Back in the Nineties, I stayed in Manhattan for two weeks over Christmas. I spent a lot of time walking around the city by myself, the snow piling up, the air clear and cold. Especially when it was snowing, I was struck by how quiet the city could get. All of my feelings at that time – the sense of loneliness, the sadness, the search for meaning – is encapsulated in this, magical, song. And Joan Baez’s version is my favorite.
This year, 2016, in America we just elected a white supremacist to the presidency. In Korea we discovered that the president is a puppet of an extortionist witchdoctor.
This year, we lost Prince, David Bowie and now, Leonard Cohen.
In these dark and difficult times…
A little bit of Popcorn Girl (Ali) to reflect our pain:
(watch the video here)
A little bit of Mamamoo to cheer us up:
And a little bit of beauty – a tiny bit of beauty – in tribute to Leonard.