A contemplation of Cohenites? - Leonard's fans look for a label

Reuters News
Posted: Jun 02, 2015 7:29 AM

LONDON (Reuters) - Global fans of Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen are having fun on Facebook - trying to come up with a collective name for themselves.

The burst of fandom for the 80-year old performer of "Suzanne", "Sisters of Mercy" and "Bird on a Wire" followed a posting noting that Joni Mitchell, another celebrated Canadian musician, once called herself a "stone (committed) Cohenite".

Now Cohen's official page is asking what a collective noun for such people should be - as in a pride of lions, a gaggle of geese and so on.

Suggestions made so far include: a leonard, a contemplation, a melancholy, a Cohenista and a fedora.

"A halleluiah" is also on the list, in homage to his most famous song, estimated to have been sung by almost 200 artists and the subject of at least one documentary and a book.

Cohen released a new album "Can't Forget" in May, the 25th listed on his website, which also lists 12 books of poetry.

(Reporting by Jeremy Gaunt; Editing by John Stonestreet)