Last night there was a tribute to Leonard Cohen on the CBC, lots of famous Canadians doing covers of The Man’s songs. It was very cool, except for having to listen to commercials about the CBC’s other shows, which are all basically remakes of The Beachcombers. Ahh Relic… you icon of Canadiana. I think they can’t afford to advertise on any other network.
Anyway I thought while I was watching it how massively awesome Cohen is. We get deluged with absolute crap from all sides during our day to day lives, it sometimes seems easy to assume that everything is crap. There was this science fiction story I read a few years ago where this guy was cryogenically frozen and when he woke up, he couldn’t figure out why everyone was acting the way they were… there was this running joke about how whenever someone on TV or radio would say the word “quarter” everyone would laugh, but he couldn’t figure out why… turns out that over the years everyone had become really stupid.
UPDATE: Thanks to the awesome research skillz of one Dean K. this story was identified as The Marching Morons by C. M. Kornbluth. Kind of eerie re-reading it, because while it was science fiction when it was written, it’s now the world we live in.
Anyway where was I? Oh yeah Leonard Cohen. Here are three clips that are guaranteed to plant a hush puppy into your limbic region.
The first is Famous Blue Raincoat, possibly the single most depressing song ever written.
The second is possibly my favorite song of all time, Sisters of Mercy. It takes some getting use to but some of the imagery in the song stays with you.
Third, here’s a live version of Chelsea Hotel.