Goodbye, Leonard

I’m feeling terribly old right now. Leonard Cohen died. He was a genius. I know, everyone is saying that. I wish I could think of something brilliant and profound that hasn’t already been said.

I discovered him in my 40’s and wondered how I had missed him all my life! I became hungry for his music. His deep, almost guttural voice touched something in me that I didn’t know existed. I suddenly understood groupies. I wanted to know him. Of course I knew that would never happen..I’m a realist, not a groupie. Oh but I loved listening to him sing! He was one of my favorites when I had to drive any distance. His songs made me think. And often ache with sadness.

Like now.

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5 responses to “Goodbye, Leonard

  1. Yes, there are some I put on repeat for miles and miles… terrible knowing he’s gone.

  2. katiewritesagain

    Used to think you could NOT wear out a CD…I have worn out Leonard Cohen CDs.
    “There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in, that’s how the light gets in.”
    That line has helped me through some very dark nights.

  3. There are some movies that make me cry, no matter how many times I see them. And there are some songs that do that, too. “Hallelujah” is one of them for me.
    Yes, we are getting older — and every time someone great passes, it is a reminder that we were just lucky to have been here during the same time they were. Sad to see him gone, but of course he will still always be with us.

  4. katiewritesagain

    Oh yes! And no matter how many other musicians cover that song (and there have been quite a few) there is still only the original Leonard Cohen that I think of when I hear it.

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