I long for love and light, but must it come so cruel and oh so bright - Leonard Cohen
ah, such a poet, got to love Leonard. He thought of himself as a poet first and foremost but then of course he became famous for his completely beautiful songs. Just his voice and the guitar at first.
I once saw him interviewed on TV am which was a breakfast television programme on English TV, one of those cheerful chatty superficial sort of programmes. I was a bit shocked to see Leonard sitting there on the sofa with Anne Diamond, the regular interviewer.
I was sooo mortified when she upset him by saying
"I gather your music is the favorite for people to slit their wrists to"
Silence. He was humble in reply
"well, I like to hope that some music listeners do actually appreciate what I'm trying to say Anne"
I did. I used to listen to him for hours and hours in a darkened room lost in wonder.
My mother didn't, she preferred the Beatles.
"are you going to listen to that old man droning on and on again? He's not young you know, can't you listen to something else?"
My dad thought he was just plain wierd. Mind you, dad didn't understand music. He dismissed Bob Dylan immediately
"that man can't sing"
I had to point out that there was SO much more to Bob Dylan than just his voice!
Music is so tied up in love and light and life itself. I have to be careful what I listen to because it takes me away from the here and now, it can change my mood in an instant.