December 2 street date. It was the poems of his hero, Federico García Lorca, that gave Leonard Cohen permission to write. Not to imitate Lorca's style or content, but to pick up a gauntlet that had been thrown down. Alongside Lorca, he found inspiration in folk and country, songs of solidarity, songs of survival in the face of oppression. Yet there were earthier reasons why Cohen wrote, and particularly why he augmented his first loves, poetry and prose, with songwriting and performing. He was fully aware he could write reasonable, even good songs, but listening back to them made his inner critic recoil in horror. The effect of his fastidiousness often meant a heady layering effect on the listener, like a cross-section of the earth’s structure, with serious digging needed to get to the original intent. "Songs Of Light & Darkness" features 17 artists with their interpretations of some of Cohen's classics. Includes tracks by k.d. lang, Fairport Convention, Father John Misty, Ann Wilson, Judy Collins, Emmylou Harris, Jonathan Richman, Madeleine Peyroux, and many more.