Leonard Cohen: Suzanne
I started talking yesterday about Country Music. As I said, I’m really not down with classifications. A good song is a good song. It tells you something about yourself, or at a minimum shows you another epoch or slice of humanity in a way you can understand. Ideally one that touches your heart. Here is something I found by the young Leonard Cohen, with the young Judy Collins (happy 80th birthday!). Is this a Country song? I doubt the Country fans would adopt it. Let’s move past commercial categories and just take it for what it is. It isn’t much of a tune. Just a few meandering notes, repeated, but I am haunted by Suzanne, and who she is and what she represents. You are lucky if you have a Suzanne in your life. Trust me.