Sunday, September 21, 2008

Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen!

Today it's Leonard Cohen's birthday! His music helped me get through many tough and often lonely moments in my life, and his work has always demonstrated to me the importance of doing my own personal best to create challenging verse and ideas.

When we look at his body of work, even when he signs about love, romance, and all of the things you'd think a singer is supposed to sing about, he brings a thoughtful, brutally honest approach to presenting the real challenges of intimacy and relationships. We might well look to songs of his like "Bird on a Wire" or "Last Year's Man" or "Chelsea Hotel" for a good example of this. A love song from Leonard Cohen is always so much more than "that".

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