Thursday, November 10, 2016

Death of Leonard Cohen

I just read on my blogging friend Robin's Instagram that Leonard Cohen has died. I feel so very sad about this. He has been a musical fixture in my life for nearly fifty years. I can't believe he is gone.

Last month I posted a photo of Hazel Nina and I walking and I quoted a line from Hey, That's No Way To Say Goodbye. I planned to put up a video of he and Judy Collins singing it. This was a meaningful song to Tom and I when we were kids because we were always being separated by school schedules and family responsibilities.

So now I shall post it in memory of, and in honor of, the wonderful Leonard Cohen.



You may read a very recent article in The New Yorker here.

16 comments:

  1. I was so sad to hear about Leonard Cohen's death. A friend and I were just talking about him the other day, and, like you, he has been a musical fixture in my life also. I remember introducing my Kiddo to him and it was instant love, but how could it not be.

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    1. I wonder if it was the same day we were talking about him. There was a recent New Yorker article on him. I think poor Jeff Buckley brought him popular fame. I love how priests have started singing Hallelujah at weddings, personalizing the words to the couple.

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  2. Love Leonard Cohen so much - a master of words and emotions. That song has a lot of meaning for me too, but in a very sad way. Glad you and your Tom's is happier.
    Thanks for the video.
    Mary

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    1. It wasn't happier then. We had constant partings for two years when we were young. I'm sorry about your memory.

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  3. I am embarrassed to say that I do not know Leonard Cohen's songs (except that I might have heard one or two over the years and not known they were Leonard Cohen songs). I can't explain why I am not familiar with the music of the last few decades. My only excuse is that I must have been dwelling in an alternate universe. I know NOTHING about contemporary (and by that I mean the last few decades) music. It's possible that I just stopped listening years ago and never noticed because I just didn't miss it. Things happen in life, you turn aside and begin looking for something else. Not saying I don't love music still, but I just never caught up with my contemporaries. Took another route.

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    1. You don't have to feel embarrassed. It wasn't a priority in your life for a while. But, you know what, it is always there waiting, Just like a book on a shelf.

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  4. I don't know Leonard Cohen well, but I understand the deep sadness you feel about someone so important to your development no longer being around. That's how I felt when Terry Pratchett passed away. Almost bereft, really.

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    1. It is so interesting, isn't it. How people we don't know in real life are so important to us. Many of my 'tributes' have been to such people.

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  5. I agree Nan, so sad, but what a wonderful legacy he left behind for us all to enjoy. I did like knowing he was in the world though and will miss that. I have been playing his 'Anthem' today. xx

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    1. You might like the New Yorker article, Carole.

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  6. I thought of you when I first read about his passing, Nan. It is such a sad, sad parting but a rich legacy of words.

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    1. I so like your words, Penny -"a rich legacy of words." That is very true.

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  7. Yes he wrote some great lyrics and had his own way of singing them.

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