There will always be that person in our lives that we all look up to, a person who has inspired us to follow dreams and become somebody in this world. Some people may consider their parents as their childhood heroes, but to me, Leonard Cohen is the one who really influenced me as a person.
I first heard of Leonard Cohen from my father. He was listening to “Tower of Song” and I immediately got hooked on it. So I decided to borrow his “I’m Your Man” album and listen to it in my room. I found it very beautiful. The lyrics and the melody are exceptional.
I immediately looked up the chords of the song and tried to learn it on my own using my father’s guitar. It entertained me a lot, especially that was the time when my parents were having an ugly divorce. Music kept me sane and I got inspiration from his lyrics, his poems and his novels. It was a way for me to take a break from my personal life. I felt like his words became my words to live by. .
I practiced every day and night until I have perfected to play “Tower of Song”. I was so proud of myself. The next song I learned to play is “Suzzane”. I chose it to be the next song to learn because I wanted to play it for my girlfriend who has the same name. Unfortunately, I only perfected it after we broke up. That was a bummer.
I also admire how he wrote all of his songs. In every song, he is telling a story and he is very good at creating a world where you can easily relate to what he was saying. Even if you are just a listener, you feel like you are part of the story he is telling. Listening to his songs is very engaging
I really think that Leonard Cohen is one of them most underrated artists out there. He is a brilliant man who is very talented and has lots to offer to the world. He deserves to be celebrated and appreciated.