Leonard Cohen: Sisters of Mercy

For almost 50 years, the multi-talented songwriter, musician, poet and artist Leonard Cohen regaled the world with a sensitive, impactful artistry. Beyond touching his listeners, he would also influence generations of singers to come—many of whom took his songs to even greater acclaim. The depth and versatility of his poetic songwriting, powerful bass voice and elegant guitar work have stood the test of time, and will continue to do so long after his sad death yesterday. Of his extensive catalog, there’s something worth revisiting in “Sisters of Mercy” (originally released back in 1967). It’s one of the only songs Cohen wrote in one sitting, all while sharing a hotel room in Edmonton with two hitchhikers who had fallen asleep during a snowstorm.