So sad, I still can’t really believe that the legendary Leonard Cohen has passed away. When I first saw it written on my Facebook news feed, I did a double-take… “there’s no way”, I thought to myself. He was such a talented poet, songwriter, singer… he really was quite the triple threat, as they say. Ever since hearing his masterpiece Hallelujah back in the days of The O.C., I have been hooked. Not only because the scene it was played in was really heart-wrenching, but also because this song really caught my attention. There was something so special about all of his songs, so much meaning to them. It’s not often that songs really make you think while listening to them, it was always an honour to hear his voice. Also, such a soothing voice, wow! On a different note, my parents divorced when I was young, so the child inside me is always so happy when they find some common ground, wherever possible. Well, it turns out that Leonard Cohen was one of these areas of common ground. Both my mom and dad love him and his music, both own CD’s and DVD’s of his work. This always makes me happy. So, thank you, Mr. Cohen, for warming my heart and fulfilling this little wish inside me. He could never know how much his work meant to me. The world is really losing a legend, but both his memory and his music will live on forever.
In 2010, Cohen performed at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland. He explained that his tour had begun three years before, back when he “was 73, just a kid with a crazy dream”. – Leonard Cohen
UPDATE POSTED NOVEMBER 17TH – link to an article about his death