Sunday, November 27, 2016

Leonard Cohen - Thank you

Leonard Cohen died on November 7, 2016.

Leonard Cohen lived on poetry, music and love …

I had the privilege to see him in a live performance here in Montreal (his home town) almost four years ago to the day.  There was thunderous applause when he sang his amazing song “Hallellujah” and added a word as shown below:

“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 home 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.”

I am consistently moved by Leonard Cohen’s songs more than any other poet/singer.  His music evokes emotions of love and longing but also joy.  

As a Montrealer, I am privileged to be able to easily go to his house and his gravesite.  I visited these two places recently and took these photographs.

“And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China …” lyrics from “Suzanne”

"Hineni" is said to mean "Here I am" 
and is repeated in his song "You Want It Darker".

A beautiful rose in the fog and cold.

Thank you dear Leonard for your generosity in sharing your gift with all of us.