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Justin Trudeau “Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of Leonard Cohen”


Dorian Lynskey*2 “Leonard Cohen – he knew things about life, and if you listened you could learn”


When the chief executive of Columbia Records heard that A&R man John Hammond wanted to sign Cohen in 1967, he reportedly said: “A 32-year-old poet? Are you crazy?” But Hammond, who had launched Billie Holiday, Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin, didn’t give up. During the first recording session for Songs of Leonard Cohen, he shouted encouragement: “Watch out, Dylan!”

At the time, Bob Dylan was rock’n’roll’s pre-eminent poet. Cohen really was a poet but he wasn’t rock’n’roll. Steeped instead in literary discipline, French chanson and Jewish liturgy, his work suggested old-fashioned patience. To Dylan, a song was a lump of wet clay to be moulded before it sets fast; to Cohen it was a slab of marble to be chipped into shape with immense dedication and care. Cohen never stopped being a poet or lost his reverence for words. You’ll find some erratic musical choices in his back catalogue but not a single careless line; nothing disposable. Years later, he said he had only one piece of advice for young songwriters: “If you stick with a song long enough it will yield. But long enough is beyond any reasonable duration.” When you sense that a songwriter has spent that long finding the right words, the least you can do is pay attention.

Paul Muldoon, Martha Wainwright, and Ezra Furman “What Leonard Cohen means to me: 'He made me feel less heartbroken'”

Paul Muldoon*3アイルランドの詩人。Martha Wainwright *4はカナダのフォーク・シンガー。Ezra Furman*5は米国のシンガー・ソングライター