Leonard Cohen was buried today, Sunday, in Montreal next to his parents, grandparents and great grandparents according to the Toronto Star. The family had a traditional Jewish service with just close family.
Leonard’s son Adam Cohen posted this to Facebook:
My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked. As I write this I’m thinking of my father’s unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work. There’s so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time. I’d thank him for the comfort he always provided, for the wisdom he dispensed, for the marathon conversations, for his dazzling wit and humor. I’d thank him for giving me, and teaching me to love Montreal and Greece. And I’d thank him for music; first for his music which seduced me as a boy, then for his encouragement of my own music, and finally for the privilege of being able to make music with him. Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father.
What a week: Leonard Cohen and then Leon Russell, not to mention the election. Life is looking grim right now. Trump seemed unusually subdued on “60 Minutes” and clueless about the reaction to what he’s planning to unleash. Protests are growing exponentially. Who will replace the great artists of the 60s and 70s who joined the ranks of the disaffected and led them? Will any of our current performers grow a backbone?