Pump up the Cohen

Leonard Cohen is a singer-songwriter, musician, poet and novelist extraordinaire. His work often deals with the exploration of religion, isolation, sexuality and interpersonal relationships. Famously reclusive, having once spent several years in a Zen Buddhist monastery, and possessing a persona frequently associated with mystique, he is extremely well-regarded by critics for his literary accomplishments, for the richness of his lyrics, and for producing an output of work of high artistic quality over a five-decade career. I first recall hearing his deep mysterious voice when Christan Slater’s character plays Cohen’s “Everybody Knows” on his pirate radio station in Pump Up the Volume, circa 1990, over 30 years into Cohen’s career. Here is the trailer to the film in case you forgot how awesome that movie was, Cohen is the first thing you hear in the trailer:

Here are my favorite original Cohen songs:

Everybody Knows

Hallelujah

Democracy

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