Leonard Cohen's Son, Adam Cohen, Writes a Tribute to His Late Father | Under the Radar - Music Magazine
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Leonard Cohen’s Son, Adam Cohen, Writes a Tribute to His Late Father

"There's so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time."

Nov 14, 2016 Photography by Wendy Lynch Redfern (for Under the Radar)
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Legendary singer/songwriter/poet Leonard Cohen's death was announced on Thursday even though he actually passed away last Monday. Now his son, Adam Cohen, has written a tribute to his father. Andy Cohen co-produced his father's final album, You Want It Darker, which was released just last month, and is also a musician in his own right, with five albums to his credit. Below is the text of what Andy wrote, taken from the original Facebook post, and a couple of Adam Cohen's songs.

"My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he'd asked. As I write this I'm thinking of my father's unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work. There's so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time. I'd thank him for the comfort he always provided, for the wisdom he dispensed, for the marathon conversations, for his dazzling wit and humor. I'd thank him for giving me, and teaching me to love Montreal and Greece. And I'd thank him for music; first for his music which seduced me as a boy, then for his encouragement of my own music, and finally for the privilege of being able to make music with him. Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father."



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