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Leonard Cohen



Leonard Cohen

hineni                      הִנֵּֽנִי‎‎


21 september 1934 -7 november 2016


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bij de presentatie van “you want it darker”13 oktober 2016 verklaarde hij hineni als volgt


Hineni, that declaration of readiness no matter what the outcome, that’s a part of everyone’s soul.”


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© cohencentric  / Marianne, on Hydra, using Leonard Cohen’s typewriter. From back of the record sleeve for the Songs From A Room album.  





Marianne Ihlen, her son and Leonard Cohen (Source: James Burke/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)


So long, Marianne. Leonard Cohen's final letter to his muse

Norwegian filmmaker Jan Christian Mollestad was a good friend of Marianne Ihlen

the woman who inspired Leonard Cohen's "So long, Marianne." Mollestad was with her during her final days.

And he read her a letter written by Cohen [on the 25th of july25]  himself.




leonard cohen_bestanden/Audio CBC Radio.mp3Listen 7:34

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Wednesday August 03, 2016








Leonard Cohen’s letter to a dying Marianne Ihlen - his former lover and the subject of his song ‘So Long, Marianne’

As CBC reports, the singer met Ihlen in the 1960s, and they lived together for seven years. In one of his most famous songs, Cohen sings, “Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began / to laugh and cry and cry and laugh about it all again.”

When Cohen discovered last month that Ihlen was battling leukaemia and had only a few days to live, he sent her the following letter:

“Well Marianne it's come to this time when we are really so old and our bodies are falling apart and I think I will follow you very soon. Know that I am so close behind you that if you stretch out your hand, I think you can reach mine.

“And you know that I've always loved you for your beauty and your wisdom, but I don't need to say anything more about that because you know all about that. But now, I just want to wish you a very good journey. Goodbye old friend. Endless love, see you down the road…”

image CBC 2016

Marianne Ihlen en Jan Christian Mollestad 2016


Marianne Ihlen died on 29 July 2016 at the age of 81.









Falling Tree Productions Leonard And Marianne

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Marianne en Leonard Cohen over hun relatie.


Leonard Cohen's muse when he turned from poetry to song-writing was a beautiful Norwegian woman immortalised in the song So Long, Marianne - this is their story, based on the award-winning programmes made for NRK by Kari Hesthamar.

"...both of the interviews had a dreamy quality and listening to the two voices of Leonard and Marianne all these years later made for a programme you want to hear again and again." - BBC Radio 4 Pick of the Week 3.8.08

 So long Marianne – ein radiodokumentar om og med Leonard Cohens norske muse

Dette programmet vart fyrste gong sendt i september 2005

NRK P2 laurdag 21. januar klokka 10.15

Reprise søndag 22. januar klokka 19.30

Laga av Kari Hesthamar

Teknisk ansvarleg Kåre Johan Lund.












Leonard Cohen's Divergent & Devastating Version Of "So Long, Marianne" - Oslo 1993

 VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/embed/C_eSjxpDS5k







In a 1992 Interview, Leonard invoked his ongoing feelings for Marianne, even after they separated, as evidence that “love never dies.”