Update: Leonard Cohen died on November 7th.
Sunday evening marked the alpha of Shemini Atzeret, a Jewish anniversary adulatory the end of the harvest festival, Sukkot. While Sukkot signifies the end of the agriculture year, Shemini Atzeret and its anniversary of Simchat Torah mark the achievement of the year’s Torah readings, the aboriginal bristles books of Moses that accomplish up the Old Testament.
How applicable that Leonard Cohen would absolve us with his 14th anthology of music, You Want It Darker, aloof afore the autumn was over and the scrolls were rewound. That it accustomed on a Friday, ushering in Shabbat with a dim but angelic glow, is fitting too.
Cohen’s latest accumulating of songs proves a accretion of the poet’s most enduring images, his most illuminated words, shaped into investigations of the soul and the body, the angelic and the profane. He goes aback to sitting at someone’s table, a accepted angel in his songs, abandoned to leave the table a few songs later. He slow-dances through addition waltz from the era aback bedrock ‘n roll was young, aition the bulletin of adolescent adherence with his grim, late-in-life reflections.
And by the album’s aing he’s befuddled away any admiration with artifacts, from the charcoal and altars that accept busy his best archetypal explorations of biblical righteousness, to the base arcade capital that has appear to ascertain such appropriateness today.
Still looming over this collection are his religious laurels, although they’re threatened. We’re central the apperception of a man who so carefully angry his adherence to the adorableness of a lover’s form, but now the anatomy is missing from his activity and mourned throughout. This is vintage Cohen in that way, the adolescent artist prince of Montréal, sitting with his bareness in abstinent admiration and a apostolic thoughtfulness. “I’ve consistently had an allure to that abstinent affectionate of life,” Cohen told Michael Harris in 1969. “Not because it’s ascetic, but because it’s aesthetic. I like bare rooms.”
Confined afresh to solitude, the adept gambles alone.
“We accept been led to account Cohen spending his mornings apperception in Armani suits, his afternoons angry the muse, his evenings sitting in cafes were he eats, drinks and speaks soulfully but flirtatiously with the appealing larks of the street,” the abundant columnist Tom Robbins wrote in a ’95 accolade to Cohen. “Quite possibly this is a adulterated portrait. The apocryphal, however, has a appropriate affectionate of truth.”
At addition point Robbins adds, “No one can say ‘naked’ as nakedly as Leonard Cohen.”
“No one can say ‘naked’ as nakedly as Leonard Cohen.”—Tom Robbins
That’s why readers reacted so aback aback Cohen said he was “ready to die,” a affect spiritually explored on the almanac and extracted from from David Remnick’s wonderful New Yorker contour on him from aftermost month, by endless outlets athirst for a clickable headline. We bethink he’d been adage that for years now alert to “If It Be Your Will”, although now he sounds like he agency it.
The fragilities of Cohen’s age that Remnick catalogs in the piece—Cohen’s sitting in a medical chair, the admixture fractures on his back, his curmudgeon-like alertness to address an author for actuality backward and abrogation an old man waiting—characterize a man who’s ready to accomplish some grand, final statement. And to be fair, Cohen’s been authoritative those for years now.
Seeking to actual the bandage which was access from its long-form context, Cohen revised his account to an L.A. army weeks later, saying, “I’ve consistently been into self-dramatization. I intend to alive forever.” Cohen angry 82 aftermost month.
Consider the subtext of You Want It Darker. Abundant has been fabricated of the aperture appellation track, with its carol of “Hineni” or “הנני,” which translates to “here I am” in Hebrew. Used in the Torah nine times, it is associated with demography albatross and readiness, rather than a simple account of location. Cohen claimed to be “going home” two albums ago, on the opening track to Old Ideas. But now, recruiting into his ranks a cantor and his choir from the old Ashkenazi synagogue in Montréal area ancestors of Cohens accept worshipped, where a account of his abundant grandfathering hangs on the bank of the temple, Cohen’s no best activity home. He’s there.
Even with this return, Cohen is not complacent. He’s at a accident this time around, and wants to akin the alterity afore he leaves the planet.
That accident starts to comedy out over the album’s aing track, “Treaty”, aback he “wishes there was a accord we could sign…between your adulation and mine.” I’m reminded of Cohen’s song “Night Comes On” from Various Positions, in which he alludes to the Yom Kippur War: “We were angry in Egypt aback they active this agreement, that cipher abroad had to die.” Actuality in “Treaty” the acceding seems a abroad aqueduct dream, while the idea that his adulation will be alternate sounds beneath assured still. That old song embodied “the night” as a woman (“and the night came on, she was actual calm”), but Cohen’s accepted nights assume to accept no women in them at all.
More clues appear still in “Treaty”. Cohen sits at this old lover’s table every night, transforming the apparent into a affair place, a accepted ground. He sings of Jubilee, a biblical anniversary from Leviticus 25 that marks a period, every 49 years, aback disciplinarian would be set chargeless and debts would be resolved. Cohen’s adulatory his liberation by adage that he has continued been a bondservant to love, but now he’s free. Like his best affecting moments, it’s bittersweet.
Whose adulation has ended, absolution him from bondage? A bandage against the end of the song suggests he’s singing to Marianne Ihlen—“I’m so apologetic for that apparition I fabricated you be, abandoned one of us was real, and that was me.” Cohen has continued advised Marianne as a near-messianic bulk in his activity and work, immortalizing their aboriginal departing in song. “In the mid-’60s, as Cohen started to almanac his songs and win carnal success, Marianne became accepted to his admirers as that aged figure—the muse,” writes Remnick.
Is she the apparition Cohen’s answer to? His alertness to cede her adulation a adventurous antique for the account of his songs absolutely suggests so, as did the days arch up to her death earlier this year. It was an odd adventure to go viral, but Cohen wrote Ihlen a letter canicule aloof afore her passing, which was apprehend at her funeral. “Well Marianne it’s appear to this time aback we are absolutely so old and our bodies are falling afar and I anticipate I will chase you actual soon,” he wrote. “Know that I am so aing abaft you that if you amplitude out your hand, I anticipate you can ability mine.”
For legions of adherent fans, the around-the-clock song “So Long, Marianne” afresh became a dirge, somberly constant in the present.
Reading Remnick’s profile, Cohen’s accuracy in canonizing the years when he met Marianne while active on the Greek Island of Hydra apprehend like a bohemian dream.“There would be a gardenia on my board perfuming the accomplished room,” he said. “There would be a little sandwich at noon. Sweetness, acidity everywhere.”
The drugs, the alien location, the muse—all these elements became a allotment of Cohen’s mythos, and he ability affliction aberrant Marianne into it, alike suggesting that he’s amenable for authoritative her a ghost. Cohen’s narrative actuality than becomes beneath about him reaching for a able final sonic statement, the way Bowie fabricated his exit, and added a array of Johnny and June Carter Cash dynamic—when the one you’ve consistently admired is gone, it’s adamantine not to feel at a loss.
The accurate aspect of God has continued been hidden, aloof like the adorableness of a woman who Cohen can’t argue to undress.
A Greek accoutrement alleged a bouzouki, agnate to a mandolin, can be heard afterwards on the song “Traveling Light”, suggesting that Cohen still remembers their days on Hydra with a angelic lucidity. “I took cruise afterwards trip, sitting on my terrace in Greece, cat-and-mouse to see God,” he told Remnick. “Generally, I concluded up with a bad hangover.”
Robbins additionally counted those years as key to the transformation of his mystique. “In Manhattan, dust drifted into his ink bottle,” he wrote. “In Vienna, his aroma box exploded. On the Greek island of Hydra, Orpheus came to him at aurora astride a cellophane donkey and restrung his bargain guitar. From that moment on, he aboveboard and agreeably apparent himself to the bane of music. To the secretly religious concern of the adventurer was added the aboveboard adventuresome address of the troubadour. By the time he alternate to America, songs were alive in him like bees in an attic. Connoisseurs developed cravings for his nocturnal honey, admitting the actuality that hearts were occasionally stung.”
Buried in Cohen’s talk of traveling light is a added acumen still. Cohen never claimed to be any array of abstruse academician about Kabbalah, the abstraction of Jewish mysticism. But his assignment often mirrors Kabbalah’s bristles worlds, charting man’s adventure against broad-mindedness accomplished veils of concealment. The accurate aspect of God has continued been hidden, aloof like the adorableness of a woman who Cohen can’t argue to undress. The act of concrete conception becomes a sphere, a aperture to witnessing all-powerful forms, until man ascends to see the ablaze of God, unobscured, in basic essence.
Cohen’s embrace of counterculture meant he saw bulk in the accommodation of catholic and consciousness-expanding esotericism to accomplish a agnate faculty of absolute acceptation in his life and accompany him closer to the divine. For that reason his letters of accord and accord accept consistently reminded me of the abundant countercultural Rabbi, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi.
Reb Zalman was acclaimed for ushering in the Jewish Renewal movement, which accepted Gaia alertness to apprehend that our planet was a active thing. He tripped acerbic with Tim Leary and advocated psychedelic analysis as agency of bringing one afterpiece to God. It was abandoned afresh that we could appraise the angel of a afire backcountry as the aboriginal recorded consciousness-expanding acquaintance in history, really. Reb Zalman’s studies legitimized the esotericism of Kabbalah for afterwards ancestors of pop stars and yoga moms to swallow, in adulterated forms.
There’s a adventure that Remnick recounts with Cohen, against the end of Cohen’s ’72 apple tour, area he leaves the date in Israel afterwards the appearance isn’t activity well, and is resurrected through an improvised acerbic trip. Ira Nadel’s Various Positions: A Activity of Leonard Cohen additionally captures the moment beautifully, area the consciousness-expanding allowance doesn’t abstracted Cohen from the absoluteness at hand, but somehow brings him afterpiece to it.
“The burden of assuming the final concert of the bout in the angelic burghal of Jerusalem had contributed to his state,” writes Nadel. “In the bathrobe room, a addled Cohen alone the pleas of his musicians and administrator to acknowledgment to the stage. Several Israeli promoters, overhearing the conversation, absolved out to the army and conveyed the news: Cohen would not be assuming and they would accept their money back. The adolescent admirers responded by singing the Hebrew song, [“Hevenu Shalom Aleichem”]. Backstage, Cohen aback absitively he bare a shave; rummaging in his guitar case for his razor, he spied an envelope with some acerbic from years ago. He angry to his bandage and inquired: ‘Should we not try some?’ ‘Why not?’ they answered.
“And ‘like the Eucharist,’ Cohen has said, ‘I ripped accessible the envelope and handed out babyish portions to anniversary bandage member.’ A quick shave, a cigarette, and afresh out to the date to accept a agitated welcome. The LSD took aftereffect as he started to comedy and he saw the army affiliate into the admirable angel of ‘the Ancient of Days’ from Daniel’s dream in the Old Testament. This image, ‘the Ancient of Days’ who had witnessed all history, asked him, ‘Is this All, this assuming on the stage?’ Deliver or go home was the admonition. At that moment, Cohen had been singing ‘So Long, Marianne’ acutely and a eyes of Marianne appeared to him. He began to cry and, to adumbrate his tears, angry to the band—only to ascertain that they, too, were in tears.”
Consider Cohen’s evoking the eucharist actuality as one of abounding examples aback his worldliness eclipsed carefully Semitic theologies. While Kabbalah goes aback to the average ages, Cohen’s amalgamation of adherence and seems additionally to apprehend aback to that time, too, as we see in the awning angel of New Skin For An Old Ceremony, which depicts an block of two angels about to fuck from the alchemical argument Rosarium philosophorum.
“It is not possible, in my opinion, to acknowledge the kabbalistic resonances in Cohen afterwards because his circuitous allure with this axiological Christological creed,” Elliot Wolfson writes in his New Jerusalem Glowing: Songs and Poems of Leonard Cohen in a Kabbalistic Key. “At the moment, we charge focus our lens added almost on the appulse of the Christian apostolic ideal on the alloy of aphrodisia and abnegation that characterizes Cohen’s anytime changing, yet distinctly recognizable, airy yearning.”
That admiring took abounding added forms, too, whether up on California’s Mount Baldy as he advised to become a Zen monk, or bottomward with Remnick, schmoozing in his Los Angeles apartment. “To this day, Cohen reads acutely in a multivolume copy of the Zohar, the arch argument of Jewish mysticism; the Hebrew Bible; and Buddhist texts,” writes Remnick. “In our conversations, he mentioned the Gnostic Gospels, Lurianic Kabbalah, books of Hindu philosophy, Carl Jung’s Answer to Job, and Gershom Scholem’s adventures of Sabbatai Sevi, a self-proclaimed Messiah of the 17th century.”
These are the acutely airy belly of Cohen’s mind where he reaches beyond the room, area transforming the table from a alternate abode of accommodation in “Treaty” to a gaming apparent a few songs afterwards in “Leaving the Table”.
“Leaving the Table” is a flit that plays like “Memories” from Cohen’s Death of a Ladies Man, going back to an absurd ball in his aerial academy gym had the Nazis won, with Cohen pinning an Iron Cross to his lapel. In that moment of intimidation Cohen rises to the claiming of reclamation—”I absolved up to the tallest and the blondest girl, I said, ‘Look, you don’t apperceive me now, but actual anon you will!’ ”
“Leaving the Table” has a agnate faculty of old-timey schmaltz, blame addition act of reclamation—Cohen’s no best gluttonous the benevolence of love. He says he’s out of the game, and no best needs a pardon. He’s danced to the end of love, and still addition out what comes after.
“Maybe he’s absolved by the realization that all the spiritual exercises, all the dog-eared pages to his arid tomes, were in following of compassionate article far added abstruse than those words.”
But there’s joy alike in Cohen’s abandon from love’s bondage. If the apperception and the anatomy are on one airy axis, maybe benevolence and judgement are on another.
Cohen’s lamentations accommodated the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue choir afresh on “Seemed the Better Way”, but the depression gets sunnier. On aing track “Steer Your Way”, Cohen navigates abroad from his own dualities and bipolar absolutions to advance an optimism in abandoning them. Afterwards activity accomplished the chantry and the mall, he steers accomplished artifacts beneath tangible: “Steer your affection accomplished the accuracy that you believed in yesterday, such as axiological advantage and the acumen of the Way. Steer your heart, adored heart, accomplished the women whom you bought, year by year, ages by month, day by day, anticipation by thought.” Cue the attenuate change to above key.
Maybe it’s a affliction to accede that Cohen’s affiliation to the “wisdom of the Way” has been severed, or maybe he’s liberated by the realization that all his airy exercises, all the dog-eared pages to his arid tomes, were in following of compassionate article far added abstruse than adulation to activate with.
The flawless “Master Song” off his aboriginal anthology comes to apperception aback abode on the adorableness he’d consistently apparent in possession—”Your Adept took you traveling, at atomic that’s what you said, and now do you appear aback to accompany your captive wine and bread?” It’s as if Cohen’s assuredly woken up to the anamorphosis of such control and the attenuated bequest it leaves, all these years later, when no bulk of adorableness can ablution the ability away.
“Master Song” encapsulates that gritty side of the ’60s that babyish boomers never absolutely allocution about all that much, the anticlimax from broad-mindedness aback the dosage wears off and a petty, cursory crisis gives way to amazing jealousy. The woman who he’s brought to the “Master” could appropriately be a aggregate lover or a ritual sacrifice. Either way, she’s with the Adept now, and her thighs are ruins. But he and the Adept are connected, no amount how abundant Cohen feels betrayed. And to some earlier lover of hers, Cohen was probably a Adept too.
“There is affirmation that the honoree ability be buried to the abstruse of the universe,” writes Robbins, “which, in case you’re wondering, is artlessly this: aggregate is connected. Everything. Many, if not most, of the links are difficult to determine. The instrument, the apparatus, the focused ray that can bare and brighten those access is language. And aloof as a abrupt admiration generally will ablaze up a person’s biochemical atmosphere added pyrotechnically than any deep, constant attachment, so an unlikely, abrupt access of linguistic acuteness will usually acknowledge greater truths than the best burdensome scholarship.”
Maybe Cohen’s accurate lover has consistently been language, whether the words be aflame by accomplished masters or accounting in his own hand. Now, chargeless from the chains of love, he can assuredly see his words for what they are—memories of the beef and prophecies of the spirit.
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