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Leonard Cohen:A Humble and Elegant Heart

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12月29日,2007

  

It was four years ago, during my stay in Yangshuo. One day, when I was drinking a cup of Latte in a roadside café , as the CD player switched on, a hoarse voice abruptly broke the morning’s silence and bore in my mind. That was Leonard Cohen and his “In My Secret Life”.

He became one of my favorite singers since, but I started to take him seriously only after I watched a musical documentary of Cohen’s life and his music.

Leonard Cohen is more than a singer. He is also a poet and a philosopher who owns a pure heart and loves wisdom. Because of this, there were always some serious themes in his songs about our lives, like religion and love , and they were expressed in a way both provocative and poetic.

One of his most heat songs, “Suzanne” ,was about a romance of Leonard and a woman named Suzanne who was an artist herself. Facing the video camera, Leonard spoke of this woman frankly. She was the wife of  his one friends and Leonard had been visiting her for a long time. He was attracted deeply by her and vice versa. Apparently, Suzanne played the role of Muse in the poet’s life and there for a beautiful and sentimental song left behind.

And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said "All men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them"
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.

---------Suzanne

To live is to love and to love is something like to be drowned.Only with this dreadful experience are you led to God’s light and then you are shared with the brightness.

It came up to me when I was watching that shy man remembering the past love in a humble but elegant manner in the documentary.

Leonard is very humble indeed . “The less what I was, the better I felt” told Leonard to describe what he has learnt from staying for years with a Japanese illuminati who was a Zen Buddhist. They lived together in a way of monks. Leonard wore long robes and ate vegetables everyday during that time. As a result of this, he became more modest than ever and at the same time he found himself agreeable to oriental values naturally. When his newest book was about to publish in Chinese in Taiwan, Leonard wrote a preface himself for the Chinese version. Within the lines, he showed his fondness of Chinese culture and his unpretentiousness as being talented and miscellaneous.

In the last part of the video, Leonard said that, with a reluctant smile,“I hate everyone but acted generously and no one found me out. My reputation as a lady’s man was a joke. It cast me to laugh bitterly through the ten thousands nights. Nights alone.”

For most of his life time so far, Leonard has been lonely because he has loved someone and will probably love her forever.

That is Leonard Cohen, a man one can hardly resist.

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星空 梁小曼 发布于2009-11-17 22:16:03
2007年和朋友一起看了Leonard Cohen的纪录片《I AM YOUR MAN》。

朋友们都非常喜欢这个可爱的诗人。后来,朋友要求我用英文完成一篇作业,尽管,水平有限,也硬着头皮写了一篇。

北岛老师的英文很好,请多多指正。
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