In a world that is more divided than ever, one which is currently hurting greatly and finding it difficult to come together; we have yet been hit by more heartache. On Leonard Cohen’s official social media page, we were given the news of his passing.
“It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away,” read the post on his Facebook page.
During a year that has been full of musical tragedies, it has been especially difficult to cope with this one. Now Leonard to me represents the every man of music. Someone who wasn’t blessed with conventional music gifts. But he used what he had to the greatest of his abilities and is responsible for some of the best music ever to be written.
For me, I cite him as a huge influence behind my own lyricism and written work. He could effortlessly balance emotion so well, that just one of his songs, could give a different feeling dependent on your situation. What I’m trying to say here, is that he could create a track, that meant something different to each individual listener; he was a master of wordsmithing and intelligent phrasing.
Many will probably remember the Canadian singer for his gruff voice or his lyricism, or his poetry, or his performance skills and that’s what makes him so brilliant as an artist. To be remembered for many different aspects of musicality is one hell of an achievement.
The guy was timeless, no matter what the decade was, he could release an album and everyone would listen to it. That takes real musical ability. This has led him to inspiring two to three generations worth of musicians; to me that is just a pipe dream, but he really did it.
On this day, whilst everyone is divided, I’d like us all to come together just to show some support and respect. He did so much for us, so I think it’s about right that we paid him this moment.
Rest in peace, Leonard Cohen 1934 – 2016