As if the week cannot get any more bewildering, the music world is left stunned by the passing of arguably the most prolific and influential poet, songwriter and artist of our time; the legendary Leonard Cohen. He died peacefully at his home in Los Angeles on Monday at the ripe fruitful age of 82.
The word transcendental best describes Cohen who, with a career that spans 5 decades, has inspired and continues to inspire artists regardless of genre, creed, gender and age. He’s a unifying force in an industry bitterly divided by greed and ambition. He might not have a lot of things in common with electronic music but his visionary spirit and fearlessness to challenge the norm is what electronic music yearns and strives for in all of its creative endeavors—it’s reason for being.
As the music world is still coming to grips with his passing and as tributes continue to pour in from various artists and especially from fans who lived by his words,music and wisdom around the world, let us remember and celebrate the man the best way we know how—through his music.
He was writing music until his last moments and according to his son Adam who produced his latest and final album, he was at peace with the knowledge that he had completed what he felt was one of his greatest records. Entitled You Want It Darker, released just a month before his death, the album is comprised of songs that seemingly intimated at his immortality; as if he knew that that the end was near.
“If you are the dealer, I’m out of the game. If you are the healer, it means I’m broken and lame, “he hummed with his haunting bass voice amidst melancholic accompaniment in the opening track. It’s profoundly poignant and exquisitely chilling—a sublime farewell piece to his influential and transcendental life.