Moving tributes flood in for the late, great Leonard Cohen

Movie folk have taken to Twitter to express fondness for the Canadian poet.

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David Jenkins

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.

Published 11 Nov 2016

Tags: Leonard Cohen

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