2016…the year that music died. We lost another legendary singer/songwriter and one whose career spanned decades. Leonard Cohen has passed away at the age of 82, which was confirmed by his label, Sony Music Canada. He just released his 14th studio album a few weeks ago, You Want It Darker. At least he went out doing what he loved, like what Bowie did. I never really got into his music (at least not yet) but knew he was extremely influential with people and immensely talented. This year just sucks.
Rolling Stone wrote:
Cohen was the dark eminence among a small pantheon of extremely influential singer-songwriters to emerge in the Sixties and early Seventies. Only Bob Dylan exerted a more profound influence upon his generation, and perhaps only Paul Simon and fellow Canadian Joni Mitchell equaled him as a song poet. Cohen’s haunting bass voice, nylon-stringed guitar patterns, Greek-chorus backing vocals shaped evocative songs that dealt with love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression. He was also the rare artist of his generation to enjoy artistic success into his Eighties, releasing his final album, You Want It Darker, earlier this year.
Huffington Post wrote:
Throughout his career, Cohen wore his heart on his sleeve, never shying away from talking, writing or singing about life, sexuality, spirituality or death.
Cohen spoke candidly to The New Yorker last month about his “proximity to death.”
“I’ve got some work to do,” he told David Remnick. “Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”
During a listening party last month in Los Angeles, however, Cohen backpedaled on those comments.
“I said I was ready to die recently, and I think that was exaggerating,” he said, drawing laughs. “One is given to self-dramatization from time to time. I intend to live forever.”