Howe Gelb on Leonard Cohen: “The healer, the sonic rabbi candle lighter, a most reverent disciple of the softened decibel, the beholder of a poet’s murmur unlike any other”


Leonard had a voice with the authority to soothe the journey of a treacherous landscape we insist on traversing. We, like small children skinning our knees on love, and he, the adult whispering in our ear that it’s all going to be OK. Because it has to be OK. And with that, a way of taking your mind off the madness of your own isolated turmoil. A gift for revealing the mysterious outcomes of the provocative heart. He was a soldier amongst the many uniforms of love. The Zen survivor of self-torment’s darkest hour. A lazy bastard in a suit. With his passing, perhaps a particular sacred timing, when we were reeling from the heartache of the progressive world in collapse, the travesties amongst brothers and sisters being pitted against each other, and the ill-effects of a postelection sickness, he made it all seem momentarily moot by comparison to his leaving. Just like the gentleman he was, the healer, the sonic rabbi candle lighter, a most reverent disciple of the softened decibel, the beholder of a poet’s murmur unlike any other. quotedown2

Howe Gelb


From People Who Died: Leonard Cohen by Howe Gelb (Tucson Weekly: Dec 29, 2016). Howe Gelb is a Singer-songwriter, musician, record producer based in Tucson

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Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker #7 On Uproxx Best Folk Albums Of 2016


7. Leonard Cohen, You Want It Darker

Ah, the task of writing about an album that assumes a new weight given the sudden death of its creator. You Want It Darker was easily one of the year’s best folk records, but since Cohen’s death has us all revisiting his back catalogue, I have begun to think it’s actually one of the best albums he’s ever done. Cohen’s gravelly voice and ferocious wit make any song he performs a trip, and perhaps like Bowie, he realized he was about to leave us, and Darker would be a welcome relief to fill the ensuing void. These are plummy, velvety songs about desperation, deep love, and leaving things behind.

The Best Folk Albums Of 2016 by Caitlin White (Uproxx: Dec 27, 2016)

When “Leonard Cohen: Poet-Singer-Songwriter” Was “Lenny: Wabi-Kon Camper”


I remember Leonard Cohen. I remember him as Lenny. We were campers together for a number of years at Wabi-Kon, near Temagami. Lenny was the undisputed leader of the cabin. It was not due to his forcing his way into the role. It was rather by the warmth and magnetism of his personality that made you want to follow him.

Opening lines of Sommerferien mit Leonard Cohen by Herb Samuels (Gastautor: Nov 18, 2016). This essay offers memories of Leonard Cohen from his fellow Wabi-Kon camper. The complete piece is available at the link. The illustration atop this post references the following excerpt:

One summer, we became superheroes with towels tied around our neck as capes. Lenny’s idea was instead of saying “Shazam” like Captain Marvel, we say our names backwards, By his saying “Dranoel Nehoc” or in my case “Trebreh Sleumas,” we were transformed.

“Leonard Cohen made [Scotiabank Place] feel intimate and warm, and hearts feel ready to burst”


Leonard Cohen 2012 venue: Scotiabank Place

I had reservations about seeing Cohen inside an arena as large as Scotiabank Place but in the end, it didn’t matter. Cohen made the place feel intimate and warm, and hearts feel ready to burst. He’s still one of the best.quotedown2


From Leonard Cohen Entrances At Scotiabank Place, Denis Armstrong’s review of the Dec 7, 2012 Leonard Cohen Ottawa concert (Ottawa Sun: Dec 7, 2012). Note: Originally posted December 8, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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2012 Kingston Concert Tweet: “Leonard Cohen concert tonight – a sacred journey through the mysteries of love and life. And he was funny.”


Posted by Mark Bergin via Twitter (Dec 13, 2012) re Kingston concert. Note: Originally posted December 19, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric