Oh my beloved Leonard! For a few years I've been telling people that you're quite jolly these days and had shed the gloom that was characteristic of your music in the 1960s and '70s. Then last week you released a new album which scuppered my plans to re-brand you as Mr Perky. It comes highly acclaimed, and quite rightly so. The lyrics are glorious and then there is that voice that, even in your eighties, oozes seduction and vulnerability. A critic in the Observer shared a quote. 'No can say naked as nakedly as Leonard Cohen.' Yowzah!
'You Want It Darker' is a sombre offering indeed from a man who announced last week that he 'was ready to die'. It's rather wonderful though, full of the poetry that sets my heart racing. I'm sharing 'Treaty', the second song on my album. These words stopped me in my tracks the other day. They are very representitive of this man's genius.
'I heard the snake was baffled by his sin
He shed his scales to find the snake within
But born again is born without a skin
The poison enters into everything.'