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Leonard Cohen

I assume most of our readers are familiar with Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, musician and writer Leonard Cohen (1934-), at least through numerous cover versions of his amazing song “Hallelujah” (1984). Jeff Buckley’s version in particular comes to mind, but Cohen himself has done amazing version of the song – both studio and live.

Between the release of his debut album Song of Leonard Cohen in 1967 and his most recent studio recording Dear Heather in 2004, Cohen has released nine other studio albums, with a twelfth (Old Ideas) due 31 January of this year. In addition, there are live albums and tribute albums – most notably Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man (2006) which features artists such as Nick Cave, Jarvis Cocker, The Handsome Family, Beth Orton, Rufus Wainwright, Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson, Linda Thompson, Antony, and Kate and Anna McGarrigle. I urge you all to check it out on Spotify or on a similar service. But he’s not just a great songwriter – he’s also a very stylish man.

Cohen is also a poet of note. His first collection, Let Us Compare Mythologies, came out in 1956, and he has continued to produce poetry to this day, with 14 collections published so far (although some of them are collections of song lyrics). In addition, he has published two novels – The Favorite Game in 1963 and Beautiful Losers in 1966.

Cohen is one of these rare people who seem to grow more and more handsome and attractive the older he gets. Not that he wasn’t handsome in his younger days…

he really was!

…but there is something in his distinguished look now that is really attractive as well.

Check out the man, check out his style and check out his music!

Love, Mari

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