Little sweetheart, Leonard Cohen passed away last night. I remember how much you liked him. And I'm remembering something about all that this morning...
In April of 2009, just before my birthday, you told me you had
tickets for something special. I already knew you were taking me to see
DCfC in Sacramento on the second day after and that we were going to
decamp to Davis for nearly a week on our own - heaven!
But this was
something else. You had tickets to see Leonard Cohen at the
beautifully restored Paramount Theatre in Oakland.
We had great seats
just a few rows back in the orchestra. Cohen came out, immaculate as
ever, with a great band and proceeded to
play a breathtaking 90 minute set. We were thrilled. After the last
number he said, "we're going to take a little break and then be back".
Incredibly, this was only the first of two sets. About 20 minutes later,
he returned. Before they began playing, he thanked everyone and then
told us that he'd had the great honor of having his Buddhist teacher
with him backstage tonight and that during the interval they'd had a
small drink of some very fine spirits (whiskey, I think) together. He
said that his teacher had asked him if he could tell the difference
between this and more commonplace ones. Cohen admitted that he couldn't
exactly and then told us his teacher looked at him for a moment and said
"I've taught you nothing."
He laughed and so did we. It was an
incredibly heady and light and beautiful night. When he came back yet
again for the first of several encores, he literally skipped onstage,
bounding with the lightness of step of a deer or a teenager. You and I
lingered at our seats after, still soaking it all up.
It was a magic night and if I could say something to him today, I think it might be this:
Leonard. I suspect you have many people to greet today - perhaps
altering your own lyrics to say "hello" instead of "so long" to your own
great love Marianne - but when you have a moment, please give my angel a
little kiss for me, won't you? See you both soon."
And thank you, my little sweetheart. You make everything better. And I love you forever with all my heart and soul.