Leonard Cohen's gone but his legacy remains

LIKE millions of Leonard Cohen fans universally, I was very flat when I heard that he'd died; thinking about the reviews of his last album "You Want it Darker” (released on October 21) and comments included "ever growing”, "still changing”, "still full of life”, which shows us that reviewers are not psychics.

When Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature this year, Leonard Cohen, friend and fellow song-writer, compared it to pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.

Bob Dylan spoke to the New Yorker about his good friend's death: "When people talk about Leonard, they fail to mention his melodies, which to me, along with his lyrics, are his greatest genius ... as far as I know, no one else comes close to this in modern music”.

I've been listening to Leonard Cohen and it seemed fitting to play some of Bob Dylan's earlier stuff as well - a trip down memory lane.

"You Want It Darker” is poetic and powerful and certainly darker. He's telling us that he's ready to go.

He was a musician, a poet, a philosopher, a singer, a legend and maybe we should add psychic: he knew it was time.

Vale Leonard Cohen.


Alexandra Headland

Topics:  leonard cohen letters opinion

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