Oh we don’t go to church anymore
made her realize, how much she missed
that, his belief, casting bygones gone, when
forgiven was a stage everyone got to walk across,
acting lead parts.
Easier times, with enough space to wonder aloud,
wander through, no one jumping to bets why,
only questions, and time enough to say, everyone
waiting for reasons, everyone waiting for you to say
Vs.ii © Tara Linda 4/19/17
Leonard Cohen’s acceptance speech. His endless grace must be the reason the Muses favor him so deeply. Though the speech is around 10 minutes long- its power and beauty are unforgettable.
“Poetry comes from a place that no one commands, that no one conquers. So I feel somewhat like a charlatan to accept an award for an activity which I do not command. In other words, if I knew where the good songs came from I would go there more often.” Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen’s acceptance speech below is, as we’d expect, powerful and deeply moving. His endless grace must be the reason the Muses favor him so in both his poetry and music. Though the speech is around 10 minutes long- its beauty and message are unforgettable and well-worth the time. He tells here some of the inspiration behind his finding his voice in his poetry. If that isn’t enough, he also reveals where his songs come from! He links both firmly to the Spanish people and culture that have enriched his path over the years. The end moved me to tears… Exquisite beauty. Happy to hear he will be releasing a new album next year, the first in 7 years. 😉