“I’ll never forget you, you know!”
And I’ll see what you’ve chained to your sorrow
All your sheep and your lilies of snow
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
With its “I’ll never forget you, you know!”
Take This Waltz by Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen died Monday, Nov 7, 2016.
Burial took place Nov 10 under the auspices of Montreal’s Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue, the congregation to which Leonard and his family belonged and the congregation for which both Leonard’s great-grandfather, Lazarus Cohen, and his grandfather, Lyon Cohen, served as President.
The listing of the deceased’s accomplishments that is obligatory in a eulogy would be useless in this case. Those who follow this site are already aware of Leonard Cohen’s exploits as a singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, and icon. (Those interested in Leonard’s life and career can find an overview at I Can’t Forget: The Leonard Cohen Timeline.) I offer instead my own expression of Leonard Cohen’s significance:
Leonard Cohen offers the possibility of living with grace, dignity, and integrity, without submitting to illusions, without succumbing to indifference, and without indulging in denial of our own failures and flaws, in a world that is too often corrupt & malevolent.
At Leonard Cohen’s 2008 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction, Lou Reed put it more succinctly and more elegantly:
We’re so lucky to be alive at the same time Leonard Cohen is
Lou had it right.
Update: A list of articles and posts about Leonard Cohen’s life and death that are especially informative, gracious, interesting, or evocative can be found at In Memory Of Leonard Cohen