Leonard Cohen, 1934-2016

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I can relate, bro.

I did my best, it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I tried to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come to fool you.
And even though it all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah.

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  1. goatherd  •  Nov 11, 2016 @3:04 pm

    He was the greatest. Discovering him and hearing his music was quite an epiphany.

  2. c u n d gulag  •  Nov 11, 2016 @4:01 pm

    Ditto, goatherd.

    On top of the kick in the private parts, and the death of any hope and unity that a t-RUMP presidency brings us, we lost a shiit-load of great musicians and artists.

    I’m left in turmoil…………….

  3. goatherd  •  Nov 11, 2016 @7:52 pm

    Back in my folkie days when I was playing coffee houses with a friend, it was the harder edged Dylan and Leonard Cohen that inspired us. I am a musician of very modest talents. But, there was a spirit that carried us along.

    I had the good fortune to visit Hydra, where Cohen lived for a few years. I would have moved there in a minute. One afternoon we were walking a sort of hemispherical path around the small port. A woman seeming in her sixties was a few meters in front of us. When we reached the water, she stripped off all of her clothes and leapt into the water for a swim. I loved that sense of freedom and connection with the natural world. Although now, being in my sixties myself, I am afraid I would have less admirable reasons for remembering the moment. What a wonderful adventure his life was. Maybe we are all “Beautiful Losers” in the end.

    I don’t mean any offense by relating this story. Things happened as they happened. This happened to me on Hydra. That is as it is.

  4. erinyes  •  Nov 12, 2016 @9:46 am

    This has been a bad week.