What he was like
Humble. Appreciative. Strong. Smart. Funny. Attentive. Warm. Supportive. I think he had a special relationship with everyone in the crew. There were many of us, and he’d join in any stirring conversation or quick chat. He gave me confidence. He often asked me ‘How’s the real work coming?’ He encouraged me to write. In late 2013 I left one of my books in his dressing room, and (cheekily) signed it to him: ‘To my number one fan.’ In the New Year I sent him another work, and he praised it, signing his email off with: ‘L (your NO. 1 fan).’ I couldn’t believe a giant like him would bother supporting someone like me. But then it makes sense, because I think his devotion was to encourage people to be happy in what they do – it’s how you heal the world.
Leif Bodnarchuk (second from the right in the photo) served as guitar technician on the Leonard Cohen tours.