In a recent interview where he discussed his latest (and last) album, Leonard Cohen, one of the world’s finest poet’s poet, hinted that he had nothing more to say or do. That might be the best time and way to say good bye. At closing time.
The episode is mentioned here in this thoughtful obituary published today in Rolling Stone:
When the Grand Tour ended in December 2013, Cohen largely vanished from the public eye. In October 2016, he released You Want It Darker, produced by his son Adam. Severe back issues made it difficult for Cohen to leave his home, so Adam placed a microphone on his dining room table and recorded him on a laptop. The album was met with rave reviews, though a New Yorker article timed to its release revealed that he was in very poor health. “I am ready to die,” he said. “I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”
The singer-songwriter later clarified that he was “exaggerating.” “I’ve always been into self-dramatization,” Cohen said last month. “I intend to live forever.”
I’d like to think he moved on with a smile not unlike the ones he shares in this video. RIP.