Leonard Cohen: The Fallen Poet

 

Leonard Cohen, the influential singer-songwriter whose music has resonated through a society for over 50 years, has died. Cohen’s label, Sony Music Canada, confirmed his death on the singer’s Facebook page.

 

 

The beauty of Cohen was not in any flashy production or great musical technique, it was in his relatability. One of the most covered artists of all time, Cohen’s writing resonated within so many people’s hearts and minds. I dare you to find a song that doesn’t tap into your humanity.

 

 

Cohen is living proof that a voice can be heard if the words it speaks are dignified and true. He was an inspiration to those without the blessing of a beautiful voice or alluring charisma; Cohen transcends the somewhat superficial music industry of today.

 

 

Lastly, some words from the title track of his last album, released just weeks before his passing.

“Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name
Vilified, crucified, in the human frame
A million candles burning for the love that never came
You want it darker
We kill the flame

If you are the dealer, let me out of the game
If you are the healer, I’m broken and lame
If thine is the glory, mine must be the shame
You want it darker

Hineni, hineni
Hineni, hineni
I’m ready, my lord”

With this album, Cohen received rave reviews, however, amidst rumours of poor health, told the New Yorker magazine that “I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”

He later clarified he was “exaggerating.”

“I’ve always been into self-dramatization.” … “I intend to live forever.”

words by Vishal Gossain

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