Today’s song A Thousand’s Kisses Deep is the first song to appear in the music library from Canadian poet and singer /songerwriter Leonard Cohen. This moody atmospheric track about a downcast lover talking to the tattered memories of a faded former flame is from Leonard’s 10th studio album aptly titled Ten New Songs released in 2001.
It took me considerable time to warm to the music of Leonard Cohen, but having heard a great deal of his discography I am now a great admirer of his. I dedicated two songs of his to my children for their baptisms. Namely Hallelujah for my son – the football God Jesus Mateo and You got me singing for my precious angelita – Katherine Rose.
To me no one surpasses Leonard Cohen in contemporary spiritual music if such a genre were to exist. I wrote a post called Leonard Cohen’s Come Healing and 5 other contemporary spiritual masterpieces. Leonard Cohen will feature prominently in this project, so be sure there will be many songs from him.
While I wouldn’t recommend A Thousand’s Kisses Deep as an appetizer to anyone unfamiliar with his music it still conveys a certain amount of that familiar theme in his works – ‘Unrequited love’. I find his music on the whole meditative and reflective and A Thousand Kisses Deep is definitely that.
Also in A Thousand Kisses Deep there is a neat reference in the song to one of my all time favourite poems “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost.
And maybe I had miles to drive,
And promises to keep:
He is a taste that I had to acquire and I did just in the past 5-10 years. I agree with you about being the best in spiritual music.
Yes, his music is like old wine. It has an acquired taste and gets better with age. I find his newer stuff probably better than anything else. He seemed to get better with age, artistically.
I got into him and Tom Waits around the same time. Both had to grown on me and they did.
Same here buddy. Leonard Cohen is a romantic pessimist so I have a soft spot for him. I like the balance between this two because I often feel Waits is taking the piss but in a good way.
Cohen is great- I think he’s one of those artists you ‘get’ as you start to grow a little older- although i did know a teenager who was a huge Leonard fan but he wasn’t your average teen.
I agree completely. In the beginning I found his voice monotone and kind of dull. I was just saying to Bad, his music is like a good bottle of vintage wine. It gets better with age. Perhaps a little bit of wisdom and life experience is necessary to appreciate his music. I imagine that teenager you knew was years ahead of the rest of us haha
The teenager- is now in his early 20’s and is among other things a poet….. I thought Leonard is one of the few- whose voice got better as he aged– my favorite album of his is the Live In London done around 2008 or 2009.
It doesn’t surprise me the teenager is a poet. How could any poet not be enamored with Leonard! I actually like his later stuff more than any other period. He seemed to be one of the few singer songwriters who got better artistically as he aged. Yes, that live album is great.