Steven Emerson is emerging from self-imposed obscurity with a creative resurgence that includes a new album, Song of Love, as well as the rebirth of a record he made some 20 years ago as part of New York City’s singer-songwriter scene. The Berkeley-based balladeer cites Leonard Cohen as a primary inspiration, with his 2000 CD, Set in Motion, a blend of ‘60s cool jazz and ‘70s soul that received plaudits, including “a delicate wash of strings and understated female backing vocals that recalls the early ‘70s soul of Al Green…it is Emerson’s voice that makes the music intimate and inescapable.”