leonard cohen’s hallelujah is genuinely so beautiful like right before the chorus starts the buildup in the vocals and drums and the beat stops and then the choir sings like angels like…..wow? i wish i was a music major so i could write an essay about this song
“Well Marianne it’s come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.
And you know that I’ve always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don’t need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road.”
- Leonard Cohen in his final letter to Marianne Ihlen, July 2016
Everybody has experienced the defeat of their lives. Nobody has a life that worked out the way they wanted it to work out. We all begin as the hero of our own dramas, in centre stage, and inevitably life moves us out of centre stage, defeats the hero, overturns the plot and the strategy and we’re left on the sidelines, wondering why we no longer have a part, or want a part, in the whole damn thing. So everybody’s experienced this. When it’s presented to us sweetly, the feeling goes from heart to heart and we feel less isolated and we feel part of the great human chain, which is really involved with the recognition of defeat.
Leonard Cohen on why people enjoy listening to melancholy songs. From a BBC radio interview in 2007.
Music: Or the fact that music will live forever, even if the artist has passed.
☆ Leonard Cohen’s (No. 4) passing was a sad point during an already sad week. He’ll be terribly missed. ☆ Childish Gambino dropped his latest single just weeks after season one of Atlanta ended. He’s a busy guy.
Celebrities: And babies are still being born.
⬆ Kate McKinnon (No. 1) dressed as Hillary and sang “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen on SNL. It was weird, sad, good magic. ⬆ Jared Padalecki (No. 6) is about to become a Dad-alecki again. Congrats to him and his wife, Fake Ruby!
Leonard Cohen, who died this week, was one of our greatest songwriters—Bob Dylan told Cohen that he considered him his nearest rival—and is a figure of almost cult-like devotion among fans. He gave one of his final interviews to David Remnick over the summer. Listen to it now.