As you may probably know, Leonard Cohen has recently passed away. He was a very famous Canadian singer and poet.
Leonard Cohen was born in 1934 into a middle-class family in the outskirts of Montreal, Canada. His father, a clothing merchant (who was also an engineer), died in 1943, when Cohen was nine years old. It was his mother who encouraged Cohen as a writer, especially of poetry, during his childhood. He loved studying literature and music at school, but his marks weren't as good as you may think! In spite of that, he won the McNaughton Prize in creative writing.
A year later, just after graduating, he published his first book of poems. The reviews were great, but it didn't sell very well.
Curiously enough, one of Cohen's greatest inspirations was Federico García Lorca. In fact, he composed 'Take this Waltz' inspired by Lorca's 'Pequeño Vals Vienés'. You can listen to the song in the following video. It has English and Spanish subtitles, so you can follow the lyrics easily.
The next song is very well-known and many other singers have made their own version of it. Did you know that Leonard Cohen was the composer of 'Hallelujah'?
There is no better way to say goodbye to him than using his own words: So long, Leonard, it's time that we began to laugh and cry and laugh about it all again.