The news announced November 10, 2016, the passing of another musical entertainment icon, Leonard Cohen. He had a public life in phases. There were the early years, perhaps overlaid by other well-known artists such as Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, Joni Mitchell or the myriad of other folk / rock crossovers. Later, a new resurgence of popularity came into view. His poetic, contemplative, sometimes darker interpretation, yet romantic music was the backdrop and cover for newer audiences. Over 90 movies featured his songs, such as, Natural Born Killers, Bird On a Wire, Shrek, & Watchmen.
He became known early on for Suzanne, covered by several artists, but one that has been covered by perhaps too many, Hallelujah, which other artists, have become better known. His earlier romantic relationships, including break ups, were often the source of good material.
His own perspective reveals his candid observation of love, living and dying.
“I never had the sense that there was an end,” he said in 1992. “That there was a retirement or that there was a jackpot.”
Cohen, in October 2016, in Los Angeles, “I said I was ready to die recently and I think I was exaggerating. I’ve always been into self-dramatization. I intend to live forever.”
Later that evening, he said “I hope we can do this again. I intend to stick around until 120.”
His time was shorter than the century mark. Seldom do we get to hear and are moved by someone with the passion, melody, and prose of a Leonard Cohen. Their music lives on, well past their time.
More of Leonard Cohen
- Leonard Cohen – Official Web Site
- Leonard Cohen – Wiki
- Performances & Interviews
- Leonard Cohen – MTV Page
- Chicago Tribune – Pictures
- Leonard Cohen Biography by Sylvie Simmons
- Leonard Cohen Tribute Page