Singer/songwriter/poet/novelist Leonard Cohen departed this world yesterday, November 10, 2016, less than two months after his 82nd birthday. He was admired and famous enough that today the print and electronic media include numerous pieces remembering him and his work. I won’t add to that, except to say that in 2013 I posted some thoughts about a Leonard Cohen concert I saw with my brother Jim more than 40 years ago, when the singer was still a “youngster.” You can read it by clicking here.
March 27, 2013
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I first heard the music of Leonard Cohen on Judy Collins’ incredible album In My Life, which was released in 1967. She sang wonderful versions of “Dress Rehearsal Rag” and especially “Suzanne.” I did not know at the time that Cohen was an award winning Canadian poet and novelist, though I recognized that his songs showed a maturity and perspective that was missing from the popular music of the time. When his first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen, came out the following year, I bought a copy and played it over and over, memorizing the words and sharing it with all my friends.
Cohen’s second album, Songs from a Room, was released in the Fall of 1969. Continue reading