Dear 2016 – what have we done to you to make you despise us so? Just when you think the litany of pain could not extend any further, Leonard Cohen dies. One of the great, unheralded confessional singer-songwriters of modern times, he achieved that rare feat of not producing a single album that you could describe as out-and-out duff. Right up to his most recent longplayer, 2016’s You Want It Darker, the old magic was still very much present and correct.
His lyrics had a visceral, cinematic quality to them – he could conjure a vivid image with just a few beautifully sequenced words. And even though you may not realise it, everyone knows and loves a Leonard Cohen song, even if it maybe wasn’t a version performed by the great man himself. We’re off to listen to I’m Your Man on loop for the rest of the weekend. In the meantime, it’s nice to see the public outpouring of love arrived like clockwork, with film and music folk expressing their loss with a variety of poetic sentiments.
“Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld.” – Kurt Cobain, from his last written words
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 11, 2016
Very sad news to wake up to today. Leonard Cohen, a poet & songwriter of THE most incredible lyrics & melodies. https://t.co/GdNk2PDlkV
— Luke Evans (@TheRealLukevans) November 11, 2016
“I was born like this I had no choice… I was born with the gift of a golden voice.” https://t.co/wCkeyQub3R
— Josh Radnor (@JoshRadnor) November 11, 2016
RIP Leonard Cohen.. Your music has moved me, changed me and inspired my work since I can remember. Thank you.
— Emily VanCamp (@EmilyVanCamp) November 11, 2016
RIP Leonard Cohen. Ugh. It feels pointed, this death. It’s making us remember songs like Come Healing which is a good one for these days
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) November 11, 2016
— mia farrow (@MiaFarrow) November 11, 2016
A brilliant Canadian artist passed today. Leonard Cohen, rest in peace. Hallelujah.
— Kiefer Sutherland (@RealKiefer) November 11, 2016
Oh god, Leonard Cohen is gone.
— John Cho (@JohnTheCho) November 11, 2016
Dear Leonard Cohen, thanks for the quiet nights, the reflection, the perspective, the wry smiles and the truth #towerofsong
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) November 11, 2016
Leonard Cohen has died. Another magical voice stilled.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 11, 2016
RIP Leonard Cohen. Thank you for you dedication to music, & writing one of my favorite songs to sing “Hallelujah”. https://t.co/JsTjNmmarC
— Jennifer Hudson (@IAMJHUD) November 11, 2016
Leonard Cohen gone? I didn’t think this week could get any worse.
— Molly Ringwald (@MollyRingwald) November 11, 2016
“I remember you well, in the Chelsea hotel, you were famous- your heart was a legend…” see you on the other side Leonard Cohen.
— Adam Savage (@donttrythis) November 11, 2016
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