Light out of Darkness: A Review of Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’

This is my latest Christian Today Article

There was only one thing wrong with Bob Dylan being given the Nobel Prize for Literature. He certainly deserves it, but surely the first songwriter to receive that esteemed award should have been the Canadian wordsmith, Leonard Cohen? Possibly the best concert I have even been to was Leonard Cohen’s at Edinburgh Castle a few years ago.

Thousands of us gathered to hear him sing the classics we all remembered – Marianne, Hallelujah, the Chelsea Hotel and so on. Halfway through the concert I turned to my sister and opined that most of the people present would not really get the songs because 50 per cent of the lyrics were about sex and the other 50 per cent were biblical allusions. It’s something that remains true as he continues to produce outstanding albums into his ninth decade. At 82 years old he…

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