If there ever was a writer whose songs spoke gently to the hidden dark and broken parts of ourselves, it is Leonard Cohen. The story of his life, of finding his voice, of pain and loss and betrayal, retreat as a Buddhist monk, and return to writing and performing was one, ultimately of redemption, if only for the consolation he gave to those who listened.

This world is full of conflicts and full of things that cannot be reconciled. But there are moments when we can… reconcile and embrace the whole mess, and that’s what I mean by ‘Hallelujah.’”

The great Open Culture put together a complete chronological discography available on Spotify starting with Suzanne from his very first album in 1967, and ending 267 songs later at Treaty from You Want It Darker, his last album.  (You can find similar on Spotify by searching Leonard Cohen Chronological Albums and Leonard Cohen: His Brilliant Musical Career in Chronological Order)

 

 

He was indeed a poet. From Anthem:

You can add up the parts 
but you won’t have the sum 
You can strike up the march, 
there is no drum 
Every heart, every heart 
to love will come 
but like a refugee. 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack, a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in. 

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack, a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in. 
That’s how the light gets in. 
That’s how the light gets in.

 

As with all Spotify playlists, you can select your own songs from it to forge your own personalized playlists of favorites.

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