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Veertig vensters op Leonard Cohen.
[Gentle This Soul,
Forty Windows on Leonard Cohen}
Written by Frank Kazenbroot. In Dutch.
Publication Date: September 21, 2018
With photos from Wim van der Hulst.
Thanks to Frank Kazenbroot for the informationLeonard Cohen is his great source of inspiration. In his book Be kind to this soul, the writer Frank Kazenbroot opens forty windows on the spiritual and religious power of Cohen's poetry. He follows the poet-musician from his birth in 1934 until his death in 2016. Cohen remained faithful to the Jewish tradition in which he was born, but he also studied Christian, Buddhist and Hindu traditions. Cohen himself followed a mystical path and shared it with his audience through his songs. In his powerful texts, motifs from those old traditions are interwoven with the experiences of a man of this time. Secular and religious language go hand in hand in his songs through which themes such as love, sex, loneliness, pain, mercy, brokenness, God and desire begin to live again.
Famous songs are: Suzanne, Hallelujah, Anthem and You want it darker. This book also highlights lesser-known songs. The song the Window from 1979 has been given an important place in this book. It unites beautiful music with mystical poetry. The invitation from Cohen to love the soul of a broken person Gentle this soul has become the title of this book.