Saturday 20 January 2018

Cohen's death has robbed us of a giant of music and poetry

Profound: Leonard Cohen. Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images
Profound: Leonard Cohen. Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty Images
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I am simply heartbroken. Having just heard of Leonard Cohen's passing, I feel as if a member of my family has died. Cohen has been a constant soundtrack in my adult life, giving me inspiration in times of joy as well as comfort in times of sadness.

His concert in Lissadell House in 2010 was the most incredible musical experience of my life as the then 78-year-old master sang his heart out in a four-hour tribute to his poetic muse, Yeats.

This tiny figure filled the stage as only a musical giant could do and held the audience spellbound as sheets of lighting flashed across Ben Bulben in the rain-swept backdrop; 'Suzanne' followed 'So Long Marian' which followed 'First We Take Manhattan' as Mr Cohen lead up to my all-time favourite 'The Stranger', bringing tears to my eyes.

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