Leonard Cohen is one of the leading musicians whose work inspires my own poetry and writing. Born on September 21st, 1934, he continues to create music and write in a variety of genres. I was first introduced to his work through the tribute album I'm Your Fan, followed up by getting his actual 1988 collection, I'm Your Man in 1991.
I'd heard of him during high school through a compelling article in the Ann Arbor News, and thought it was a really distinctive style and way of phrasing the various experiences of his world. I think there was also something that resonated with me about that picture of him just holding a banana. But thanks for all of the great songs, Mr. Cohen, and here's wishing you many more!