life.

One thought on “I have tried in my way to be free

  1. Thx. Will have to get family to help me navigate this. Aware of Cohen for yrs. as a poet and way too dark for me and then along came his now famous Hall——-(sp.?) and especially then kd’s version of it (love both!)-Allison CROWE also does a wonderful solo version of it. Cheers.

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