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R.I.P. Leonard

Leonard Cohen is gone, and the world is a little poorer.

I'd say "a little sadder," but Cohen was the bard of sadness. He spoke to all the broken hearts out there, sang of shattered dreams and lost hopes. There was no one better to listen to when you were melancholy, depressed, lonely, despondent, or suicidal.

There was a certain time in my life when I listened to Cohen's SONGS OF LOVE AND HATE album obsessively, drowning in his voice and his words. That was in the Age of Vinyl, and I believe I wore out several needles on that one.

I've loved so many of his songs... "Hallelujah," of course, and "Famous Blue Raincoat." But I will leave you with my favorite:



Back in the day, when I was young and music was good, a number of my short stories were inspired by lyrics in my favorite songs. "Suzanne" was the inspiration for my short story "Bitterblooms," which remains one of my favorites to this very day.

Goodbye, Leonard.

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angeleno
Nov. 11th, 2016 05:52 am (UTC)
R.I.P Leonard


Aww George. I love that "Suzanne" is your favorite. 'Back in the day' is pretty much the same time for both you and I, and "Suzanne" was the first Leonard Cohen song I was ever aware of. To this day, whenever his name is mentioned, it is the first song that comes to mind. It's such a beautiful song. I've gone on to love many of his other songs, but that one holds a very special place. I agree with you, the world is a little poorer place tonight.

Godspeed, Leonard, and thank you for all the hours of wonderful music.
redguardricky
Nov. 11th, 2016 05:52 am (UTC)
November 2016 is not looking like a month we'll all remember fondly. But I hadn't actually heard "Suzanne", and I love it, so thank you for that.
iskander9999
Nov. 11th, 2016 05:54 am (UTC)
Yes, this is shaping up to be one of the worst weeks in a very very long time.

redpanda67
Nov. 11th, 2016 05:56 am (UTC)
I love his song Hallelujah. R.I.P Leonard Cohen
ancient_silence
Nov. 11th, 2016 06:40 am (UTC)
Sad news... His songs will live forever!
Kelsey KeltonRue Padgett
Nov. 11th, 2016 06:42 am (UTC)
Like a bird on a wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir...I have tried, in my way, to be free.

Oh, Leonard. Now, most certainly, you are free. Wishing you the best of glories any poet could dream of, and hope their beckoning call finds you well.

First time I have posted on your page, Martin. First time I've come across it. Glad to see you tonight of all nights.

writing_mombie
Nov. 11th, 2016 06:52 am (UTC)
I feel you.
I am a singer and his music (and esp. lyircs!) inspired me throughout the years.
After the election results, we really didn't need another wonderful artist to leave this world - arts give hope.
Ezequiel Martín Cámara
Nov. 11th, 2016 07:18 am (UTC)
First they took Manhattan
He's not staying for when they take Berlin
Brady Johnson
Nov. 11th, 2016 07:22 am (UTC)
He was an excellent poet, songwriter, and character. He will be missed!

I enjoy reading his lyrics--even in absence of music they are still beautiful.
matthewgschafer
Nov. 11th, 2016 07:28 am (UTC)
More than an artist
A few years back my brother showed me his rendition of "Hallelujah," which remains hauntingly beautiful. Together we learned the words and joined Leonard when we were driving. We sang when we were bored. The song was always beautiful, and I can't describe the disappointment of hearing that he's gone. He was more than a singer. He could create emotions that would last long after the track switched. The music would stop, but genuine feelings would continue to resonate. Leonard Cohen, you brought a little light to my life, and much more to the rest of the world. You will be missed.
kriekit
Nov. 11th, 2016 09:04 am (UTC)
Re: More than an artist
>his rendition of "Hallelujah,"

Just a heads-up, Leonard Cohen wrote 'Hallelujah' - he's the original singer.
JuanluR
Nov. 11th, 2016 07:57 am (UTC)
I was 9 or 10 and my mom wouldn't stop playing the tapes for I'm Your Man and Poetas en Nueva York. Both included Cohen's arrangement for Pequeño Vals Vienés by F.G. Lorca as Take this Waltz, I recall palating the melancholy in that songs even at that short age. Just woke up to the sad news here in Spain and, as I was listening to the wonderful song that is Joan of Arc, I couldn't avoid the tears What an eloquent way to describe passing away is "myself I long for love and light, but must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?". Thank for sharing your emotions, it truly comforts not feeling so alone these days of utter sorrow.
uitlander
Nov. 11th, 2016 07:59 am (UTC)
I'm beginning to get sacred of going to sleep each night for fear of what I'll wake up to next.

2016 - the year that just keeps taking. :-(
dewline
Nov. 25th, 2016 02:03 am (UTC)
Amen, neighbour. Amen to that.
Michael James
Nov. 11th, 2016 08:51 am (UTC)
I'm His Fan
Suzanne is my favorite Leonard Cohen song, my mom used to sing it when I was little. I also love The Sisters of Mercy and I Can't Forget in addition to the ones you mentioned and more famous songs like Bird on a Wire or Tower of Song. The Pixies do a cover of I Can't Forget that I really love and it always reminds me of my grandpa. I tend to think of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen together, and while Dylan is amazing, Cohen touches me far deeper and matters to me so much more.
birdsedge
Nov. 11th, 2016 10:16 am (UTC)
I wore the grooves off that first Leonard Cohen album when I was at college. He couldn't sing for toffee, but that didn't matter. The songs, the words... Goodbye Leonard Cohen.
shad_tkhom
Nov. 11th, 2016 11:14 am (UTC)
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