The Power of Words
Leonard Cohen who is recognized as being one of the greatest lyricists of all time claimed that he had no real musical talent. Yet his words came from the soul and were able to inspire and enlighten people all over the world.
His guitar playing was mediocre and his voice was not great but his lyrics were a mixture of spirituality, sexual innuendo and humor. He started out as a struggling poet strumming his guitar while reciting his poems. In the video Prince of Asturia’s Speech where he is accepting an award from the the people of Spain for his poetry, he talks about how he found his songs and acknowledges his gratitude for their source. He said he felt uncomfortable taking praise for his poetry as “the words come from a place where no one commands and no one conquers.”
Had he known where the good songs came from, he would have gone there more often.
His words were delivered with feeling, good intention and humility. Believing that he lacked musical talent, he was not actively seeking fame yet with his words he revealed his authenticity. He managed to find his own voice and located a true self that struggled for its own existence.
Sometimes we worry that what we write may not appeal to everyone or that some may object to what we say. Before you write your words, check with your true self to see if you are being authentic. It is not that we think we know more than anyone else nor do we always know the source of our words.
Many writers and artists speak of a muse when they don’t know who else to attribute their moments of brilliance. Do you care enough to share what you think is important? Do you think others may benefit from what it is you have to share? They don’t necessarily have to like it but to simply give it consideration and respect.
I think, therefore I read. I feel, therefore I write.
I too am a lover of Leonard Cohen, thanks to a very important person in my life introducing him to me at a young age. I thoroughly enjoyed reading “The book of longing” which contains his unpublished poems and drawings, mostly written at a Zen monastery on Mount Baldy in California, where Cohen lived from 1994 to 1999, and in India, which he visited regularly during the late 1990s. An interesting insight into the mind of Mr Cohen.
Glad you too have found inspiration from Leonard. Did you see him on youtube giving his Prince of Asturias speech after receiving the awatd in Spain. It was very thought provoking.