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Watch Half Moon Run reflect on the human poetry of Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne' with their own cover

"It was the first time I'd had poetry where I didn't have to pretend that I liked it or try to get into some context of postmodernism or some shit like that."

'I didn't have to pretend I liked it or try to get into some context of postmodernism or some shit like that'

Half Moon Run cover Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne' and talk about reading it as poetry. 5:08

Like most Canadian musicians, singer/songwriter Devon Portielje from Half Moon Run has learned a lot from listening to Leonard Cohen.

Portielje reflects on the time Cohen's words made him weep — and taught him that it's the simple language that can cut clearly through to the human heart.

(CBC Arts)

Watch Devon and bandmate Conner Molander record the Montreal-inspired 1967 classic "Suzanne" for the Cohen-inspired exhibit, A Crack In Everything.

Catch A Crack in Everything at the Musée d'art contemporain de Montréal until April 9, 2018.

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