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Remembering Leonard Cohen: The Legendary Poet and Musician

There’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in…

Thus, because of the presence of such lyrics, Leonard Cohen’s songs captivated so many souls!

Born in the city of West mount in Quebec, Canada, Cohen was one of the legendary artists of this century. He was not a singer; he was not a poet. Instead, he was the weaver of music,painter of words.

Well, while contemplating on his journey, we can see so many milestones that he had set with his unique creations. To help you dive into his notable odyssey, here’s a list of his few masterpieces.

  • Suzanne

You want to travel with her; you want to travel blind…

Suzanne is one of the critically acclaimed songs from his album, “Songs of Leonard Cohen”. Without a doubt, this composition is his best-known works which can be described as hauntingly beautiful.

Cohen always had an attraction towards the darker sides,and he efficaciously shrouded his lyrics and poems with this mystifying force. Through the central character of this song, Suzanne, he portrayed the beautiful story between two lovers who unite due to natural attraction and drifts apart due to the same logical reason. It beautifully describes the emotional connection between two souls.

The lyrical poem dipped in the mesmerizing melody casts a trance to the listeners. In short, listen to this piece to make all the other deduction.

  • Famous Blue Raincoat

I thought it was there for good so I never tried…

Another reflection of his melancholic affairs, famous blue raincoat hits the lists. This one comes from the album “Songs of Love and Hate”. Envisaging the lyrics, you will get a seemingly depressive person writing a letter to a “brother”. The complexities of this lyrics reflect his troubled state of mind, and perhaps this is the reason he could paint such a vivid picture of a chilly morning, station and all the scenes that follow.

Coming to the music, the gloominess strikes the right chord in the heart. Would love to describe it as heart-achingly beautiful. Do give it a listen and you will get the author’s anticipation.

Well, there are numerous songs that one would like to mention, but let’s focus to the last album of Leonard Cohen– You Want It Darker.

This particular album comprises nine songs which are the portrayal of the matured maestro. Songs from this album revolve around god, death and humor. On a sharp contrast, you can distinguish between the voice that you once heard in Suzanne and then this album. The voice has become more matured and intense. The lyrics – mellowed.

Besides being a musician, Cohen penned down words that are everlasting in its purest sense. To describe his writings and song is like attempting to gauge the sea. However, the purpose of this write-up is to take a glance at the cover, before plunging into the deep old sea. People may come and go, but maestros like Leonard Cohen will continue their journey with their eternal creations.

Music Therapy: How Music Helps in Healing Minds

How often do you stop all your work and listen to the tune coming from a distant microphone? Is it most of the times?

“I think music in itself is healing…” – Billy Joel

Ask any musicophile and he/she will tell you how music can affect a person’s mind. Human soul has a special connection with music that can trigger emotional response like joy, and sadness. You too, must have a song etched in your mind that reminds you of some distant memories filled with either joy or despondency.

Considering this association of tune and melody with the human mind, music has found its place in modern therapy where it is used for the treatment of various medical conditions. Let’s have a look on how this magical music therapy works.

 

Depression

Depression is a mental ailment that sheds negative effect on the person’s overall health. A person with this disorder often suffers from low self-esteem and prolonged sadness, that leaves impact on his/her physical health.

Role of Music therapy –

When a person is depressed, music can play a vital role in helping one recover from that situation.

  • A soul touching music along with a healthy conversion in a therapeutic milieu can generate the happy hormone dopamine. This particular hormone gives a boost to one’s mood and thereby, helps in fighting the downheartedness syndrome.
  • Moreover, music demands the whole body to participate which has a direct influence on keeping away depression.
  • The therapy reduces anxiety and stress by relaxing the nerves and soothing the mind.
  • The interplay of melody and rhythm stimulate one’s senses that create a meaningful and blissful state of mind.

Generally, the music is customized according to one’s taste that creates a special connection with the patient, thereby casting a strong impression on their mind. This overall experience creates a positive vibe for the patient that effectively battles depression.

Autism

Autism is a disability that impairs the cognitive, social and verbal abilities of a child. It mainly hampers the way one communicates with other people due to the lack of rational aptitudes. However, treatment can lessen down disruptive syndromes and proper training can impart self-dependence skills.

Role of Music Therapy –

Autistic people exhibit a greater response to music. The purpose of providing music therapy is to foster communication and interactive skills among them. In this type of treatment,

  • Therapists engage them with a range of musical activities that include singing, dancing, playing instruments, and listening to music.
  • Also, therapists teach them essential life skills by associating daily activities with music. They can relate these deeds to the tune and harmony thus helping them to acquire these life skills.

Infant development

During pregnancy, music therapy can foster the child’s development in the womb. Researches have shown that pre-term newborns who are exposed to music show better signs that include increased food consumption leading to weight gain, getting discharged at a fewer day, reduced heart rates, etc. after therapy.

There are multiple other syndromes that can be cured with the help of music therapy. This includes dementia, heart healthiness, insomnia, etc.

The music leaves a profound impact on the general well-being of a person. The harmonious co-existence of tune, rhythm and lyrics gives solace to not only patients but the entire humanity. Therefore, it’s no surprise that music can heal people.

French Songs Which Were a Hit Worldwide: An Era of Classics

“Where word fails music speaks.”

 

Music surely has no language and thus even if one is not accustomed to the language he can quickly grasp within the essence and beauty of a tune and its melody. Similarly, French music is not new to the world,and its songs have often swept the world off its feet with its alluring charm. Here are some of the greatest hits of French music off all time that has marked its presence into people’s mind worldwide-

Georges Brassens – Les copainsd’abord

The beautiful rendition was sung by Georges Brassens and is a hymn to cheer for friendship and love. This song was later translated in English with the title as “Buddies first of all” by Graeme Allwright

Jacques Brel – Ne me quitte pas

French singer Jacques Brel recorded the sad song written about break up after a heart-breaking separation with his wife,Suzanne Gabriello. This song was so popular that he had been remade into several of its studio versions into Dutch and English with the name “Do not leave me”.

Françoise Hardy – Tous Les garçons et Lesfiles

This was a pioneering albums made in France and circulated across abroad by singer Françoise Hardy. This talented singer conceptualized the song when she was a mere teenager of 13 years old. Later, it was translated into English as “All the boys and girls” and was soon appreciated by the young and old likewise.

Edith Piaf – La fouled

This song was penned by talented songwriter Michel Rivgauche and was composed by Angel Cabral. The song was a huge hit and was later versioned under the name of Amor de MisAmores. Although the French adaptation by Edith Piaf was more successful, the later versions were also quite hit in the music world.

Serge Gainsbourg/ Jane Birkin – Je t’aimemoinon-plus

A famous French song, both written and voiced by Serge Gainsbourg. Ithas two female vocals like Brigitte Bardot and Jane Birkin. It is also fondly known as the great love song that one can imagine and is also named as the title of a film that saw the composer and singer as the director of the film.

 

Edith Piaf – Non Jeneregretrein

The song was composed in 1956 and was penned by lyricist Michel Vaucaire along with the music of Charles Dumont. Not only in France, the singer of this heart-melting song Edith Piaf is a world-renowned singer holding the numero uno position in France, Belgium, Canada, and Netherlands. The song talks about the narrator’s life in past, present and all thosegood and unfortunate events which took place. Its English phrases go like- “No, nothing, nothing, I do not regret anything”.

French music has evolved from time to time,but legendary singers and their songs are here to stay forever. These songs talk about love, friendship, rejoice and sorrow, and are one to celebrate every aspect of life.

Legends of French Music: The Pathbreakers of a New World!

A French proverb beautifully describes the essence of music as where there is the melody; there can be love. French composition does a bit more and has given some legendary musicians who have the tremendous contribution in the field of music.

Here are some of the most beloved legends of French music-

  1. Charles Trenet

He was one of the most famous singers and songwriters of French music. He was a rebelian his way composing lyrics that spoke of truth and reality. His song “La Mer” is one of the best compositions to date in the history of French music and is widely used in many movies. “The Dreamers” and “Animal United” are two of the films that had used the song “La Mer” in its beautiful rendition.

  1. Matthieu Chedid

This French singer and songwriter is more popular with the stage name of -M- and is also a learned guitar player. Music runs in his genes as his father is another great French singer Louis Chedid and other family members like his grandfather and sister are also great names in the French music industry. His achievements include the 13 awards that have secured him a place in Victoires de la Musique.

  1. Raphael Haroche

The singer and songwriter from France is better known by his professional label Mononym. He is also an established actor and is also the ninth placeholder among “15 sexiest men” list of Elle magazine of June 2007. He has won many awards and accolades to his names like NRJ music awards and Victoiresde la Musique to name a few for his song “Caravane”.

  1. Christophe

The stage name of Christophe used by the French singer Daniel Bavilacquais popularly known for his first hit song “Aline”. Other of his hit songs include “Oh!…Mon Amour” which was composed both in French as well as in Italian. He was also very popular for his stage presence and live concerts. His live albums like Olympia and Intime are some of the greatest hits that he composed during his lifetime.

  1. Benjamin Biolay

The multi talented singer is also a songwriter, actor, musician along with an unbeaten record producer. He is famously known and loved for his low-key vocal style that has a striking similarity with that of Etienne Daho, another French pop star. He also has a significant contribution to French filmography and has worked in the hit films like Stella, Number One and The Easy Way Out.

  1. M. Pokora

Commonly known as Matt Pokora, his actual name is Matthieu Tota and is a famous face on television because of his role as a coach in the Voice Kids France. His solo career has a varied number of albums to his names like Player, MP3, M.E.D and the most recent My Way.

Music in France insubstantially involved with the components and culture of the nation and its people. The legends of French music have fantastic voice quality, vocal range recognition as well as massive popularity in not only France but worldwide.