Leonard Cohen: The darkest enchantment5 min read . Updated: 19 Nov 2016, 01:37 AM IST
A remembrance of the poet, chanteur and messiah of the 'beautiful losers'
Penning a tribute to Leonard Cohen brings on a strong awareness of my inadequacies as a writer. The artiste has scripted various renderings of his elegy, from before I was born. Cohen’s final submission with You Want It Darker (2016) concluded the continuum of hesitant departures in his songbook. I had the fortune of being entranced by Cohen at his last concert at the Madison Square Garden, New York City in 2012. Cohen could have dawdled on through the night—with a barely-there prance in his step and gentle nods acknowledging the bass-note shifts—but he had my attention. The slim crescent from the fedora shadowed his eyes. His head was often downcast, as if in observance of the power of song, while he courted the mic in his tender clasp. Cohen looked frail but his voice and intent belied his physical form. He emphasized how humbled and grateful he was for this audience, and performed an exhaustive set. His modesty reminded me of lines from Alexandra Leaving: “And you who had the honour of her evening/And by that honour had your own restored". I felt deeply honoured that night, L. Cohen.
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