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Leonard Norman Cohen - a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist - was born on 21 September 1934 in Westmount, Quebec, an English-speaking area of Montreal, into a middle-class Jewish family. His mother, Marsha (Masha) Klonitsky, was the daughter of a Talmudic writer, Rabbi Solomon Klonitsky-Kline, of Lithuanian Jewish ancestry. His paternal grandfather, whose family had emigrated from Poland, was Lyon Cohen, founding president of the Canadian Jewish Congress. His father, Nathan Cohen, who owned a substantial clothing store, died when Cohen was 9 years old. On the topic of ''being a Kohen'', Cohen has said that ''I had a very Messianic childhood''. He told Richard Goldstein in 1967, ''I was told I was a descendant of Aaron, the high priest''.
Leonard Norman Cohen, CC GOQ (born 21 September 1934) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, painter, poet, and novelist. His work has explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen has been inducted into both the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also a Companion of the Order of Canada, the nation's highest civilian honor. In 2011, Cohen received a Princess of Asturias Awards for literature. The critic Bruce Eder assessed Cohen's overall career in popular music by asserting that [he is] one of the most fascinating and enigmatic … singer/songwriters of the late '60s … [and] has retained an audience across four decades of music-making.... Second only to Bob Dylan (and perhaps Paul Simon) [in terms of influence], he commands the attention of critics and younger musicians more firmly than any other musical figure from the 1960s who is still working at the outset of the 21st century. His second novel, Beautiful Losers (1966) , received attention from the Canadian press and was considered controversial because of a number of sexually graphic passages. The Academy of American Poets has commented more broadly on Cohen's overall career in the arts, including his work as a poet, novelist, and songwriter, stating that Cohen's successful blending of poetry, fiction, and music is made most clear in 'Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs', published in 1993, which gathered more than 200 of Cohen's poems … several novel excerpts, and almost 60 song lyrics... While it may seem to some that Leonard Cohen departed from the literary in pursuit of the musical, his fans continue to embrace him as a Renaissance man who straddles the elusive artistic borderlines. [from Wikipedia]
You got me singing even though the news is bad You got me singing the only song I ever had You got me singing even though it all looks grim You got me singing the halalujah hymn
I am almost the same age as the great Mr. Cohen and have followed his work for many years. To my mind he is one of the greatest poets/lyricists of the last 100 years. Thank you Leonard. An inspiration!
You came to me this morning And you handled me like meat You'd have to be a man to know How good that feels how sweet My mirror twin my next of kin I'd know you in my sleep And who but you would take me in A thousand kisses deep I loved you when you opened Like a lily to the heat I'm just another snowman Standing in the rain and sleet Who loved you with his frozen love His second-hand physique With all he is and all he was A thousand kisses deep I know you had to lie to me I know you had to cheat To pose all hot and high behind The veils of sheer deceit Our perfect porn aristocrat So elegant and cheap I'm old but I'm still into that A thousand kisses deep And I'm still working with the wine Still dancing cheek to cheek The band is playing Auld Lang Syne The heart will not retreat I ran with Diz and Dante I never had their sweep But once or twice they let me play A thousand kisses deep The autumn slipped across your skin Got something in my eye A light that doesn't need to live And doesn't need to die A riddle in the book of love Obscure and obsolete Till witnessed here in time and blood A thousand kisses deep I'm good at love I'm good at hate It's in between I freeze Been working out but it's too late It's been too late for years But you look fine you really do The pride of Boogie Street Somebody must have died for you A thousand kisses deep I loved you when you opened Like a lily to the heat I'm just another snowman Standing in the rain and sleet But you don't need to hear me now And every word I speak It counts against me anyhow A thousand kisses deep.
Good Evening, How are you? Longback, we were in contact of messaging by our poetry, I received some messages and comments from you on my poetry. Shall I include your name and E-mail in my friend's list, for invitation of my poetry. I hope you will send your E-mail. Thank You, Dr.M.Swaroopa Rani M.A., Ph.D.
I don't know how I made it into my 40's before discovering Leonard Cohen's awe-inspiring work. When I watched 'I'm Your Man, ' at first I thought he'd died, and this was a tribute to him: the artists all brought such obvious emotion to their performances. But the further I got through this movie, the more I understood why these people were so intensely gripped by the songs they were sharing... because I felt it too. I feel as though his music has opened up a tightly capped wellspring within me, and the tears pour forth as I write this. I will never be the same again after experiencing his lyrical passion - and I pray for his continued health and well-being, that he may continue to grace us with these priceless soul-feeding jewels. Mr. Cohen: if you ever read this, thank you.