"O God, I could be bounded in a nut shell and count myself
a king of infinite space,
were it not that I have bad dreams."
Act II scene ii
Leonard Cohen was part of my uni days and we would play his music endlessly. Another great bites the dust.
I had his first three albums and played them endlessly. I can still remember big chunks of those songs. Like they say - "the soundtrack" of one's life.
Cohen had a major influence on me when I was in my twenties and Suzanne sounds as good now as it did then.
I learnt to play and sing "Suzanne" at the age of fifteen and I still remember every word. He showed me what poetry could do when married with simple guitar work. It was revelatory.
Just been watching Hunt for the Wilderpeople and right in the middle of the film up pops Leonard Cohen singing The Partisan. Coincidence or what.
Les Allemands étaient chez moiIls me dirent, "résigne toi"Mais je n'ai pas peurJ'ai repris mon âme
This morning when I learned that Cohen had died, I sent exactly this video to my 25 yr old son, hoping he would want to add this sond to his playlist. Do you know his answer? He wrote me back immediately, this song had been one of the first he ever added. YP, as long as young men like him listen to songs like this, there's hope for a world worth living.
Yes Kaki. You are so right my friend.
Another superstar, gone. This has been a terrible year for celebrity deaths.
In my adolescence, it was almost as if Leonard Cohen's songs were guiding me. I listened to them obsessively between 1968 and 1970 when I saw him perform at The Isle of Wight festival.
Hi have just heard the letter he event,y wrote to an old girlfriend who was dying.....a beautiful beautiful piece of prose
It was his letter to Marianne - the Swedish woman he fell in love with on the Greek island of Hydra in the early sixties. Hence, "So Long Marianne".
BBC Radio 4 FM interviewed Suzanne in 1998. Here is a transcript of that interview.Also, everyone should hear k.d. lang sing his "Hallelujah" at least once (or a thousand times) during their life.
Well, that isn't the right link, but you can find it on the page if you Google "Suzanne lyrics" ... sorry.
No problem Bob. Thanks for the two helpful hints. I will pursue them later today.
I agree re k.d. Lang's version of "Hallelujah"...she sings it wonderfully...I played it yesterday when I learned of Cohen's passing.
Leonard was one of my favorites. His poetry flowed and took you on twists and turns. Closing time for Leonard.
Closing time for Leonard. He takes his famous blue raincoat off the back of a chair and leaves the shadowy bar, stepping out into a moonless night - hey, that's no way to say goodbye.
Yes, this is sad news. He was a man of words...and thankfully he shared those words with the rest of us.
Some of his imagery, some of his word choices... they were both intimate and groundbreaking. In my teens he played a part in making me the man I became. His songs got into one's bone marrow.
I concur with your post and all of the comments.Vale Leonard.Alphie
Sing me a song by Leonard Alphie. Which would you choose?
So sad. I came to his music late in life in you know what I mean...had always assumed I wouldn't like it..and then of course in recent years I realised what I had been missing out on....such a voice and such a poet...x
Glad you found him. Go back and listen to "Songs from a Room" (1969).
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