Son to Father


Guardian music “Leonard Cohen's son Adam pays heartfelt tribute to his father”


The Canadian songwriter died on 7 November, with the news made public four days later following a private funeral in Montreal. Stars including Bob Dylan, Lana Del Rey and Chris Martin have all paid tribute to the iconic musician, and now Cohen’s son has released his own message*3.

Writing on Facebook, he said: “My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked. As I write this I’m thinking of my father’s unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work. There’s so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time.”

Cohen went on to thank his father for providing comfort, wisdom and “dazzling wit and humour”. As a musician himself, who released the album We Go Home in 2014, Adam also thanked his father for inspiring him to pursue songwriting: “I’d thank him for music; first for his music which seduced me as a boy, then for his encouragement of my own music, and finally for the privilege of being able to make music with him. Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father.”