My first exposure to LC's music was in the summer of 1972. I was finishing up college then, and one evening visited a friend's apartment, there were four of us there. At some point he put on "a new album he had just bought," one that he felt was interesting and "very different." Of course it was "Songs of Love and Hate," so I assume the first LC song I heard was that album's first track, "Avalanche." That day in June/July of 1972 started my affinity to LC's music (later to be augmented by an affinity to the man himself and all of his many accomplishments). To this day, "Avalanche" remains one of my very favorite LC songs.
To close the circle, let me add this: Like many on this forum I lost track of LC only to rediscover him in the late 2000's. That rediscovery led to a decision to attend one of the 2010 Las Vegas concerts (a big mistake was not getting tickets to BOTH concerts, but that is another matter), and it made me wonder if the person who, so many years before, introduced me to LC's music was still a fan--or even alive, for that matter. I hadn't had any contact with this old friend for more than 30 years, but managed to locate him through the internet. It turned out that he too had lost touch of LC and his music, but when I told him that the final concert tour dates included Oakland (which is not far from where he lives), he decided to reconnect, and he attended one of the Oakland concerts with his wife, daughter, and son-in-law. So in a way, I feel I have at least partially repaid him for making me aware of Mr. Leonard Cohen!
2010 DECEMBER 10 - CAESARS COLOSSEUM, LAS VEGAS / 2012 SEPTEMBER 28 - L'OLYMPIA, PARIS
2012 OCTOBER 3 - PALAU SANT JORDI, BARCELONA / 2012 DECEMBER 13 - K-ROCK CENTRE, KINGSTON
2013 APRIL 6 - RADIO CITY MUSIC HALL, NEW YORK CITY / 2013 JULY 9 - PIAZZA NAPOLEONE, LUCCA