Composer Philip Glass tells of his final conversation with Leonard Cohen
search

The latest Jewish News

Read this week’s digital edition

Click Here

Composer Philip Glass tells of his final conversation with Leonard Cohen

American musician reveals details of his final discussion with the deceased Canadian singer who died in 2016

Philip Glass
Philip Glass

American composer Philip Glass has revealed details about the last time he spoke to Leonard Cohen just before the singing legend died.

Interviewed by The Big Issue magazine, he said: “The last time I spoke to him I asked him when he was next coming to New York. I hadn’t seen him in a while.

“He said, ‘This old car isn’t leaving the garage again’. At the time I didn’t really understand him. I think he was really saying goodbye. I never saw him again. He died about a week later.”

Speaking about his regrets in life, Glass said: “I would have liked to have had more time to get to know my father. He was killed by a car when he was 67. Not that old. He didn’t get out of the way quickly enough and someone knocked him down.

“But generally, I don’t look back on my life. I think about what I’m doing next week. I just don’t look through the rear view mirror.”

Glass said there were still things he wanted to do, but admitted that at the age of 80 he was “running out of time”.

He added: “If I’m going to write 12 more symphonies I better get going.”

The Big Issue magazine, which is sold to help the homeless, is on sale from Monday.

Support your Jewish community. Support your Jewish News

Thank you for helping to make Jewish News the leading source of news and opinion for the UK Jewish community. Today we're asking for your invaluable help to continue putting our community first in everything we do.

Unlike other Jewish media, we do not charge for content. That won’t change. Because we are free, we rely on advertising to cover our costs. This vital lifeline, which has dropped in recent years, has fallen further due to coronavirus.

For as little as £5 a month you can help sustain the vital work we do in celebrating and standing up for Jewish life in Britain.

Jewish News holds our community together and keeps us connected. Like a synagogue, it’s where people turn to feel part of something bigger. It also proudly shows the rest of Britain the vibrancy and rich culture of modern Jewish life.

You can make a quick and easy one-off or monthly contribution of £5, £10, £20 or any other sum you’re comfortable with.

100% of your donation will help us continue celebrating our community, in all its dynamic diversity...

Engaging

Being a community platform means so much more than producing a newspaper and website. One of our proudest roles is media partnering with our invaluable charities to amplify the outstanding work they do to help us all.

Celebrating

There’s no shortage of oys in the world but Jewish News takes every opportunity to celebrate the joys too, through projects like Night of Heroes, 40 Under 40 and other compelling countdowns that make the community kvell with pride.

Pioneering

In the first collaboration between media outlets from different faiths, Jewish News worked with British Muslim TV and Church Times to produce a list of young activists leading the way on interfaith understanding.

Campaigning

Royal Mail issued a stamp honouring Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton after a Jewish News campaign attracted more than 100,000 backers. Jewish Newsalso produces special editions of the paper highlighting pressing issues including mental health and Holocaust remembrance.

Easy access

In an age when news is readily accessible, Jewish News provides high-quality content free online and offline, removing any financial barriers to connecting people.

Voice of our community to wider society

The Jewish News team regularly appears on TV, radio and on the pages of the national press to comment on stories about the Jewish community. Easy access to the paper on the streets of London also means Jewish News provides an invaluable window into the community for the country at large.

We hope you agree all this is worth preserving.

read more:
comments