Trick or treat? It’s the 14th studio album from beat poet and musician Leonard Cohen. You Want It Darker is rich deep dark chocolate vocal steeped in Cohen’s signature seraphic symphonic chamber style. Tender, melancholy, sweet and salty it’s a perfect indulgence with a fine vino on this All Hallows Eve. Enjoy.
“I don’t need a pardon/There’s no one left to blame/I’m leaving the table/I’m out of the game…You want it darker/We kill the flame.”
Today’s runner is a tip of the hat to singer songwriter Bob Dylan, who this morning became the first musician to received The Nobel Prize for Literature for “having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition”. The Duluth Minnesota native adds this to his long list of honors which include multiple Grammy’s, Academy and Golden Globe Awards and induction into the Grammy and Rock & Roll Halls of Fame over the course of his 50+ years in the music industry.
With some 60 albums to choose from, I grabbed about halfway into his catalog pulling out 1983’s Infidels. Released over 30 years ago, I hate to keep making comparisons between classic albums like this and issues we are dealing with today, but come on! Vladimir Putin and Bashar al-Assad certainly have a friend in the Neighborhood Bully, the calculated perpetration of the Union Sundown is without a doubt for real, and this last presidential debate has shown us that for the first time in our history, with a Jokerman lurking behind her, we have a woman on our block sitting there in a cold chill, saying, “who’s gonna take away his license to kill?”
Infidels is not as great as Dylan masterpieces like Blonde on Blonde or Blood on the Tracks, but it stands up within a body of work overflowing with classics, one which no other rock band or artist will ever equal.
Sweetheart Like You
License To Kill
Man Of Peace
I and I
Don’t Fall Apart On Me Tonight