posted on Jan, 1 2008 @ 01:55 PM
Cohen is my favorite songwriter of all time, without question.
Did you know that he basically filled an entire notebook with lyrics for Closing Time
until finally whittling it down to the verses that he
used on the recording? You can read them here
. I recommend checking that out.
It consists of scanned pages from Cohen's notebook, so you gain insight into his process. In effect, you can observe him refining meter, accents,
and syllabic patterns. Cohen has always been what I consider a "writer's writer" in that he is just so good
that people who don't write
will never really understand how completely in another league Cohen is. If you're a writer and a Cohen fan already, and you haven't seen this, then
you owe it to yourself to check it out.
Famous Blue Raincoat
is still probably my favorite Cohen song, but there are just so many good ones that it's hard to prefer one over
[edit on 1-1-2008 by teleonaut]