What can we tell you about Leonard Cohen that you don't already know? He's a legend. An icon. This morning, because they know that CBC audiences have a greater connection to Cohen's music than anywhere else, his record label Sony gave CBC Radio 2 the exclusive first play of his new single from the forthcoming record Old Ideas, his first in eight years due to hit the shelves on January 31 of next year. The single is called Show Me The Place and you can listen to it on CBC Radio 2's website or below:
Tom Allen, host of Radio 2 Shift said:
"Show Me The Place is a song of surrender. Common values would suggest once you've seen standing ovations by audiences across the globe, that you might think you should be calling the shots, but Cohen is too wise for that. He's been to the mountaintop, and glimpsed beyond, and is here to tell us the best we can do is to give in. In his capable hands and with his basement-deep voice, we do it thankfully."
If listening to that track has got you in a little bit of a Leonard Cohen mood, check out some of the things he's done with CBC over his long career, starting with his interview for Q with Jian Ghomeshi:
This interview with Cohen is from 1966, where he talks about his passion for singing and writing:
Here he is, again in 1966, with Adrienne Clarkson:
And in 2003, it was Adrienne Clarkson, then Governor General, who awarded Cohen with Canada's top honour, making him a Companion to the Order of Canada.