This past Monday (Nov. 7, 2016) influential and widely loved longtime poet/author/singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen
passed away, as announced last night via the Canadian artist's Facebook page. Cohen,
who enjoyed a rich six decade career ending with the new You Want It Darker
, was 82 years old. As of yet no exact cause of death has been issued. However a memorial at a to be announced date will take place in Los Angeles where, should the choir sing his most famous/covered song "Hallelujah," things will get most emotional. According to his family, up until the time of his death Cohen had been busy writing, and up until three years ago he had been touring/performing with his final concert in Australia in December 2013. In the time since he has done interviews, in one with the New Yorker he had said he was ready to die. In his final interview four weeks ago at a listening party for You Want It Darker
at the Canadian Consulate in Los Angeles with KCRW
's Chris Douridas
he corrected that by saying, "I intend to live forever."
You Want It Darker
(Columbia/Legacy) is the perfect sign off from an amazing artist, a brilliant beatuiful poet who began as a writer, was told by some his voice sucked so maybe not sing, but he did, and people loved him from the get go, and all the way up to his just released swan song, You Want It Darker
. His fourteenth album, it was
released three weeks ago, Amoeba reviewers called it "a soulful exploration of life and death." In two weeks was the vinly/LP version of You Want It Darker
scheduled for a Record Store Day 2016
release in two weeks time, Nov. 25th. As further noted in the review on the Amoeba page for You Want It Darker
, Cohen "intones through his throaty spoken word delivery on the title track, adding, over church-choir backups and stately organ"
and continuing that, "If it truly is Cohen’s last album, as he has hinted, he’s gone out on a breathtaking note with You Want it Darker." Although officially 14 albums mark Cohen's discography, his back catalog is way deeper than than, as proven by the 5 pages of Leonard Cohen releases available
from Amoeba. Honoring the legacy of the great Leonard Cohen, below are a handful of music videos from his long illustrious career, one that also included many books of poetry and fiction he published before and after his music career began (still have my beat-up, well worn but treasured paperback copy of his second novel, Beautiful Losers