“To move a song from a slogan to an authentic expression …” Leonard Cohen On Songwriting

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I wish it didn’t take so long to finish a song and to make a record . . . it seems to be a long process  … it’s trying to discover how I really feel about something. To move a song from a slogan to an authentic expression is really what the enterprise is about … discarding the lines that come too easy … waiting until something else bubbles up that is a little truer …quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen, speaking “for German television in 1997,” quoted in The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia by Michael Gray (2006)

Originally posted October 10, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric