“Beguiling Music”

“Leonard Cohen has been a companion throughout my life. His words and songs arriving as I needed, each time explaining to my heart the things my mind found difficult.”   Debbie Jones, from Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen

Sometimes a writer emerges as a timeless troubadour — a balladeer of the heart whose words touch countless lives, like the sun or the rain falling. Leonard Cohen is one of those beloved wordsmiths. A Renaissance man, he was a singer, songwriter, musician, poet, and novelist. No realm of life was off limits and he gave anyone who cared to see glimpses of his soul in all its light and dark meanderings. What a gift!

It seems totally fitting then, that other writers should celebrate the life-changing, life-affirming ways in which Leonard’s words touched them. That’s why I was excited when my friend Ron Bremner, a poet and poetry lover, told me about Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen, a collection of reflections to Leonard in poetry and prose.

I love it when writers share their stories about other writers who influenced them. It reminds me that no matter what the world knows of us, we are all part of a community: a tribe of scribes who can learn from each other and grow together. Knowing how a gifted, soulful writer has struggled with loss and love just as we do and turned their experience into art is so inspiring!

A few lines from “Last Year’s Man — and This One’s” — my friend Ron Bremner’s Anthem poem:

How many times I stood before the mirror,

desperate, like the Santa Claus in Dress Rehearsal

Rag, putting on dark glasses, with a razor in my mitt?

And how many times did the Sisters of Mercy lead

me back from the bathroom to that beguiling music?

What more moving celebration of a writer’s life is there than a gathering of the words he’s inspired in other writers? If you or someone you know loves Leonard, then you may want to get a copy of Anthem: A Tribute to Leonard Cohen. A perfect gift. Write on!



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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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