Friday, November 11, 2016

"I have tried in my way to be free". Leonard Cohen (1934-2016).

A sad start to the weekend for music and poetry lovers. Singer-songwriter, poet, and writer, Leonard Cohen passed away today. He is well known for songs such as Suzanne, Bird on a Wire, Everybody Knows and most famously various covers of his song Hallelujah. From Canada, he started out as a poet but apparently moved to music as he couldn't make any money writing poetry.  With lines like, "Like a bird on the wire, Like a drunk in a midnight choir, I have tried in my way to be free", we can be happy that his craft was able to reach such a wide audience through popular music.

Our library staff reflected today with anecdotes about concerts they attended, their favourite song and the first time they heard his music. One staff member can remember when her friend bought an LP album to school and said "Listen to this".

He published one novel - Beautiful Losers, before his music career took of. You will find it at shelf number: 820C COH 1C BEA.

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