jazzville skyline: ‘…you want it leonard…’

…jazzville skyline…
by rocky-o

“…you want it leonard…”

In my life, sadly, I have lived thru too many passings, not only of a personal nature, but also those who have been such a personal influence on my life from afar…

Leonard Cohen is such a person…and, as many know, he recently passed, leaving us with one last album before he left, appropriately titled, ‘You Want It Darker’…

Adding to his already previous canon of brilliant, often dark, masterpieces, the man who came up with ‘Bird On A Wire’, ‘Chelsea Hotel #2’, ‘Anthem’, ‘First We Take Manhattan’, ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’, ‘The Future’, ‘If It Be Your Will’, ‘Famous Blue Raincoat’, and so many more to mention, now has songs like ‘Treaty’, ‘Traveling Light’, and the title track, ‘You Want It Darker, to add to his definitive work…

In fact, every track on this album is so brilliant, that it is indeed at the very top of my list as best album of the year…It begins with the title track, in an almost prophetic funeral chant that leads into a beat and lyrics that will send chills up your spine…

And this is DEFINITELY an album to listen to…This is not just background music while you’re cleaning the toilet or texting the electors for a change…These lyrics are not only brilliant on their own, but also with a definite premonition of days left to come…

Tracks like ‘Steer Your Way’, ‘If I Didn’t Have Your Love’, and ‘Leaving The Table’ are lyrical depth charges now knowing what we know…and it probably wouldn’t have been so unexpected had this album been heard prior to his leaving…

One great sadness is thinking about not being able to see him perform these live, whether in person or on dvd…I bet they would have been incredible…

But by any event…in his leaving, he fortunately left us with this intimate reminder of his soul exposed…


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