Nov 7, 2016: Leonard Cohen Is Dead; Our World Is Darker

“I’ll never forget you, you know!”

And I’ll see what you’ve chained to your sorrow
All your sheep and your lilies of snow
Ay, Ay, Ay, Ay
Take this waltz, take this waltz
With its “I’ll never forget you, you know!”

Take This Waltz by Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen died Monday, Nov 7, 2016.

Burial took place Nov 10 under the auspices of Montreal’s Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue, the congregation to which Leonard and his family belonged and the congregation for which both Leonard’s great-grandfather, Lazarus Cohen, and his grandfather, Lyon Cohen, served as President.

The listing of the deceased’s accomplishments that is obligatory in a eulogy would be useless in this case. Those who follow this site are well aware of Leonard Cohen’s exploits as a singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, and icon. I offer instead my own expression of Leonard Cohen’s significance:


Leonard Cohen offers the possibility of living with grace, dignity, and integrity, without submitting to illusions, without succumbing to indifference, and without indulging in denial of our own failures and flaws, in a world that is too often corrupt & malevolent.



At Leonard Cohen’s 2008 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Induction, Lou Reed put it more succinctly and more elegantly:


We’re so lucky to be alive at the same time Leonard Cohen is



Lou had it right.


Update: A Medical Note On The Death Of Leonard Cohen

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This is the Cohencentric entry that announced Leonard’s death, posted Nov 10, 2016 when the news was officially released.

2 thoughts on “Nov 7, 2016: Leonard Cohen Is Dead; Our World Is Darker

  1. I was on a tour bus in Melbourne Australia when my daughter texted me the news. Tears flowed “ like your father or your dog just died”. So very personal. I received many condolences for my loss. The next day the full front page of the newspapers in the hotel was our man. The US election was in a small column to the right. I was floored at the magnitude of the shared grief, and the strength of personal connection to the life and works of this great man.

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