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Leonard Cohen - Suzanne
I don’t know how it’s taken me this long to get around to this obvious openers post: Suzanne, the opening track from Leonard Cohen’s first album (1967’s Songs of Leonard Cohen). A beautiful song that sets you up for the album to follow—and for the rest of Cohen’s recorded output, for that matter.
Many of you following this blog are probably familiar with Leonard Cohen, but for those who aren’t: yes, this song (and Cohen’s music in general) have a little bit of the Simon & Garfunkel sweet melancholy sound to them.
There is a difference, however. S&G’s bittersweet songs are the memories of hard times and love lost called up with a glass of wine, sitting in your comfortable suburban living room. Cohen’s songs are memories of hard times and love lost called up with a bottle of whatever’s cheap at the liquor store as you sit alone in your pay-by-the-week hotel room.
Just so you know. In case you find yourself suddenly brooding and misanthropic…