Leonard Cohen 1934–2016
You found the vibrations that made a generation of women too smart for their own good want to raise their boys to be gentle souls. Like so many wayward fathers, when we found you years later on our own, you told us the dark truth hidden in the folds of those verses.
Everyone could find themselves in your sound, could see their own angle of your picture, even while you never compromised what made it yours. I can’t think of too many artists as simultaneously generous and unyielding.
You were a gentleman among ruffians and a warm darkness in the blinding light.
Take it easy, brother.