Friday, November 11, 2016

VIDEO: Leonard Cohen recites "In Flanders Fields"

Leonard Cohen, the hugely influential singer and songwriter whose work spanned nearly 50 years, died Monday at the age of 82. Yesterday evening, Mr Cohen's record label, Sony Canada, posted this statement on his Facebook page: "It is with profound sorrow we report that legendary poet, songwriter and artist, Leonard Cohen has passed away. We have lost one of music's most revered and prolific visionaries. A memorial will take place in Los Angeles at a later date. The family requests privacy during their time of grief."

Mr Cohen's manager, Robert Kory, said, "Unmatched in his creativity, insight and crippling candor, Leonard Cohen was a true visionary whose voice will be sorely missed. I was blessed to call him a friend, and for me to serve that bold artistic spirit firsthand, was a privilege and great gift. He leaves behind a legacy of work that will bring insight, inspiration and healing for generations to come."

Just over two years ago, Legion Magazine (published by the Royal Canadian Legion), released a video to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the poem "In Flanders Fields", written by Lt.-Col. John McCrae, of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, as he contemplated the crosses marking the graves of his comrades who died in World War I. Here's the video.

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