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.