BEL O’CCHIO   …   the beautiful eye




Listen to the music.

To the words.

Listen to Leonard Cohen celebrating 80 Years today.

“Now in Vienna there’s ten pretty women

There’s a shoulder where Death comes to cry

There’s  a lobby with nine hundred windows

There’s a tree where the doves go to die

There is a piece that was torn from the morning

And it hangs in the Gallery of Frost.


There’s  a concert hall in Vienna

Where your mouth had a thousand reviews

There’s a bar where the boys have stopped talking

They’re been sentenced to death by the blues

Ah,but who is it climbs to your picture

With a garland of freshly cut tears?

Take this waltz, take this waltz

Take this waltz it’s been dying for years


There’s an attic where children are playing

Where I’ve got to lie down with you soon

In a dream of Hungarian lanterns

In the mist of some sweet afternoon


And I’ll dance with you in Vienna

I’ll be wearing a river’s disguise

The hyacinth wild on my shoulder,

My mouth on the dew of your thighs


And I’ll bury my soul in a scrapbook,

With the photographs there, and the moss

And I’ll yield to the flood of your beauty

My cheap violin and my cross

And you’ll carry me down on your dancing

To the pools that you lift on your wrist

Oh my love, Oh my love

Take this waltz, take this waltz

It’s yours now.  It’s all that there is.

(Words and music by Leonard Cohen

 View how this Art dress was created  and the  fairy tale that describes its adventure  by Resa McConaghy  ARTGOWNS)



  1. Ah…….the words match the beauty of the gown…..inspiring love and elegance………you inspire such passion in life, dearest Virginia!

    Dance me to your beauty with a burning violin
    Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
    Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
    Dance me to the end of love
    Dance me to the end of love

    Leonard Cohen

  2. I’m weeping! T. (With the green plants and candles in the background, the dress looks like she’s waltzing in an enchanted forest. I’m still studying the braids, train, and tassels. Gorgeous!)

    • Oh yes, yes, the dress is waltzing in the moonlight. Leonard Cohen is singing softly “take this waltz”. If you have a moment Google U Tube and be taken away by this haunting song. The lyrics were derived from a Spanish poem by Federico Garcia Lorca. V.

  3. OH, I know “Take this Waltz” and “Dance me to the end of Love” very well. I’m a huge Leonard Cohen fan. Thanks for your post, I’m now listening to his 1967-2004 cd. His voice breaks my heart each time I hear. Perfect soundtrack for your dress. T.

    • Oh Miss T you and Tinny are on the same sound track. Tinny is listening to Dance me to the end of Love and whispering the words back to me. How utterly amazing a dress can evoke such wonderfull thoughts. Resa is a designer extraordinaire. V.

      • It is This Gown. This gown with its fairy tale story. This gown waltzing us through to another time. This gown surrounded by others of out-of-time glory and magnificence. This exotic and sensual world created by Resa the Wonderful. And, as we twirl and twirl and twirl around the ballroom floor we sing “take this waltz, take this waltz” for we are dizzy with delight.

  4. Dear Virginia,

    What a touching and beautiful tribute to your Empress d’Amore!
    It is absolutely wonderful, and I’m at bit of a loss for words.
    I truly wish Leonard Cohen could see this!

    • I am besotted with the Empress d’Amore and her story. I rather think Leonard Cohen would agree. Hmmm.. must go to his website and see what he is up to. XXOOO Virginia

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