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Leonard Cohen

Date de naissance: 21. septembre 1934
Date de décès: 7. novembre 2016

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Leonard Cohen, né le 21 septembre 1934 à Westmount, Montréal et mort le 7 novembre 2016,, à Los Angeles , est un auteur-compositeur-interprète, musicien, poète, romancier et peintre canadien.

Son premier recueil de poésies paraît à Montréal en 1956 et son premier roman en 1963.

Les premières chansons de Leonard Cohen sont ancrées dans la musique folk, et chantées avec une voix grave. Dans les années 1970, ses influences se multiplient : musique pop, de cabaret et du monde. Depuis les années 1980, il chante accompagné de synthétiseurs et de choristes.

Dans tous ses travaux, Leonard Cohen reprend souvent les mêmes thèmes : l'amour-passion, la religion, la solitude, la sexualité et la complexité des relations interpersonnelles. Leonard Cohen assume sa dépression chronique depuis longtemps et ne se l'est jamais cachée ni ne l'a jamais cachée, allant jusqu'à en parler aux journalistes rassemblés à l'occasion de la conférence de presse sur son album Old Ideas.

La poésie et les chansons de Leonard Cohen ont influencé de nombreux auteurs-compositeurs-interprètes et on compte plus de 1 500 reprises de ses chansons. Cohen est introduit au Panthéon de la musique canadienne en 1991, au Panthéon des Auteurs et Compositeurs canadiens en 2006, au Rock and Roll Hall of Fame en 2008. Il est un Compagnon de l'Ordre du Canada depuis 2003 et Grand Officier de l'Ordre national du Québec depuis 2008, les plus hautes distinctions décernées respectivement par le gouvernement du Canada et le gouvernement du Québec.

Son œuvre poétique a été récompensée par le Prix Prince des Asturies des Lettres 2011.

Citations Leonard Cohen

„I am so often accused of gloominess and melancholy. And I think I'm probably the most cheerful man around. I don't consider myself a pessimist at all. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel completely soaked to the skin.“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: I am so often accused of gloominess and melancholy. And I think I'm probably the most cheerful man around. I don't consider myself a pessimist at all. I think of a pessimist as someone who is waiting for it to rain. And I feel completely soaked to the skin. … I think those descriptions of me are quite inappropriate to the gravity of the predicament that faces us all. I've always been free from hope. It's never been one of my great solaces. I feel that more and more we're invited to make ourselves strong and cheerful..... I think that it was Ben Jonson who said, I have studied all the theologies and all the philosophies, but cheerfulness keeps breaking through. As quoted in [http://www.webheights.net/speakingcohen/feb93.htm "The Joking Troubadour of Gloom" in The Daily Telegraph (26 April 1993)]

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„There is a crack in everything.
That's how the light gets in.“

— Leonard Cohen, Selected Poems, 1956-1968
Context: Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. "Anthem"

„I see you standing on the other side.
I don't know how the river got so wide.“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: p>I see you standing on the other side. I don't know how the river got so wide. I loved you, baby, way back when. And all the bridges are burning that We might have crossed and I feel so close to everything that we've lost. We'll never, we'll never have to lose it again.Now I bid You farewell, I don't when I'll be back. They're moving us tomorrow to that tower down the track. But you'll be hearing from me, baby, long after I'm gone. I'll speaking to you sweetly From a window in the Tower Of Song</p "[http://www.lyricsfreak.com/l/leonard+cohen/tower+of+song_20082815.html Tower Of Song]" - [http://vimeo.com/13286028 Tower of Song with U2, Video]

„I was tumbled up with them
In formless circumstance.“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: All busy in the sunlight The flecks did float and dance, And I was tumbled up with them In formless circumstance. "Love Itself"

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„Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone.“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: Oh the sisters of mercy, they are not departed or gone. They were waiting for me when I thought that I just can't go on. And they brought me their comfort and later they brought me this song. Oh I hope you run into them, you who've been travelling so long. "Sisters of Mercy"

„Although only one man may be receiving the favors of a woman, all men in her presence are warmed.“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: Although only one man may be receiving the favors of a woman, all men in her presence are warmed. That's the great Generosity of women and the great generosity of the Creator who worked it out is that there are no unilateral agreements on sexuality. Spoken in "Ladies and Gentlemen, Leonard Cohen" (1965)

„When it all comes down to dust I will kill you if I must, I will help you if I can.“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: When it all comes down to dust I will kill you if I must, I will help you if I can. When it all comes down to dust I will help you if I must, I will kill you if I can. "Story of Isaac"

„I'm crazy for love but
I'm not coming on.
I'm just paying my rent everyday
In the Tower Of Song.“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: My friends are gone and My hair is grey. I ache in the places where I used to play. And I'm crazy for love but I'm not coming on. I'm just paying my rent everyday In the Tower Of Song. "Tower Of Song"

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„There's a blaze of light in every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: You say I took the name in vain I don't even know the name But if I did, well really, what's it to you? There's a blaze of light in every word It doesn't matter which you heard The holy or the broken Hallelujah "Hallelujah"

„I come from a country where we do not have the same struggles as you have. I respect your struggles. And it may surprise you, but I respect both sides of this struggle.“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: I come from a country where we do not have the same struggles as you have. I respect your struggles. And it may surprise you, but I respect both sides of this struggle. It seems to be that in Europe there needs to be a left foot and a right foot to move forward. I wish that both feet move forward and the body moves towards its proper destiny. This is an intense country; the people are heroic, the spirit is independent. It is a difficult country to govern, it needs a strong government and a strong union. … I would like to say to you, to the leaders of the left, and the leaders of the right, I sing... I sing for everyone. My song has no flag, my song has no party. And I say the prayer, that we said in our synagogue, I say it for the leader of your union and the leader of your party. May the Lord put a spirit, a wisdom and understanding into the hearts of your leaders and into the hearts of all their counsellors. Introducing "Who by Fire"

„And you want to travel with her,
And you want to travel blind,
And you know that she will trust you,
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind.“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river. You can hear the boats go by, You can spend the night beside her, And you know that she's half crazy But that's why you want to be there, And she feeds you tea and oranges That come all the way from China. And just when you mean to tell her That you have no love to give her Then she gets you on her wavelength And she lets the river answer That you've always been her lover. And you want to travel with her, And you want to travel blind, And you know that she will trust you, For you've touched her perfect body with your mind. "Suzanne" - [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_56ep729TE Isle of Wight performance (1970)] - [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snMOmHzgssk Live in London (2008)]

„O you've seen that man before
his golden arm dispatching cards
but now it's rusted from the elbow to the finger“

— Leonard Cohen
Context: O you've seen that man before his golden arm dispatching cards but now it's rusted from the elbow to the finger And he wants to trade the game he plays for shelter "The Stranger Song" Alludes to the dealer in Nelson Algren's 1949 novel The Man with the Golden Arm.

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