George R.R. Martin (grrm) wrote,
George R.R. Martin
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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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