Welcome to Your Song — A Community Collaboration! On March 2, By DanicaPicheIn Creative Writing & Music Mash-Up

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For the readers that know me, they’ll be saying, “Of course Ivor will be writing about Leonard Cohen as his favourite singer/songwriter”. And that’s so true. I’ve actually never written an article about Leonard Cohen, and I’m feeling quite apprehensive about doing so. I’m thinking that what ever I try to say, will be totally inadequate to do justice to my  inspiration, my saviour, my source of solace through troubled times, and my soothsayer in everything that I try to achieve in my writings. The featured photo above is of my first two Vinyl LP’s by Leonard. On the right, “Songs Of Leonard Cohen” 1967, and on the left, the famous photo of Marianne on the cover of his second Album, “Songs From A Room” 1969. Marianne died 3 months before Leonard Cohen, and here is a piece of what he wrote to her just before she passed.   “our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.” * And below the return letter, that was published on The Leonard Cohen Facebook site, after he had passed, November 7th 2019.

*Wikipedia, Leonard Cohen.

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And now I’m feeling quite emotional, and all my friends on WordPress will be saying, “Ivor will be crying now”, and yes, they’re right too. Best I move on to a few of my favourite songs(all his songs are my favourites), from his first LP, “One Of Us Cannot Be Wrong”

And I think it’s appropriate that I choose a song from his last Album, which was released only a month before Leonard passed at the age of 83, “You Want It Darker”, and the stand-out track for me is, “If I Didn’t Have Your Love”, the lyrics are superbly sublime.

There’s so much more I would like to write, but I’ll leave that up to the Biographers. I shall mention a favourite poem of mine, also written by Leonard late in his life, a reasonably long poem, but well worth the read, “Happens To The Heart” . https://www.leonardcohenfiles.com/happens.html    . In closing below is an article, also posted on The Leonard Cohen Facebook site, by his son Adam.   And a big thank you to Danica for giving me the opportunity/prompt to present a post about Leonard Cohen.


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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

33 thoughts on “Welcome to Your Song — A Community Collaboration! On March 2, By DanicaPicheIn Creative Writing & Music Mash-Up”

  1. He was a true genius and I’m not at all surprised that you had a bit of a trouble to write about him as he’s your favourite artist/musician. Sometimes it can be that way and I think that’s probably even a good thing.
    Have a lovely weekend, Ivor and thank you for the music – it’s going to make my day! 💕

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  2. Oh what you wrote about his letter to Marianne and the reply that came AND that they said so long Marianne to her got me too. Thank you for sharing! My mom is a huge Cohen fan too (i once had tickets to go see him with her but I was ill) so I immediately heard so long Marianne in his voice. Admittedly just paused writing this to put the song on! Great post, Ivor. 😊🌹

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    1. Thanks Arbie, yes I fortunate and privileged to go and see him perform up in Melbourne, when he was doing one of his World tours 2009. 😊 The show was stunning and I’ve got the DVD of the show, I’d played the DVD so much that it wore out and I had to buy another one 😊

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  3. That beautiful, beautiful man never let us down, did he…
    I love the things his son, Adam said about him. Thank you for sharing this loving post about our hero, Ivor.
    The tears are flowing as I write this xxx

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  4. When some one or something touched me it becomes part of me
    For the rest of my life,memories are few and far as the years pass by,a connection makes all the difference when it comes to finding that comfort when the years I have and the reality in which I occupied. As life leads me Down the path the return comrs when the space in between

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  5. Nice post.
    I remember back when You Want It Darker came out. I reviewed.and listened to it a lot the day he died.
    It helped make me a little less sad that day. The same as Blackstar did for me on Bowie’s death earlier that year.

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