Q: Tell us about the song that defines Canada for you? Rufus Wainwright: “In this Leonard Cohen world right now, the song Suzanne really represents everything that is mysterious…about great Canadian songwriting…”

Tell us about the song that defines Canada for you?

 

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In this Leonard Cohen world right now, the song Suzanne really represents everything that is mysterious, shall we say, about great Canadian songwriting. I like it, because there’s an esoteric quality to it — where you don’t quite know what they’re singing about, or who it’s about, or where it takes place. It’s this kind of dreamlike quality. So I’d have to go with Suzanne, right now.

 

Rufus Wainwright

 

From Q&A: Rufus Wainwright on his family, being a Montrealer and proud Canadian – CBC News: May 21, 2017.

Credit Due Department: Photo by Ben Coombs – Rufus Wainwright live At Rock Werchter, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikipedia Commons

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted May 22, 2017.

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