Leonard Cohen could always wrangle a good song from a grim situation. Just one example: In 1966, he and a lover stayed in a squalid room at New York’s Penn Terminal Hotel. Everything was broken—the windows, the radiators, the taps, their relationship—but the miserable experience at least yielded “Hey, That’s No Way To Say Goodbye.”
Yet not even someone with Cohen’s wry humor would have guessed that, 50 years later, far bleaker circumstances would spur him into saying the most perfect goodbye imaginable. He was living with cancer when working on 2016’s You Want It Darker, and the shadow of mortality made his 14th studio album resemble a last testament. 19 days later, he fell in his home and passed away, aged 82.
Leonard Cohen - Thanks For The Dance Review