Since we learned of Leonard Cohen’s passing last week, many artists and luminaries have done what they could to pay tribute to the man’s towering legacy. And now Cohen’s own son Adam has shared a tribute of his own. Adam Cohen is a singer-songwriter with four albums to his credit, and he also co-produced his father’s final album You Want It Darker. In a new Facebook post, he’s discussed his father’s music and his warmth and wit. Below, read what Cohen wrote about his father.
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.