11 Nov 2016

So Long, Leonard. A Short Musical Tribute

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1934 - 2016
Leonard Cohen was ready to die. We knew, just as well as he did, that this was coming. But that doesn't make it any less sad. The master of erotic despair, Cohen's art eternally be remembered for its debauched romanticism, and raw, honest beauty. Much like Bowie's Blackstar, his last album You Want It Darker - title track especially - is the perfect omniscient sign off. "I'm ready, my lord" the Canadian growls, greeting death like an old friend. Leonard Cohen's one of my favourite singer-songwriters, and I don't have a huge amount more to say here other than my heart is just a tad broken right now.

Instead of giving you a long, autobiographical obituary, like you've seen all over twitter, instead, here's a number of sad songs, beautiful songs, songs that'll make you laugh and songs that'll make you cry (with a few very good cover versions thrown in there for good measure). There's also First We Take Manhattan, because what you've got to love about Leonard Cohen isn't just his portrayal of romantic sadness, but his self-aware sense of humour too.

I hope you'll love them like I do.

"There's a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

(Words: Cal Cashin)