Leonard Cohen was a seminal musician for me.  He gave me many songs to cover, including this one on his first album that was one of my Mother’s favorites (and mine, too), “Suzanne”

The Rolling Stone said today that

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 and Greek-chorus backing vocals shaped evocative songs that dealt with love and hate, sex and spirituality, war and peace, ecstasy and depression.

I think I was the only Leonard Cohen fan in the entire world who did not particularly care for his recent song and major hit, “Hallelujah.”

Leonard Cohen died today at the age of 82.  I will miss him.  Sp long, Leonard Cohen…

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“Leonard Cohen Smoking,” charcoal on paper, Timi Townsend, c. 1971.  All rights reserved.