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Peter Martin
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Canadian singer, songwriter, poet Leonard Cohen has died aged 82.

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Shaun Barry
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I wasn't the biggest fan, and I realize he's an acquired taste (let's say Cohen was a stronger poet than he was a singer), but I was a fan nonetheless.

RIP


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RIP

A huge loss



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Brian Hague
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This one hits especially hard.

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Rich Marzullo
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2016 strikes again...

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Jason Scott
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I always found his 'Everbody Knows' to be especially haunting.

Yet another huge loss....R.I.P. Mr Cohen.
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Peter Martin
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One of the  things I find interesting in his music is how certain songs blossomed when other singer covered them. Jennifer Warnes did an album of Cohen covers and it reveals how strong the melodies are for the likes of Ain't No Cure For Love, Bird on a Wire and Famous Blue Raincoat, to name just a few.

When he sings them, it's like a sketch, hinting at the full melody -- and often he utilised choirs of backing singers in order to bring out the fullness of the tune on his own records.

Put that with his fine lyrics and you have a rare talent for crafting songs. 
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Stephen Churay
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Great songwriter.
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Brian Hague
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Tori Amos's take on his "Famous Blue Raincoat" is beautifully layered and amazing.

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When I was still living in Canada, I used to have the radio on to keep me company as I worked. Not music, as I found that distracting, but talk shows, which became a kind of white noise in the background.

One show I listened to regularly was MY MUSIC, a BBC panel show on which celebrity guests tried to guess tunes from the smallest of clues. Mostly it was about people talking about what they knew of various songs, composers, any sort of trivia, really.

One day as I bent over my board a song was referenced I knew immediately, but the panel had a moment of trouble naming the composer. A most unfortunate moment, as it turned out, as one of the panelists offered "Oh, yes, yes. What's his name? That Canadian kike."

There have been times in my life when I have been stopped in my tracks by something that someone has said or done, but that throwaway line is hard to beat for shock effect. To my amazement, the rest of the panel and the moderator didn't even blink. The show went on in its dry, witty Britty way.

Unfortunately, the moment stuck that phrase in my head, and any mention of Leonard Cohen has brought it oozing up out of the deep mire at the back of my head.

Cohen was a great talent. He will be missed.

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