Last week Leonard Cohen received the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature. Truth be told, I didn’t know of these yearly awards given in Spain until now, and wouldn’t have known now if it wasn’t for the tweets of Glen Hansard. At the event, Mr. Cohen gave a tremendously moving speech about his art –
I encourage you to take the time to listen to the speech in its entirety. Despite his success, the man that has brought the world some it’s greatest love songs and some of the most covered songs in history is the very picture of humility.
Poetry comes from a place that no one commands, that no one conquers. So I feel somewhat like a charlatan to accept an award for an activity which I do not command. In other words, if I knew where the good songs came from I would go there more often.