Leonard Cohen died on November 7th. The family requested fans to allow them to mourn the artist in private. The songwriter, musician, poet was known for his profound lyrics exploring themes of death, love, and faith, his songs being covered by numerous artists.
Leonard Cohen was born on September 21st 1934. He began his career by writing novels and poems. He first climbed on stage in the 1960s when he won the fans’ hearts with his profound voice and handsome looks. Cohen was one of the last gentlemen of music, always wearing a suit and a hat while performing, his deep voice and the nix eroticism of his lyrics making him a vision of artistic lust.
A member of the Beat generation, Cohen explored themes like faith, death, and love. One of his most famous compositions, Hallelujah, has created a frenzy among fans as it manages to speak about both unrequited love and faith, all the while offering a cathartic ending. Numerous artists have tried to cover the song, none managing to capture its essence quite like the deep voiced beat poet turned singer.
Even though Cohen’s songs never reached Top 40, artists like Nina Simone, Johnny Cash, and even REM tried to cover his compositions. The modern troubadour’s name was added to the Rock and Roll hall of fame in 2008, demonstrating that his work touched the hearts of many.
The visionary artist once declared that he is in love with the guitar. According to him, not only are his songs written with the sound of a guitar in mind, but also his novels.
However, his incommensurable talent did not rely just on pure instinct, but also on hard work. The bard worked for over five years on Hallelujah, the song that is considered his masterpiece.
Critics have had a hard time deciphering the appeal of the artist. At first glance, his tunes are simple, a rogue chord inserted here and there. Of course, his cavernous voice helps by raising the sexual tension of the deep lyrics.
A memorial service will be held for the Canadian artist. The family did not communicate a time and date yet as they still need time to cope with his departure.
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