It is hard to admit that Leonard Cohen has died when he has essentially been the soundtrack for your life, in many ways, for so many years.
Yes, Sadly, Leonard Cohen has Died
I first encountered Leonard Cohen in 1994, via the Natural Born Killers movie soundtrack.”Waiting for a Miracle” and “The Future” grabbed me and forced me to pay attention, and he has been with me, more or less, ever since.
Somewhat related, my gf at the time went and saw Jeff Buckley that year, and “Hallelujah” was often played around the house (albeit, the Jeff Buckley version). My Godmother, @vamparrot, sent me an album of his, out of the blue, for no reason.
During the implosion of the original Second Citizen, “Everybody Knows” was a recurring theme because of the “sneaky” back channel way everything went down.
Even though I never sought him out, him and his music followed me around throughout my life. As recently as 2014, Phish encored with “Is This What You Wanted,” for the first and only time ever, on Halloween night. It played an influential part in my life in a big way. @imaya was there.
Think I am making up that Cohens music has stalked ME throughout my life (for the better)?
For instance, during a very critical period of change in my life, guess who showed up in person and serenaded me. Check out these 2 blog posts from 2009, where I explained the crazy thing that happened that April day and why they ewere so important to me.
Life After Leonard
So now what? Leonard Cohen has died. What do we do now, after we are done mourning?
I recently had the good fortune to see Bob Dylan again at Desert Trip. The same location I saw Leonard Cohen. And during the week after, Dylan won the Nobel prize, then didn’t respond. Cohen responded about Dylan potentially blowing off the Nobel Prize about a month ago, he said, and I quote:
“To me, [the award] is like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.”
So yeah, Leonard Cohen has died. I blame Trump.
Seriously, Rest in Peace, my friend. Thanks for being there for me.