As Leonard Cohen says goodbye to Marianne for the last time, it’s a good day to treasure this melancholic poet and gravelly-voiced singer.
It would be hard to be a Canadian of my age and not have a favourite Cohen song. I say that as if I know it to be true, and I certainly don’t. But I feel it to be true. There are, after all, so many wonderful songs to choose from . . .
And, of course, a song of which he says, in this clip, that the rights were stolen from him, and he thought that was OK. Because it would be wrong to get to write this song and to get rich from it, too.
This is one of a series on Canadian national treasures – my sesquicentennial project. They reflect people (living and dead), places and things that I think are worth celebrating about our country, and are done in no order of precedence.