Tonight Leonard Cohen will be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. (The other inductees, both people and songs, are listed here.) k.d. lang will sing Cohen's "Hallelujah," and Cohen himself, known to shun the spotlight, will be there to accept his award.
The CBC has been running a "where are they now" segment about the woman who - at least in name - inspired Cohen's most famous song, "Suzanne". It asks, "Why the split between artist and muse?" Seems kind of silly to me. Cohen wrote "Suzanne" in 1966; most relationships don't last 40 years. Also, a song is a work of art, not an autobiography. Songs may contain glimpses of a writer's life, but they're not diaries. It doesn't really matter who Suzanne was when Cohen wrote the song. What matters is whatever each of us thinks of when we hear it. Oh well, I guess it was a slow news day.
Cohen is a great songwriter, his troubles well documented, so I hope this helps him out.