Remember when we could still sing songs? A great song can be sung by anybody. But, rarely does a cover equal or surpass a true original. A good cover will shoot a ray of light on the original artist, and after that media blitz is over, will you continue to compose or create? The greats do. Leonard Cohen did.
Some covers of Leonard's work are legendary. His songs helped other artists’ careers. Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell, Joe Cocker, Jennifer Warnes and Jeff Buckley are but a few. Everybody Knows originally appeared on the 1988 album "I'm Your Man" to very little impact. In 1995, Don Henley covered it just to implore fans to buy it.
Unknown, yet great artists and their songs are like a time bomb, a land mine. It's lying in wait. It’s waiting to go off when you stumble upon it, and detonate above your head. You’ll be blown away by its truth when you finally discover it.
Because a great song/work of art, is forever.
Pushing the envelope was key, and the music spoke for him, because he wasn't speaking at all. He'd checked out, joined a monastery, lost all his money, and went on tour. He was in search of pleasure, experienced the pain. Leonard Cohen was a seeker.
And died November 7, 2016.