Today for some odd reason, probably because it's spring, I'm thinking of Leonard Cohen. So I'd like to share some thoughts I have about this wonderfully "real" man. Both Leonard and Irving Layton mean so much to me, a young Canadian growing up in the 70s and looking up to them wide eyed. So I'd like to talk about him and also ask you - What's your favorite Leonard Cohen moment, video, song? Let's honor the guy before the worms do.... My own fav. is Dance me to the end of love. Love the poem, love the song...
He spoke to me, so intelligently, with such power. Leonard's words were like deep bursting neutrino's - full of dark matter and energy, massive energy. Unlike Dylan, it didn't come easy to him - he once met Dylan, very late along both's career paths, in Paris backstage after a Dylan concert. Leonard Cohen asked him "Hey, I really love your song, "I want you". How long did it take to write? " Dylan said he wrote it in the shower and recorded it later that day. Dylan asked, "Man, I think that song, "The Law" is so cool. How long did it take you to write?" Cohen replied, "about 2 years". There is a lot of truth on both accounts in that anecdote.
In this classic NFB film, Cohen talks even then in the 60s, about his search for self - each day trying to find grace and peace within. His own Buddhism really shamed all those who in Hollywood searched out Buddha with a spotlight. He went about in his own way, on this path of truth. Watch the vid and see/hear so much TRUTH.
And then there is Suzanne! This report shows the woman behind Suzanne, an actual older woman and love of Leonard. She now lives in a car in California.......still a bohemian like in Cohen's poem. Here's a great interview with her. But what a song.......Now back to my book (Book of Longing), his later writings I got from my mother last year and I'm now picking up in hope and search of TRUTH. Thanks Leonard!
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