He was a very happy grandfather. I remember one day when we were all just sitting there quietly, watching Viva play. He was smiling so much. He was always very sweet to me as Viva’s father. He’d introduce me to people by saying: ‘This is Rufus, he’s a member of my family.’ … I think it’s a tragedy that we lost the man now. He was such a smart guy at a time when there aren’t many smart guys around. There’s also so much more that I wanted to ask him as a man in my 40s, as he had such an incredible transformation as a musician and a spiritual person at this time in his life. I’m sad I can’t ask him as a songwriter and as a human being, because he knew so much. It really feels like someone superhuman has gone.
Excerpt from Leonard Cohen remembered by Rufus Wainwright (The Guardian: Dec 11, 2016). The obituary by Rufus Wainwright is graceful, personal, and enchanting. It can be read in its entirety at the link. Photo atop post by Bruce Baker – ,Flickr. CC BY 2.0, Wikimedia Commons. Thanks to Alex Bee, who alerted me to this piece.