Leonard Cohen's birthday, a true Poet Legend. Not much better of a way to celebrate his legacy than the initial 'Songs' trilogy, which may be his overall peak but he made plenty of other greatness later, not least at all that last album (RIP...). Out of these masterworks, I'd say Songs of Love and Hate is my favorite for its stark epicness but Songs of Leonard Cohen will always be most definitive to a majority for very good reason. However, Songs From a Room gets sandwiched in between, often times unfairly but it's not quite as cohesive and the "mouth harp" can be a bit distracting. It's still no less great nonetheless despite the slightly clearer flaws. "Bird on a Wire" may well be his most defining song out of several contenders (Suzanne, Master Song, Avalanche, Famous Blue Raincoat etc.) Every lyric and stanza is excellent. My favorite line though might be the conclusion of "Joan of Arc": "Myself, I long for love and light...but must it come so cruel, and oh so bright?" Ain't that the truth there. Even his voice, while not 'technically' great by most measures is haunting and soothing, whereas he would sound much deeper with age but no less compelling. Tragic and romantic in almost equal measure throughout these but hardly ever totally hopeless...your works will be immortal, LC (September 21, 1934 - November 7, 2016)
“My mirror twin, my next of kin,
I’d know you in my sleep.
And who but you would take me in , a thousand kisses deep?
I loved you when you opened
Like a lily to the heat.
I’m just another snowman
Standing in the rain and sleet,
Who loved you with his frozen love, his second-hand physique With all he is, and all he was
A thousand kisses deep.” Happy birthday my raven singer 🖤 #leonardcohen#leonardcohenpoetry#athousandkissesdeep#birdonawire
What can be said about the Bard of the Boudoir that hasn’t been said before? Truly one of a kind, we’re spinning Leonard Cohen’s classic second album to celebrate his birthday. “Like a bird on the wire, like a drunk in a midnight choir, I’ve tried in my own way to be free...”