“I love talking about the various ways in which I am unappreciated”
The topic of underrated songs from Leonard Cohen’s oeuvre has been explored many times by the press.2 Now, however, I am shifting the debate to a different forum, one populated by fans of the Canadian singer-songwriter.
While I have my own contender for the “Most Underappreciated” title: Do I Have To Dance All Night – The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard, it is, one supposes, theoretically possible that another Leonard Cohen tune could be more deserving – especially since setting prescriptive criteria for “Most Underappreciated” has proven an insurmountable obstacle.
While I originally had in mind songs such as “Do I Have To Dance All Night,” “Leaving Green Sleeves,” “Ballad of the Absent Mare,” “The Captain,” Leonard’s cover of “To Love Somebody,” and “By the Rivers Dark,” I belatedly realized that even such classics as “Hallelujah,” “Suzanne,” and “Bird On The Wire” could – technically – be “underappreciated.”
So, I am asking fans for their nominations, secure in the conviction that they will recognize the subjective intent of “The Most Underappreciated Leonard Cohen Song.”
Nominations will be open until Noon (Eastern) Nov 8, 2019. The most popular nominations will then be submitted on “The Most Underappreciated Leonard Cohen Song” ballot for voting.
Note: The only certain way to make a nomination is as a comment to this post or via email to [email protected] Nominations made on Facebook may or may not be registered.
Credit Due Department: Photo by Lorca Cohen.