In his proud, bald 74, Leonard Cohen have been someone who lived life on his very own skin, always... from being a Canadian young Jewish, the son of a tailor, to a lover's lover who had the most beautiful women on the planet in his palmares, a talented writer, a novelist (the superb Beautiful Losers and The Favourite Game, my fave ever) and a poet, he lived for long years in Hydra island, just ouside the Athens, Greece shores and, since few years ago, in a Zen monastery in California's hills... music always seem a marginal tool in his palette, anyway, being a polite, old-timey gentleman since his boyhood, his severe and minimalist musical approach has always been out-of-time and out-of-fashions... listen to any of his records... the first four/five the better... and you'll understand... like Bob Dylan or Nick Drake this so rare feature is a true God's gift... something any singer, composer or musican would sell his soul to Devil for...
On December issue, UK's MOJO Magazine shows Leonard Cohen in an intense portrait-shot is on the cover and a CD of LC's covers by young, talented musicians, pay homage to the old (!?!) master is enclosed for free to mag... WOW!
From Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds to Susanna and the Magical Orchestra (superb on Hallelujah) to Judy Collins... a special disk, indeed... great recording, too.
... also a nice, well informed interview which enlight on LC's last year, his being fond of live concerts experience etc...
Is it "serious music"? Yes, IMO... it's sincere, classical, able to stand the abuse of Nick Cave and others, still keeping an aplomb, giving shivers, moving... isn't enough, for songs like "Suzanne" et al. we listen to since 1967?
"Use your ears as your eyes" - Gertrude Stein