Leonard Cohen has died. His music won't.
To get some idea of just how great the now-departed Leonard Cohen's musical legacy is, you can't just listen to his recordings. You have to look at how his works were standards for so many other artists. His songs were genius, and everyone wanted to make them their own.
Here's a sample to review over the weekend, as a sonic tonic in a world that increasingly seems to make very little sense.
We start here at home, with the Straitjacket Fits turning "So Long, Marrianne" into an alternative guitar band anthem. By the time I was old enough to start seeing them, they'd stopped playing it live. Bastards.
And almost as cool, The Pixies, covering "I Can't Forget".
Lhasa De Sala, with "Who By Fire".
Johnny Cash playing "Bird on a Wire" on the second ever night of (oh my God - so young!) Jon Stewart's chat show. Obviously a bit of a favourite with outlaw country singers, because here's Willie Nelson's version.
So - so long, Leonard. Gone, but never forgotten.