Thursday, November 17, 2016

Lost And Found

Three major, major figures in the world of music dying in the same year: Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. Two of them, astonishingly, finding songs to sing almost in the presence of the Reaper.

Strange how natural it seems to refer to the third of our triumvirate as Leonard, almost as if he'd somehow become a friend across all those albums. I started with Songs of Love and Hate a long time ago. Even learnt to play Famous Blue Raincoat on guitar, that being probably the most complex song I ever managed. Brilliant lyric. One of the several perfectly achieved songs in his considerable canon.

To which we can now add the darkly dazzling and profoundly moving You Want It Darker. What a way to bow out.

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