Leonard Cohen Pays Tribute To Muse Marianne Ihlen
Wed, 03 Aug 2016 11:02:12
Leonard Cohen has paid tribute to Marianne Ihlen, who died last week. Ihlen was the Cohen's muse, and inspiration for the song "So Long Marianne".
In a Facebook post Cohen suggested that this letter to him from Jan Christian Mollestad be used in his memorial. Jan Christian Mollestad is in making a biographical movie about the life of Marianne.
"Marianne slept slowly out of this life yesterday evening. Totally at ease, surrounded by close friends. Your letter came when she still could talk and laugh in full consciousness. When we read it aloud, she smiled as only Marianne can. She lifted her hand, when you said you were right behind, close enough to reach her."
"It gave her deep peace of mind that you knew her condition. And your blessing for the journey gave her extra strength. Jan and her friends who saw what this message meant for her, will all thank you in deep gratitude for replying so fast and with such love and compassion."
"In her last hour I held her hand and hummed "Bird on a Wire", while she was breathing so lightly. And when we left the room, after her soul had flown out of the window for new adventures, we kissed her head and whispered your everlasting words So long, Marianne."
Simmons commented, "Marianne came from a time when women were raised to be muses and helpmates, which she was; she loved creative men and she was creative herself. Her life was not the easiest, but nothing seemed to dent her generosity and kindness. A truly beautiful soul."
Tributes from Sylvie Simmons, author of I'm Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen, and Kari Hesthamar, author of So Long Marianne - A Love Story were also included.
Read the full post from Leonard Cohen on his Facebook page:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff