Photographer's Note

I wasn't going to post an image as a tribute to Leonard Cohen, but seeing that only one person had done so, this one is mine.
The Baby Boomers are losing their idols one by one. As a university student I used to listen to L.C. in the student library's music room. As a stranger in Melbourne I found his lyrics moving and insightful, his voice like a cry in the wilderness.
I hope Yahweh has received him with a smile that dried his tears and that he has been reunited with Maryanne, his muse and eternal love.

Photo taken in Ballarat, where I spent my teens.

The Age has an article about Cohen, written by Chris Johnson. I include a part of it concerning Leonard Cohen's most enigmatic song:

"That's because it's a riddle that we all think we know the answer to. One single meaning or narrative is absent. It can be many things, it can fit any circumstance, it can be profound and visceral for anyone about anything they deem meaningful to them.

It is holy and spiritual – even for atheists.

At the very least, it is about sex, religion and the complex (for most) act of writing a song: "Well it goes like this, the fourth, the fifth, the minor fall and the major lift." That first verse opens with the mystery of a "secret chord that David played and pleased the Lord" and ends with "the baffled King composing Hallelujah."

In between is the sardonic line "but you don't really care for music, do ya", reminding us that over and above the biblical references and theological cast, it's about, perhaps, a woman. Or women. Biblical women, maybe. "You saw her bathing on the roof … she tied you to her kitchen chair, and she broke your throne and she cut your hair."

Cohen once said it was about trying to make a secular world understand spirituality better. "I wanted to push the Hallelujah deep into the ordinary world. The Hallelujah, the David's Hallelujah, was still a religious song. So I wanted to indicate that Hallelujah can come out of things that have nothing to do with religion."

During a BBC interview Cohen explained his Hallelujah :

Talking to BBC’s Stuart Maconie, Cohen said: “The word ‘hallelujah’, of course, is so rich – it’s so abundant in resonances. It’s a wonderful word to sing, and people have been singing that word for thousands of years. It seems to call down some kind of beneficial energy… in the face of the kind of catastrophes that are manifesting everywhere, to say ‘hallelujah’ – to praise the energy that manifests both as good and evil, just to affirm our little journey here. It’s very invigorating to sing that word.”

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