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Friday, November 11, 2016

Leonard Cohen R.I.P.

I know everybody and his dog loves "Hallelujah."  But "Suzanne" is still my favorite Leonard Cohen song (because your first love is your strongest).

And one of his least deserved to be obscure:


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

I can honestly say I liked his poetry too, his two novels, The Favorite Game and Beautiful Losers, I remember being impressed with them, certain poetic passages but the overall effect didn't last for me. It did lead me to read other Canadian authors I probably wouldn't have if I hadn't read those.

He knew how to write a song, didn't he.

Geesh, I barely remember the world before I knew of him. I guess this is what it's like to get old.

9:38 AM  
Blogger June Butler said...

Leonard Cohen and I were almost exact contemporaries, born in the same year, the same month, only three days apart. As we grew old together, the resonance of Leonard's songs grew ever greater and deeper over the years. I love his poetry, songs, and voice, even when he sings in his gravelly old man's voice, speaking more than singing the lyrics. My favorites now are from one of Cohen's later albums, "Old Ideas" - "Come Healing", "Amen", and "Going Home".

I received the final album, "You Want It Darker", a few days before Cohen died, and I'm still digesting it.

1:57 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

And now it's Leon Russell. if the next person is Judy Collins (before year's end), I'm not sure I can take the strain.

7:03 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

Adding: listening to Cohen's last album now, June; first blush, but it seems profoundly Xian to me. Which isn't surprising, but very interesting.

7:05 PM  
Blogger June Butler said...

It's been a sad year for losing musicians. It's been a sad year, altogether, and listening to Cohen's songs has been a comfort. He was a spiritual wanderer; he explored his own heritage, Judaism, Zen, and I think he admired our Jesus. He knew the bible, certainly the Hebrew Testament, and seemingly the Gospels.

10:08 PM  
Blogger Rmj said...

He makes the reflect on Merton, who was profoundly stirred by Buddhism, while never rejected his Christianity to be so.

7:31 AM  

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