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RIP Leonard Cohen


Another giant passes away. 2016 is such a sucky year.

He had better songs (new album is fantastic), but Famous Blue Raincoat has always been my favorite:



Yet another legend gone.


My wife just discovered him thanks to a podcast about “Hallelujah”. Sad news, though not entirely unexpected. Rest In Peace.


An eloquent and massively talented musician. I was very moved by this recent letter to his dying muse Marianne Ihlen:

[quote]Mollestad, a documentary maker, read Cohen’s letter to her before she died. “It said well Marianne it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.

“And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”

Mollestad told CBC that when he read the line “stretch out your hand,” Ihlen stretched out her hand. “Only two days later she lost consciousness and slipped into death. I wrote a letter back to Leonard saying in her final moments I hummed Bird on a Wire because that was the song she felt closest to. And then I kissed her on the head and left the room, and said “so long, Marianne.”[/quote]



2016 has sucked.


This post would be appropriate in so many threads here…US News, UK News, News from Elsewhere, Obituaries, Movies…