Many of us are familiar with the Canadian crooner, Leonard Cohen. He has, after all, been making music and writing poetry for 50 years. A sometimes controversial character in terms of his subjects (religion, sexuality and isolation are common themes), Cohen has always remained a respectable and influential artist.
Born in Montreal in 1935, Cohen is a recipient of the Order of Canada (the nation’s highest civilian honour) and has been inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame and the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He has also received numerous awards for his poetry and novels, including the recent Prince of Asturias award for literature. His song, Hallelujah, has been covered by almost 200 different artists around the world, perhaps most famously by the late singer/ songwriter Jeff Buckley.
Despite his 78 years of age, Leonard Cohen is still touring around the globe and showing everyone that he’s “still got it”. I personally have seen Leonard Cohen in concert twice and would see him again in a heartbeat. His charm, his manners and his talent can win over even the toughest audience. In the words of the 50-year-old woman wearing a neck brace in front of me at the last concert; “he’s too much for a girl to take!” In his own words, Leonard Cohen is “just a kid with a dream”.
Curiously, the City of Milwaukee has named Friday, March 15th, 2013 Leonard Cohen Day. The day is to celebrate the artist and the show he last played in Milwaukee in 1975, 38 years ago. While there has not been much information about what will actually be happening during the day, we can only hope that Mr. Cohen will be spending the day drinking tea on stage and sharing his “golden voice” with the world.
For more information on Leonard Cohen and to check out his 2013 tour dates, take a peek at his Official Website.
When: March 15th, 2013
Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
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