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In a shocking move to protest a Trump presidency, Leonard Cohen died at the spry age of 82.

Saying that Leonard Cohen was an accomplished writer is like saying that space is kinda big.  It’s like saying that country music is merely bad.  It’s like saying that duct tape fixes a few things here and there.

Cohen wasn’t just a legendary musician, he also wrote books of poetry and two novels.  His 1st novel The Favourite Game was an autobiographical bildungsroman.  And now you have to look up that word too.

More than 2,000 recordings of his songs have been made by acts like Judy Collins, U2, Aretha Franklin, R.E.M., Jeff Buckley, Trisha Yearwood and Elton John.  “Bird on a Wire” went on to be recorded by performers including Joe Cocker, Aaron Neville, Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson and was later made into a movie starring Mel Gibson and Goldie Hawn.

He will likely be known for his classic song “Hallelujah.”  This song is as incredible as it is

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Oh, and he fucking rocked a fedora.

overused.  It was relatively obscure song at first.  Only people who liked good music knew it.  Then it was in “Shrek.”

Next thing you know, the song then appeared in “The West Wing,” “Crossing Jordan,” “Without a Trace,” “The O.C., House,” “Dirt,” “Criminal Minds,” “ER,” “Third Watch,” “Ugly Betty,” “LAX,” “ NCIS,” “Justiça,” “Feast of Love,” “The Edukators,” “Vinterkyss,” “Sugar,” “L’Audition,” “Kiss of Winter,” “Saint Ralph,” “Answer Me,” “Lord of War” and “Watchmen.”

Don’t get me wrong, it’s still a great song.  But we just need to come up with a new musical cue, people.

He also wrote the song “Everybody Knows.”  I’ve been thinking about this song a lot in the past 48 hours.  Let’s take a quick look at some of the lyrics, shall we?  

Everybody knows that the dice are loaded / Everybody rolls with their fingers crossed  [rolls the dice, casts a vote… Potato/spud]

Everybody knows the war is over / Everybody knows the good guys lost  [God, this is depressing]

Everybody knows the fight was fixed / The poor stay poor, the rich get rich [Tru dat, right, Bernie?]

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking / Everybody knows that the captain lied [Oh, God…]

Everybody got this broken feeling / Like their father or their dog just died [sums up how we all feel perfectly.]

Did he write this song yesterday?  This is like a fucking lyrical photograph of the entire nation right at this moment!

Hold on a minute, I need to go slit my wrists….

While I bleed out, I should inform you that this hit goes to: Gianna!  Yes, she gets the very 1st hit of the year that I know of!  She bursts out of the gates with a whopping 20 points!  It may not seem like much, but it’s 20 more than you have!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Gianna: 20 – (Leonard Cohen – 20)

Like I said: the song’s still fucking awesome.

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Former Deftones bassist and recent under-achiever Chi Cheng died at the spry age of… 42.  Crap, I hope New Dick in Town didn’t have him.

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Seriously, don’t let this guy drive.

Cheng had been in a coma and/or a semi conscious state since a 2008 car crash where he wasn’t wearing his seatbelt.  So… wear your damn seatbelts!

What is a semi-conscious state you ask?  A question a child might ask, but not a childish question.

In a semi-conscious state, you have awareness of your surroundings, you can reach for and hold objects (like say, a beer bottle), you can focus on objects (like, say a TV), and you respond to stimuli (like, say, a jolly good episode of Doctor Who).  In summation, a semi-conscious state is what I always strive for.  It’s the life.

The Deftones were an alternative band that gained popularity in the mid-90s mainly through word of mouth.  They didn’t give a crap about Cheng because when he went into a coma, they went right on performing with a new bassist like Spinal Tap replacing a drummer.  When asked about the dearth of Cheng, co-founder Stephen Carpenter said, “Chi who?”

And this hit goes to…. Babysitter!  While not in the lead, Babysitter his hit triple digits with this one! 

Yes, Babysitter, you officially can trash-talk now.  I give my blessing.

Babysitter is tied with new Dick in Town and we’re all pulling for him to take NDIT down!  You will note: he did not steal this pick from anyone.

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Dawn-n-Mike – 120 (Oscar Niemeyer – 0, Norman Joseph Woodland – 10, Patti Page – 20, Reg Presley – 30, Hugo Chavez – 50, Frank Thornton – 10)

Babysitter – 100 (Clive Dunn – 10, Ravi Shankar – 10, Margaret Thatcher – 20, Chi Cheng – 60)

The New Dick in Town – 100 – (Jack Klugman – 10, Mindy McCready – 70, Jonathan Winters – 20)

Tailgating with Jesus – 70 – (Marvin Miller – 10, Earl Weaver – 20, Jerry Buss – 20, Gus Triandos – 20)

Joanne – 60 – (Freddy Schmidt – 10, Robert Bork – 20, C. Everett Koop – 10, Moon Mullen – 10, Virgil Trucks – 10)

Jami – 50 – (Larry Hagman – 20, Annette Funicello – 30)

The Girl on Fire – 50 – (Dear Abby – 10, Ed Koch – 20, Milo O’Shea – 20)

Team Sushi – 50 – (Conrad Bain – 20, Roger Ebert – 30)

Gianna – 50 – (Lucille Bliss – 10, Bonnie Franklin – 40)

Council of Geeks – 40 (Richard Griffiths – 40)

Sean P. McFeeley I – 10 – (Patty Andrews – 10)

Nikki the Bad-Ass – 10 – (Stan Musial – 10)

“Sister” Mary Sheila – 10 (Lee MacPhail – 10)