Last week was not only a dark week for North America, but also for the world, both in politics and in popular culture.
On Wednesday we were waking up to the news of Donald Trump being voted in as the 45th President of the United States, and on Friday we were waking up to the news that one our most loved poet and musicians, Leonard Cohen had passed away.
Canadian Cohen was 82, and in October 2016 he released You Want It Darker, a sombre crafted set of songs (produced by his son, Adam) in which Cohen seemed to be taking stock of his life whilst contemplating the approaching end. In an interview with the New Yorker magazine, he struck a fatalistic tone, whilst declaring his determination to keep working at his craft until the very end. ''I've some work to do'', he said. ''Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it's not too uncomfortable. That's about it for me''.
Everyone will have in their own memories and have their own favourite version of Leonard Cohen. He evoked so many different emotions in so many different people throughout his long and varied career as a poet, novelist and singer. His songs, his words, his magic will be present for many years to come in many of us.
Below are few reminders as to why he will be remembered as one of the true greats.