One of the most revered singer-songwriters of the 20th century, Leonard Cohen, has passed away at the age of 82. Cohen, who just released his latest album, You Want It Darker, recently spoke about being ready to die in an interview with The New Yorker:“I don’t think I’ll be able to finish those songs. Maybe, who knows? And maybe I’ll get a second wind, I don’t know. But I don’t dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don’t dare do that. I’ve got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it’s not too uncomfortable. That’s about it for me.”Best known for penning the songs “Suzanne,” “Bird On The Wire,” and the oft-covered “Hallelujah,” (from 1984’s Various Positions) which has seen everybody from Jeff Buckley to Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan play their own renditions, Cohen’s, at times, haunting lyrics have been heard by millions all over the world.Rest in peace, Leonard Cohen.From Leonard Cohen’s Facebook page:“Hallelujah”:
Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC,Bret Williams, President and CEO of Green Mountain Beverage, recently announced that the hard cider company is changing its name to Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC effective August 1, 2011. The name change comes at a time when the hard cider category is experiencing significant growth in the United States. The company produces the nation’s number one cider ‘ Woodchuck Hard Cider, which is available in all 50 states and is currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2011! In June 2003 when Williams put together the deal to buy the company, the legal name became ‘Beverage Acquisition Group, LLC’ with Green Mountain Beverage as the d/b/a. At the time, it was uncertain if the company would survive, let alone be able to sell hard cider exclusively. Over the years, the Woodchuck Brand has grown three-fold and has enabled the company to remain solely focused on the hard cider category. ‘The name ‘Vermont Hard Cider Company’ better reflects who we are and what we do,’ Williams said. ‘Vermont, as well as our Company, stands for good people doing good things in a good way.’ Vermont Hard Cider Company will continue to operate in its current facility on Pond Lane, while actively pursuing expansion options in the Middlebury area. About Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLCVermont Hard Cider Company, LLC, located in Middlebury, Vermont, is the leading hard cider producer in the United States, which includes the nation’s number one cider ‘ Woodchuck® Hard Cider. Having won 16 IMPACT Hot Brand Awards, Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC is recognized for its superior cider brands. Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC handcrafts and manages all levels of quality control in a state-of-the-art cidery in Middlebury, VT by employing a team of cider makers with over 30 years of combined experience directly in cider making and a team devoted exclusively to producing, marketing, and selling hard cider. More information is available at www.woodchuck.com(link is external).