Happy Birthday #LeonardCohen


 Inspired by Poet, Writer, Musician & Songwriter Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen keeps topping the charts…
“Considered one of the most influential authors of our time, his poems and songs have beautifully explored the major issues of humanity in great depth.”
Leonard Cohen, a Canadian, was born on September 21st, 1934. As a teen, he learned to play guitar and formed a country folk group. He attended McGill University to study law which he never completed. He started a journey as a poet /writer; his first publication, in 1956, was a book of poetry entitled Let Us Compare Mythologies. The Spice-Box of Earth (1961) brought Cohen public acclaim as a poet. His first novel published in 1963  was Favourite Game; Beautiful Losers followed in 1966Yeats, Miller, Irving, Leighton influenced Cohen’s as a writerHe often wrote about religion, sex, relationships, isolation.  For a number of years, Leonard went into a secluded life in a Zen Buddist monastery.  Leonard had “a persona often associated with mystique.”.
By the late 60s, Cohen was publishing fewer books and started focusing on writing music and recording. In 1967, he moved to the US to pursue folk music. He wrote his first published song Suzanne for Judy Collins in 1967; the same year he recorded his first album. Songs from that album were picked up by popular musicians like James Taylor and David Crosby. Cohen published his best known book of poetry and prose in 1978 -Death of a Ladies Man.The record, of the same title, was co-written and produced with Phil Spector (Songwriter/ record producer Spector was responsible for over 25 Top 40 hits in his career. Spector wrote lyrics and produced for many famous artists like Righteous Brothers, Ike and Tina Turner, Beatles, Rolling Stones.) Leonard Cohen, at 77, is still writing and producing music. A full collection is expected out in October.
 Awards: In 2008, Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In June, he was bestowed with the Prince of Asturias Award for Letters  considered one of the highest honor for a writer.Recurrent themes in Cohen’s early writings revolved around depression and suicide; later in his career he has written about political and social injustice. Cohen shows, in a profound way, that one’s writing can have a tremendous impact on our world and humanity.
When this American woman
( from “Let Us Compare Mythologies”)
When this American woman,
whose thighs are bound in casual red cloth,
comes thundering past my sitting place
like a forest-burning Mongol tribe,
the city is ravished and brittle buildings
of a hundred years splash into the street;
and my eyes are burnt
for the embroidered Chinese girls,
already old, and so small
between the thin pines
on these enormous landscapes,
that if you turn your head
they are lost for hours.
Thanks to Leonard Cohen for years of inspiration – Happy Birthday

9 thoughts on “Happy Birthday #LeonardCohen

  1. Suzanne is one of my favorite Leonard Cohen songs. Thank you for sharing so much on Leonard Cohen. He is a inspiring writer and it is good to know more about what drove him to write. Thank you Leslie.

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  2. Leonard Cohen! Wonderful! Thanks for sharing so much in-depth information on this remarkable man Leslie. “Sisters of Mercy,” “Democracy,” “Everybody Knows,” and of course “Suzanne” are my top favs! Lots of ‘messages’ to think about in his music, especially coming from the time he did, a time when people seemed to care a bit more about life, real Democracy, and the human condition!

    Thanks again, Leslie, and take gentle care!

    Roger ☺

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    1. Leuuuuk!! Ik was bij de show van TC (en werk in de winkels), leuk om te zien dat jij bagastkce foto’s hebt gemaakt en daarbij hebt geholpen.. Heb zelf vorige x ook geholpen en het is indd echt dikke hektiek he! Hahahha. Leuke blog ook :)XOXF.www.myfashion-expression.blogspot.com

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    1. Wow, love those greens! She dlifniteey has a regal smile and she is actually very regal looking. Speaking of your book, I will be ordering it from Amazon when it comes out. I may order two, one for my mom and one for me.

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  3. Who’s cooler than Leonard Cohen? No one! I wish I could remember what tv show I saw him perform a song on, not very long ago. Maybe a couple of months ago… Damn, It’ll come to me later. Anyhow, Thanks for this Leslie, a great Birthday Card piece.

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  4. A couple of weeks ago, I was vinitisg someone on the Upper West Side and dropped into the Off Broadway Boutique. I felt so excited to see Lynn Dell sitting there. She is as fabulous in person as when photographed in this blog. Her shop is wonderful, filled with gorgeous clothes and jewelry and definitely a destination to visit.

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