Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Our Tower of Song
I once asked a friend about the enduring appeal of Leonard Cohen and just what was it that keeps it going. “It’s his dependability…”, she replied. “Leonard Cohen is an institution and he never lets me down.” That comment came to mind last month when it was announced that Cohen would be returning with a new record called Old Ideas. You certainly can’t get any more dependable than those and Cohen’s ‘golden voice’.
Cohen’s press release explains:
“As I grew older, I understood that instructions came with this voice. And the instructions were these...Never to lament casually. And if one is to express the great inevitable defeat that awaits us all, it must be done within the strict confines of dignity & beauty."