Friday, November 11, 2016

Leonard Cohen, the great poet of the song is death – Le Figaro

VIDEO – The canadian singer died at the age of 82 years. His entourage announced on the page Facebook of the musician. In his latest album, “You Want It Darker”, released last month, he talked much of death, marked by the disappearance of his muse Marianne Ihlen.

All the Suzanne of the planet are in mourning. “It is with deep sadness that we announce that legendary poet, author and artist, Leonard Cohen has made the soul,” says a post published on the page Facebook of the singer on Thursday to 20h35 in Montreal. We have lost a visionary of the most adulated and prolific.” It is also noted that a ceremony will be held in his honor in Los Angeles in the next few days. Without specifying the causes of his death.

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The singer had been suffering for a few years of physical problems. He had sustained multiple fractures to the spine. In recent months the poet alternated between moments of discouragement and hope, marked by the disappearance of his muse Marianne Ihlen, the song “So Long, Marianne”. On the 13th of October last, it is in the residence official canadian of Los Angeles that the artist had expressed on the occasion of the release of his latest album, more twilight than ever, “You Want It Darker”. The octogenarian claimed to want to “live forever”.

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At his side stood his son, Adam, 44, a privileged collaborator for this sumptuous disc. If the man appeared frail and fragile, never her voice had been so deep and serious that on its eight new songs. “A voice like hers occupies a lot of space in the mix,” explained then Adam. There was no other option than to purify the accompaniment to the maximum.” Unlike the productions of cold and technology employed by Cohen between the late 1980s and the beginning of this century, “You Want It Darker” renouait with the organic sound of his albums historical.

This album had been assembled patiently at home in Los Angeles of Cohen, prevented from moving by back problems. Collapsed after the disappearance of his girlfriend Marianne Ihlen, Leonard Cohen had written texts overwhelming, which addressed more than usual mortality. “I’m ready, my Lord”, chante-t-he particular on the title track.

Ever the author had been as prolific as in recent times: from “Old Ideas” in 2012, and “Popular Problems” two years later, he had adopted a beautiful cadence. No one could complain about it, especially in regard to the quality of these discs, which are among the most beautiful of the career of this extraordinary author. A real treasure which The New Yorker devoted recently a long article in which Bob Dylan, in person, him a vibrant tribute. It was before he receives the Nobel prize for literature, which sparked a controversy sterile, “Cohen deserved more surely this distinction”.

Asked about the honor bestowed on his old friend, the Canadian had had these words: “Give the Nobel to Dylan, is like saying mount Everest is that it is a great mountain.” One obvious amount. To the devil with the controversy, there was much room for these two geniuses of language in the world of the song.

Thursday night, dozens of fans gathered spontaneously to pay homage to him in front of his house in Montreal. On the stone steps, at the threshold of the brick house, to the north of the plateau, rows of candles are lit and a few flowers have been deposited, as also a hat that he loved so much.

“You will be missed”, wrote the canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau expressed his “deep sadness”. “Leonard, the feelings and the sounds that came from your poetry and your music were like those of no other artist. You will be missed”.

Front of the house of Leonard Cohen à Montrealéal

Before the house of Leonard Cohen in Montreal. photo Credits :


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