How to start… with Leonard Cohen

Being a Montrealer, I guess I’ll devote my first post to an immensely talented Montreal-born artist. Leonard Cohen is a novelist, a poet, and an incredible hypnotic singer and musician. If you have not heard anything from him yet, then you absolutely must. He is without question one of the best lyricists of all time. And the distinctive voice, the guitar, the overall beautiful and haunting experience… you won’t be dissapointed.

Because I was born in the late 70’s, the first Leonard Cohen song that I heard was “Everybody Knows”. It struck me, because it was a dark song, sung in a really deep voice. And it was playing at the opening of the 80’s movie “Pump up the volume”… (you’re all having quite the flashback now, aren’t you). I loved the song, but I had no idea then of the incredible music that this man had created before, in the 60’s and the 70’s: amazing songs like “Suzanne”, “Master Song”, “The Stranger Song”, “Teachers”, “So Long, Marianne”, “Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye”, or “Chelsea Hotel”. He also made wonderful music after this, like the classics “Hallelujah”, “I’m Your Man”, and “Tower of Song”, as well as “First We Take Manhattan”, and “The Future”. His beautiful and melancholic songs have been covered by many artists, including Peter Gabriel, The Pixies, R.E.M., Tori Amos, Suzanne Vega, and Willie Nelson, just to name a few. Forty years later, Leonard Cohen’s music remains fascinating, and timeless.

With that grand introduction, I’ll have to post some grand songs!

Advertisements