Cross Country Checkup

What are your thoughts on the life & death of Leonard Cohen?

Canada's poet, singer, philosopher of desire, and self described "grocer of despair" has died at the age of 82. His art touched the lives and the work of people and artists around the globe. What will you remember Leonard Cohen for?
Leonard Cohen Listens to partner Anjani Thomas sing to thousands of people, while taking a seat at the back of the stage during a free concert on Saturday, May. 13, 2006 in Toronto, Ont. (CP PHOTO/Nathan Denette)

Canada's poet, singer, philosopher of desire, and self described "grocer of despair" has died at the age of 82. His art touched the lives and the work of people and artists around the globe. What are your thoughts on the life and death of Leonard Cohen?

Host of Cross Country Checkup, Duncan McCue.
He was a poet, author, and singer-songwriter. A ladies man, a gentleman, a Buddhist monk, a melancholic bard, whose music and writing defied convention and won devotees worldwide. But he was ours too: Canadian through-and-through.

Leonard Cohen passed away this week at the age of 82. He was laid to rest in a Jewish ceremony in Montreal: the city so very woven into his music and his art. Since the news of his death, hundreds have gathered outside his Montreal home to hold vigil and pay tribute.

His words live on, of course. Songs about love and sex, longing and loneliness, verses full of ache and beauty reminding us of the sorrows and the joy of living.

For many, this past week has been a dark one when it comes to global politics. Many nights this week were marked by protests and fury in the United States by those who can't accept the election results quietly. Some are feeling bewildered and confused, and some sought solace in Leonard Cohen's words: "There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in."

Our question: What are your thoughts on the life and death of Leonard Cohen?

Guests

Michele Forest, worked on a film with Leonard Cohen

Anna McGarrigle, award winning folk music singer and songwriter

Carl Wilson, Slate music critic, author of Let`s Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste.
Twitter: @carlzoilus

Anne Lagacé Dowson, Montreal broadcaster and a former guest host of Cross Country Checkup
Twitter: @alagacedowson

Judy Collins American singer songwriter
Twitter: @TheJudyCollins

Neema, Montreal singer-songwriter 
Twitter: @nadineneema

Links & Articles

In the show

CBC.ca

Rolling Stone Magazine

Montreal Gazette

Maclean's Magazine

Other sources

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