Aaron Kemp lists 10 life lessons he learned from Leonard Cohen. While these are all valid precepts one can extract from the Canadian singer-songwriter’s career, most or all of the underlying facts will already be familiar to most fans. For example, I suspect most Cohencentric readers are aware that Leonard got a late start as a professional singer.
1. It’s Never Too Late To Start
Leonard Cohen got a relatively late start as a musician. Already a published novelist and poet, he entered a musical world dominated by twenty-something wunderkinds like Bob Dylan and the Beatles in 1967 when he was almost 34 years old. That’s right, he was nearly 10 YEARS older than many of the leading, established rock stars of the era who had already become legends by the time Leonard was just starting out.
And, there is some overlap between the lessons. For example,
- 2. You Don’t Have To Be An Arrogant A**H*** To Be A Brilliant Rock Star And Artist and
- 5. Humility Is The True Mark Of Greatness
All ten lessons can be found at Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld: 10 life lessons I learned from Leonard Cohen by Aaron Kemp (Jewish Journal: Jan. 10, 2017)