Leonard Cohen, Canadian singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, died on November 7, 2016 at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles. A year on, we remember his music for capturing some of the tumult and ecstasy the world is caught in.
‘A Singer Must Die’: A song from the early-career Cohen, where the state, individual liberty and the forces of artistic creativity face off against each other.
‘The Window’: An overlooked love song where the personal flirts with the divine.
‘Night Comes On’: One where everyday habits and political events merge together.
‘Recitation’: Sometimes Cohen is remembered for his melancholic music. But recitations like this show how humour was very much a part of his repertoire.
‘Take This Waltz’: And while he is often called an exceedingly original poet, some of his songs were translations – like this one, from a poem by Spanish poet Federico García Lorca.