This morning I heard on BBC London the sad news of Leonard Cohen’s passing. I spent a bit of time reading about him and I stumbled on a quite recent interview on New Yorker where he declared:
I am ready to die, I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.
Last July, he heard the news of Marianne’s illness right before her death. Marianne was his muse and partner for 8 years. She died of cancer a few days later but not before she received a message from him.
Well Marianne, it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine. And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.
Confined in his house (due to sever back-pain) he recorded his last album You Want it Darker. Always dark, always melancholic; but we loved his songs so much. One of his most covered songs is Hallelujah, but my favorite is Dance Me to the End of Love.
At some point he lived on the island of Hydra where he wrote Bird on a Wire from his album Songs from a Room. In this video you get to see that room in Hydra and Marianne sitting on a chair in that room.
In many photos he has a very close resemblance to Al Pacino and especially to the character of Michael from the original Godfather, and due to those photos you think you know him. But no; it’s his novels and his poetry that will reveal who he is.
He gave loved, he got love, he wrote, he sang, he did the whole Sex, Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll in his own way. He lived his life in full. RIP Leonard Cohen.