Leonard Cohen was my biggest inspiration and a guiding hero in my journey as a singer/songwriter. I discovered him when I heard Nina Simone’s haunting version of ‘Suzanne.’ I recall the very moment I heard ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’ at a friend’s place in Soho. Listening to that song was like diving into a sad novel, with its rich tale of love, friendship and betrayal. There are times all of us realize that the world is not a fair place and we begin to see through all the lies and deceit around us. Listening to ‘Everybody Knows,’ shook my world and blew my mind like no other song. I celebrate Leonard Cohen for the gifts of all of his songs and for the way he graciously encouraged me as a songwriter. I’m grateful that he left treasures behind to move and shake many more generations of songwriters to come.
JiHAE – Hallelujah (by Leonard Cohen)
Ongoing readers may recall that JiHAE has been featured in previous Cohencentric posts:
- Video: JiHAE Sings It Just Feels – “A Poem About An Orgasm” By Leonard Cohen & Dave Stewart
- 1992 Song “It Just Feels” By Leonard Cohen & Dave Stewart Reappears On 2015 JiHAE Album
- Q&A With JiHAE: Collaborator With Leonard Cohen & Dave Stewart On “It Just Feels”
In addition to being a singer-songwriter and multimedia artist, JiHAE is an actor, currently starring in “Mars,” the National Geographic docu-drama produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. She plays twin sisters, Hana Seung, a pilot turned Commander, and Joon Seung, Secretary General of IMSF (NASA of the future).