|Leonard Cohen RIP
||[Nov. 12th, 2016|11:40 am]
He placed himself a hundred floors below Hank Williams but I think that was unduly modest of him. He was a true poet and wrote lines that scald. It was an interesting life and he sang every part of it. I don't think he's left us, really- just moved to that tower down the track.|
'Myself I long for love and light,
But must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?'
A master of language. Dylan's equal- but so very different.
I've seen some argue that Cohen should've received the Nobel rather than Dylan. It'd be a hugely difficult task to separate their worth - both seem admirably well qualified, though as I recall, Nobel prizes can't be awarded posthumously.
And then Robert Vaughn, too, gone at 83. Maybe not as much of a worldwide cultural influence, but still, he'll long be remembered as The Man from UNCLE, not to mention the wise, highly experienced figure of Hustle.
Dylan is protean and prolific, Cohen was very meticulous. They could hardly be more different. The Academy chose the right one, I think, but Cohen would have been a worthy winner too.
I loved The Man From Uncle.
I think his every increasing spirit energy finally exploded from the human suit he was wearing and yes, he's kinda bouncing around totally free now. One of my favorite singer/story tellers.
That's a good way of putting it. He's one of my favourites too. I played my copy of his first album to death back in 1970.
I got started on his music at a young age too. :)
I was the right age, in my late teens- when Cohen first came on the scene.
I remember a school friend- who is now a bishop and might not want to be reminded of it- telling us that he'd read that "he (Cohen) treats a woman's body like an altar" and all of us going, "Wow."
I think he was raised Jewish,right? From what I've been told, the rules for the treatment of women are pretty much that way across the board with Jewish men. I did a big job for a local Shul and learned quite a bit about that while I was there. A Jewish friend told me that Jewish men are actually prohibited from orgasm until after their female partner is satisfied and there are apparently a lot of rules for the careful treatment of females. Some may see that as misogynistic, I thought it was kind of sweet in the way they practiced it. Not the religion for a feminist woman (which Is a box I don't fit in) but sweet nevertheless.
Yes, he was Jewish. It permeates his work I think.
I can attest that his songs are used in synagogue services. My own women's choir sings "Who By Fire" at Rosh HaShona services. A friend's choir just sang "Hallelujah" at her Reform (Liberal) temple.
I'm not surprised. I think those songs would fit right in to a liturgical framework.