the beat

I read an interview with Leonard Cohen in The Guardian this morning. The interviewer managed to draw a number of the singer songwriter poet’s unique wordscapes together but one that stood out for me was: “I’ve come to the conclusion, reluctantly, that I am going to die…But, you know, I like to do it with a beat.” For me this statement fuses the wisdom of a man who has made peace with the inevitable while acknowledging that we are still responsible for how we live our life between now and then. I tend to agree with Leonard – I also like to do it with a beat all my own.

There are those who dance to the rhythm that is played to them, those who only dance to their own rhythm, and those who don’t dance at all. –  Jose Bergamin

If a man loses pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured, or far away. – Henry David Thoreau

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