Rest In Peace, Leonard Cohen

By: Lena Blumberg, Staff Reporter

On November 7, 2016, singer, songwriter, musician, and poet, Leonard Cohen died at age eighty two in Los Angeles. The Canadian singer was known for the very popular song Hallelujah. Cohen had dabbled in music early on in his youth, but during the 1950s and early 1960s, he started his career as a novelist and poet. He returned to his music career in 1967, when he was 33, with the encouragement of Judy Collins, who had recorded a couple of his songs. His first album was called Songs of Leonard Cohen. The album just barely made the Top 100 but earned Cohen a devoted following. In 1968, he released his second album, Songs from a Room, which wasn’t as well received as his first, but it still did well. Cohen continued to write music and poetry and gained a solid following, but it wasn’t until 1984, with the recording of Hallelujah, that he gained wider fame. The song has been in many movies and covered by hundreds of artists. In 1994, Cohen took a spiritual break, took a vow of silence, and studied under a Zen master for the next five years, after which he continued to write music and poetry to critical acclaim. Cohen was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008, and he received a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 2010. Amazingly, his highest-charted album, Old ldeas, was released in 2014 when he was nearing 80.

His death was sudden and unexpected. Fans and celebrities reacted to the music legend’s passing on social media, often quoting his profound and poetic lyrics. 

 

“Everything has a crack in it, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen