Laurie Brown on the comfort of hearing Leonard Cohen's voice

The CBC broadcaster looks back at her time spent interviewing Leonard Cohen over the years.
Canadian singer Leonard Cohen has died at the age of 82. (AFP/Getty Images)

CBC broadcaster Laurie Brown has interviewed Leonard Cohen a few times over the years and there was one thing that particularly struck her when asked if she noticed a change in him every time they spoke. 

"As his voice grew lower, he started to sound like, it's a cold and frigid Montreal morning and you're trying to hear a truck start out on the road — he started to sound like that," she says, with a laugh. "That was sort of the quintessential Canadian voice.

"As he got older, he explained that his emotions were getting bigger," she continues. "He would feel more sad and more happy; he would feel more attentive and more out of it; he would feel more competent and more withdrawn." 

But when Brown summarized what she will remember about Cohen most, she answered: "I will remember him as a searcher and I think he is an inspiration to people who feel like they are on the verge of collapse." 


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