Our friends over at Open Culture dropped another bombshell of Buddhist culture. It’s streaming on Spotify. The lyrics of the title track ‘You Want It Darker’ suggest that religions—including I would say, Buddhism—need people who are hooked, broken and weak in order to secure their devotion to a god, saviour or enlightenment that never comes. I wonder if Cohen has thrown off the robes and become somehow “post-Buddhist”?
A quick heads up: Leonard Cohen’s new album You Want It Darker is streaming free online for a limited time, thanks to NPR’s First Listen site. Now 82 years old, and sensing that time is running short, Cohen offers, writes Rolling Stone, a “gift to music lovers: a realistically grim, spiritually radiant and deeply poetic worldview, generally spiked with a romantic thrum and an existential wink.”
Hear the title track above. And stream the complete album right below using NPR’s free stream. Or another one provided by Spotify. You can purchase your own copy of Cohen’s album on Amazon and iTunes.