Leonard Has Passed Away

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Post by santacruzzer » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:11 pm

Three cheers to you Mr. Cohen. Thank you all you gave me and your fans in the recent years. You made a difference in our lives. You are neither gone nor forgotten.
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Post by Deena » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:14 pm

I am thankful that...

Leonard was on this earth
I was on this earth at the same time
his poetry deepened my appreciation of poetry
his music has touched my soul for 40 years
I was able to see him perform many times
he made me laugh as well as cry
he has touched so many hearts
he has joined the infinite
he made a difference
he once smiled at me
he is a shining light
so many love him
this forum exists
nothing is lost
I am crying


Love and condolences to all who read this

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Post by santacruzzer » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:17 pm

Three cheers to you Mr. Cohen. Thank you for all you gave on your most recent tours. I can't imagine you were whole after giving so much, but, rest assured, the people gained much. You are neither gone nor forgotten. Sail on!
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Post by Dansbalans » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:22 pm

The first time I listened to Leonard Cohen was some time after his first record had been released. He was still unknown in Finland, and the record was not on sale here. This one was ordered through the post.
Since that day he has interpreted life, and my life, for me, making my life richer.
Thank you, Mr Cohen, and rest in peace.
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Post by Goldin » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:23 pm

Thank you for bringing some light in the darker world.
Rest in peace.
And thank you, thank you again and again, for living your life the way you did, for making the things that help us. We will love you forever.
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Post by bwh » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:29 pm

still pushing Sisyphus
all night long
all life long
sweating the big and small
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Post by Mollydog » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:31 pm

Leonard tried to warn us and soften the blow but I still couldn't believe that he would leave. It is impossible at the moment to comprehend a world without Leonard. He has been part of my life since I was seventeen. His words and music have helped me through some difficult times throughout the years and his concerts were such joyous experiences.

Thank you Leonard for being such an inspiration. My deepest condolences to Adam, Lorca, his grandchildren, friends and my fellow Cohenites.

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Post by ines_nf » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:32 pm

Thank you dear Leonard Cohen.
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Post by bwh » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:34 pm

the national film board short doc called 'poen' is a very moving piece the text is a prose poem from the novel Beautiful Losers... you will be impressed and moved if you don't know this poem... in thinking about this the title and its turn on the words 'poem' and 'cohen' is now very appropriate...
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Post by dick » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:35 pm

The good news:
We'll keep hearing from him long after he 's gone.

Deepest sympathy for Adam and Lorca.

Dick and Linda

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Post by carlowmike » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:36 pm

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Post by captrenault » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:42 pm

Leonard has been a most profound influence on my life, since age 13. I am 42 now. He is the third most formative influence on me, after my parents. I cannot overstate his importance.

Yet -- I know that I do not know the real Leonard. He wears many masks. In his poetry, he reveals himself, yet does not. In his novels, he is autobiographical, but remains hidden. In his songs, he gives so much of himself that they become universal, and do not give anything of the man himself in particular. In his interviews, he quotes himself. And still I know him and love him and feel him deep within me at the core of my being.

I shook his hand once, and was so profoundly shaken by it that I cannot remember it at all. I remember all the circumstances surrounding it, the setting, the people around us, our little chat, but around my hand there remains a globe of blankness -- I was overcome.

But for all of that, I am certain of one thing, of one experience of knowing the real Leonard. I am certain of one point of connectivity, to me, and to us all.

In the early eighties, Leonard was down on his luck, and decidedly out of fashion. He filmed a half hour video of some of his recent songs, and of his better known songs. It is called I Am A Hotel. In it, he plays a long-term resident of an old, worn Grand Dame hotel. It is the King Edward in Toronto. It is a defunct ballroom, long closed.

The video largely draws from what I consider the two great pillars of his career -- Death of a Ladies' Man, and Recent Songs. The former is monumental, produced by Phil Spector and typical of Phil's Wall of Sound. That album goes everywhere and anywhere, a cry responding to Leonard's divorce. The latter is sparse and elemental, responding to the death of Leonard's mother, giving her an album she would have liked most.

In that half hour video, Leonard sings 'Memories'. It is a tribute to those glorious slow dances in the gym. He dances close, the band is playing Stardust. He longs to see her naked body.

It is in that song that I think I see the real Leonard, in two places. He joyously skips to the music. He coyly opens the door to the young lovers. He is acting a role, of being an agent to love, but it is in that role that he fully reveals himself. He is that agent to love and beauty. He escorts it to us, he allows it into our lives, for us to realize.

Studying Leonard is a life-long occupation, and I am not nearly done yet. He gives us truth at every turn, upon each listening. There are always more diamonds in the mine, despite his claims. I will keep going back again and again and again.

Yet for all of his music, for all of his words, nothing is so joyous and authentic as that skip. He is a happy man at core, celebrating life, and inviting us to do the same.

Tonight is painful. Exceptionally painful. But Leonard is so much of life, holds the door open for life, allows love and life to pass through, that this pain will not last. There is simply too much beauty, so much light. Leonard is simply its doorman, allowing the way.

Godspeed, Lenny.
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Post by MarieM » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:45 pm

The beautiful profile by David Remnick in the New Yorker is now an audio piece. It is exquisite. It includes an interview with Leonard.

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Post by gary@ericsunwest.com » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:48 pm

Never have and never will again be connected emotionally and spiritually to a person, artist, poet, musician as I have by Leonard Cohen. The legacy he has left will help to soften the sadness and pain of his passing on.
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Post by stephencharlton » Fri Nov 11, 2016 5:49 pm

RIP Leonard Cohen. Thank-you for writing the songbook of my life.
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