Cohen and the art of aging

Adore his early material but with his later voice and wrinkled appearance:

We age. Those with fond memories of us, when they see us now, still have sympathy but the old chemistry has gone the way of all things. It’s not a tragedy, it’s just life and we need to come to terms with that:

In Sicily, I saw an old man and he was everything I wanted to be – well groomed, he’d aged well, he had a power which had not been there in his younger years – I want to age well, with dignity and still with a bit of mischief.

2 comments for “Cohen and the art of aging

  1. November 15, 2012 at 19:25

    “I want to age well, with dignity and still with a bit of mischief.”

    Absolutely – me too. Otherwise I don’t want to be here.

  2. November 15, 2012 at 22:01

    I lurve Leonard Cohen’s songs. will listen to these when the CD husband has just handed me finishes (Cesaria Evora) don’t understand a word – but it’s pretty.

    Re ageing well with dignity etc. I agree, and I can’t resist adding a poem y’all probably know:

    by Jenny Joseph

    When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
    With a red hat which doesn’t go, and doesn’t suit me.
    And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves
    And satin sandals, and say we’ve no money for butter.

    I shall sit down on the pavement when I’m tired
    And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
    And run my stick along the public railings
    And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

    I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
    And pick the flowers in other peoples’ gardens
    And learn to spit.

    You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
    And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
    Or only bread and pickles for a week
    And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

    But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
    And pay our rent and not swear in the street
    And set a good example for the children.
    We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

    But maybe I ought to practice a little now?
    So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised
    When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

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