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welp, Leonard Cohen just died

I expected it soon, given some things he said in the recent New Yorker profile, I knew it was going to be very soon

but why precisely now

all together, in chorus:

FUCK

THIS

YEAR

and if anybody wants me I will be off trying to deal with grief for literally the first songwriter I ever heard whose songs made me think, when I was a small child, and realize that songs could make you feel things

Date: 2016-11-11 04:31 am (UTC)
cxcvi: A black escape key, detached from a keyboard, on a white background (Escape)
From: [personal profile] cxcvi
Everybody Knows reads like a prophecy, right now...

Fuck 2016 indeed.

Date: 2016-11-11 09:02 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cyphomandra
FUCK. THIS. YEAR.

I'm picking up my parents from the airport tomorrow morning - they're back from six weeks in Japan, they left three days after my mother retired, and at her retirement party a chorus of co-workers sang a filked version of "So Long Marianne" (my mother's first name is two syllables starting with M, and her middle name is Ann). Leonard Cohen is hugely important to my mum, and my sister and I were texting this afternoon with the news, neither of us wanting to tell her. Music, including Cohen, was a bridge between my mother and me during times when a lot of other connections went up in smoke, so there's that, but talking to her about it means talking to her about her mortality and after this week I just want to put my head under a duvet at the mere thought of it. I am selfishly hoping she finds out somewhere before they board the plane.

Date: 2016-11-11 09:59 am (UTC)
pegasuswrites: A white owl sitting on a brown branch (Default)
From: [personal profile] pegasuswrites
This year is the worst. :( Hope you feel better soon.

Date: 2016-11-11 06:55 pm (UTC)
watersword: Keira Knightley, in Pride and Prejudice (2007), turning her head away from the viewer, the word "elizabeth" written near (Default)
From: [personal profile] watersword
<3

Date: 2016-11-12 03:16 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kore
I expected it soon, given some things he said in the recent New Yorker profile, I knew it was going to be very soon

Yeah, and I was honestly selfishly hoping it would not be THIS year, or at least, not this month.

The albums he and Bowie both left us are pretty amazing. Dark guides.

Date: 2016-11-11 04:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nineweaving.livejournal.com
No.

God damn it.

Love you.

Nine

Date: 2016-11-11 07:06 am (UTC)
sovay: (PJ Harvey: crow)
From: [personal profile] sovay
all together, in chorus

Amen.

Date: 2016-11-11 07:35 am (UTC)
kore: (Poppy)
From: [personal profile] kore
This year is bad, bad, bad, bad, bad. Just....I don't even have words for it anymore.

Date: 2016-11-12 09:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] schreibergasse.livejournal.com
This year is bad, bad, bad, bad.

But for a lot of people I know, last year was - on a purely personal level - bad, bad, bad, bad as well.

We will keep fighting for a better future - for ourselves and for our world - just as we did through last year.

And as far as Leonard Cohen goes... He always, as far as I can make out, lived his life symbolically. Heartbreaking though it is, is it not better for him to die now, just as so many of our dreams have suddenly died? (Though we may hope for resurrection.)
Is it not better for us, to get our grieving over in one fell swoop of awful?
And anyway: do you think he would have wanted to live a little longer, only to die in Trump's America?

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