I had a difficult time picking both a song, and then a video, for this post. I finally settled on this one because his voice is the strongest, and he sounds the most -- like himself, for lack of a better term.
I had the chance to see Leonard Cohen at Madison Square Garden a few years ago, and I’m glad I took it. I was too far from the stage to take pictures; practically in the rafters. Even elderly and frail he held us in thrall. The Garden has never felt like more of a sacred space -- a temple of song, to paraphrase one of Cohen’s own lyrics.
And, too, I am, like a lot of people, genuinely fond of this song.
Rest in peace, good sir. We shall miss you very much.