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RIP Leonard Cohen


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Leonard Cohen CC GOQ

Born 21 September 1934 (age 82) Westmount, Quebec, Canada

Died 10 November 2016 (age 82)

Genres Folk soft rock

Occupation(s) Musician singer songwriter poet novelist painter

 

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Wow... didn't know he was in his 80's.

 

I have had a bit of interest in him because Neil Larsen had been in his band ( on Hammond, possibly still using an M-3) recently, and I am a huge fan of Neil. I thought it was a little odd that Neil was doing this, but the Leonard Cohen gig was apparently fairly lucrative so that might explain it.

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I have had a bit of interest in him because Neil Larsen had been in his band ( on Hammond, possibly still using an M-3) recently, and I am a huge fan of Neil. I thought it was a little odd that Neil was doing this, but the Leonard Cohen gig was apparently fairly lucrative so that might explain it.

 

http://cohencentric.com/2015/07/09/neil-larsen-the-impeccable-nearly-invisible-leonard-cohen-world-tour-keyboardist-part-1/ has a pretty funny take on his presence in that band.

 

It seemed to be an extraordinarily well-reviewed tour.

 

Leonard Cohen's been keeping me good company in my home office today.

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I've heard there was a secret chord

That David played, and it pleased the Lord

But you don't really care for music, do ya?

It goes like this:

The fourth, the fifth

The minor fall and the major lift

The baffled king composing Hallelujah...

 

Where like noboddy else he made lyrics and chords go hand in hand....

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Probably first became aware of him through a somewhat unexpected source: Roberta Flack (the aforementioned "Suzanne", from her "Killing Me Softly" album). I was intrigued about this songwriter, not knowing he was also a performer until years later when I started coming across other material by him.

 

Yes, he wrote a lot of real poetry and not just song lyrics, which is why many felt he was more deserving of the Nobel than Dylan. Even Dylan himself considered himself indebted to Cohen and praised him to no end.

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I didn't post it at the time because I wasn't sure and didn't have time to look it up, but my first exposure was actually slightly earlier, but the same performer, as Roberta Flack covered "Hey, That's No Way to Say Goodbye" on one of her first couple of albums. It moved me deeply, in a way that no song had before it.

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