"He's more or less on one side. I'm ready to die. I hope it's not too uncomfortable," Leonard Cohen said in a summer interview with his usual dry humor. But in the year that David Bowie and Prince robbed music lovers, the news of the departure of an 82-year-old Canadian songwriter was still a shock. The new album, released just a few weeks ago, was a farewell.
Leonard Norman Cohen CC GOQ was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, and novelist. His work explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and romantic relationships. Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
He has hinted several times lately that Leonard Cohen is no longer with us with his enchantingly deep voice and message. In the summer, the gloomy godfather of maestro said goodbye to his former darling, the Norwegian Marianne Ihlen, who was inspired by the songs "So Long, Marianne" and "Bird on a Wire". Cohen wrote a quick message when he heard that his former muse was suffering from cancer and weighing his soul.
"Well, Marianne, this time is now ... Our two bodies are crumbling and I believe I will follow you soon. I have always loved you for your beauty and wisdom, but I don't have to say anything else because you you know all of this ... Good time, old friend. Endless love! See you soon. "
Marianne, 81, died on July 29. According to relatives, he had received Cohen's e-mail a few days before his death, when his mind was still clear, and had developed peace of mind and strength. Leonard followed a former lover just over three months later.
The death news was posted to Cohen's Facebook page Thursday night. Although it was noted on social media that the legendary bard had died a day after Donald Trump became president of the United States ("Leonard knew when to leave the party!"), It was later revealed that the singer had actually died on November 7. Three weeks before he died, he had released his 14th studio album, "You Want It Darker," which critics called another masterpiece of pop music's longest-serving poet.
"What's really extraordinary is not that Cohen is still making records, but that they are just as rich, deep and powerful as ever," said the music critic of the British newspaper Telegraph, who said Cohen's tone of voice had been mutilated between defeat and defiance.
"His reflections on life have gained more pain and urgency."
Beginning as an Allen Ginsberg-style poet and also successful with his debut novel, Cohen released his first record in 1967 - at that time an old-fashioned 33-year-old. Many will be surprised that this chic and stoic gentleman, whose every word was a gem, suffered for years from a terrible anxiety that could not be tempered by alcohol and drugs. Leonard only overcame rampant fever with years of Buddhist meditation.
He was charmingly hostile: a devout Jew and a Buddhist monk who spent most of the 1990s in a California monastery. The singer, who has been dying since his early career, was at the same time a legendary female man who had been testing the hints of a hypnosis textbook at the age of 13. Effects - the woman peeled off her clothes.
Poet-philosopher Cohen's comments drove the audience into laughter. The lifelong ability to turn wisdom into heart-wrenching words became particularly evident when Leonard was already staring to death, but he still wrote songs and gave interviews. Between 2008 and 2013, he had endlessly toured with health ailments, as former business manager Kelley Lynch had stolen his pension fund.
"I'm ready to die," Cohen said in an interview with a New Yorker reporter at his Los Angeles home this summer. He was already quite sick at the time, but still adhered to life-long mode: he woke up before dawn, wrote, recorded songs in his living room, which became the last album. I don't know how many things I can do yet, because at this stage of my life I feel enormous fatigue ... Sometimes I just have to lie down. I can't play the instrument anymore and my back can't hold it anymore. But spiritual things - baruch Hashem, thank goodness - are in place. I am extremely grateful for that. "
"Dad left his Los Angeles home calmly knowing he had completed a record he named one of his best," said Adam Cohen, the father of the album's producer, according to EXE News.
"He wrote with his extraordinary sense of humor even in the final moments."
With Cohen's news of death, social media soon filled with heartfelt words. The singer was mourned by singers, writers, poets and statesmen. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau posted two messages on Twitter, first in French and then in English: "No other artist's music seemed or sounded like Leonard Cohen's music. Yet his work echoed through the generations. Canada and the world are missing him."
He then quoted one of Trudeau Cohen's most famous songs, "Hallelujah" (1984), which took five years to be written and interpreted by hundreds of other singers, most notably Jeff Buckley. "There is a blaze of light in every word / It holy or broken Hallelujah" - "There is a flash of light in every word, it does not matter which one you heard, whether sacred or broken 'hallelujah'."
Leonard Cohen was a loving stepfather to Marianne Ihlen's son Axel. In a love affair with Los Angeles-based artist Suzanne Elrod, she gave birth to a son, Adam, in 1972, and two years later to a daughter named Cohen, after the poet Federico Garcia Lorca, named Lorca.
However, Cohen's hit "Suzanne" is more inspired by Suzanne Verdal, a close friend of close friend Quandec's sculptor Armand Vaillancourt. Musician and songwriter Adam has a son Cassius, a photographer and video artist Lorcal's daughter Viva, who intertwine two musician dynasties: the biological father of the five-year-old girl is the world-famous Canadian gay singer Rufus Wainwright. In a recent interview, Cohen was delighted that Lorca and Viva were living in the same house as her, with Adam a few blocks away.