From Tonite: Like A Bird On A Wire by Jonathan Valania (Phawker: May 18th, 2017). The entire post, partly a review of You Want It Darker and partly a lament on the loss of Leonard Cohen in the time of Trump, is available at the link.
Quoted by Adam Cohen in Leonard Cohen’s son Adam jokes about father while accepting Juno on his behalf by David Friend (CTV News: April 1, 2017)
It’s not fun to talk about death. None of us want to consider a world without ourselves, or worse, without someone we love or look up to. That’s alright: you’re not supposed to because you have to get up in the morning and go to work and keep with the grand task of moving forward so that there is a world beyond us, one to inherit one day by someone who you’ll never meet, whose experiences will be so foreign to you that you might not recognize them as being like you. But there is Leonard Cohen. I use the present tense because, even though he has died at age eighty-two, neither we nor him are done with one another. There are hard lessons about aging and dying and living on You Want It Darker that we’re not going to ever be done with until we either cure death or forget Leonard Cohen. At the moment, neither seems likely.
From Sound Takes: You Want it Darker by Amish Trivedi (The Rumpus: March 9th, 2017). The entire review is available at the link. Highly recommended.
2017 Juno Award Nominations:
- Album of the Year: Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
- Artist of the Year: Leonard Cohen
- Songwriter of the Year: Leonard Cohen “You Want It Darker,” “It Seemed the Better Way,” “Traveling Light”
- Adult Alternative Album of the Year: Leonard Cohen You Want It Darker
Previous Leonard Cohen Juno Awards
Note; In addition to these awards, Leonard Cohen has received numerous nominations
All posts dealing with Leonard Cohen and the Junos can be accessed at Juno Awards
Credit Due Department: Photo atop this post from Library and Archives Canada. Photographer: Barry Roden. Thanks to Linda Sturgess for contributions to this post.
[Leonard Cohen] sang the blues with Old World struggle, rasped epic tales and sometimes gospel, strumming Spanish chords on a broken-down guitar. But his final album, You Want It Darker, released a month after his 82nd birthday and only 17 days before he passed away, was like someone transcendently singing the prayer for ascension at his own funeral. As if chanting a private liturgy, there was no more hunger for a voice. At last Cohen was the praise singer, aged and fatigued, a pilgrim with just one journey left to make. From the opening supplication—“I’m ready, my lord”—to the closing blessing—“It’s over now, the water and the wine”—the album is an uninterrupted prayer unto death.
A Final Surrender to a Sacred Undertow: You Want It Darker, by Leonard Cohen. Columbia by Shefa Siegel (Sojourners: February 2017). The entire thoughtful, well written review is available at the link now but may disappear behind a paywall soon.