Leonard Cohen Corrections Agency: Suzanne Vs Volvo – The Appeal

Leonard Cohen Corrections Agency: The Original Case Of Suzanne Vs Volvo

The Leonard Cohen Corrections Agency offers rectification of inaccuracies promulgated by Leonard Cohen (see full explanation at the end of this post). Ongoing readers may recall the Case Of Suzanne Vs Volvo, which focused on Mr Cohen’s claim, made on several occasions, that

My songs usually last about as long as a Volvo — about 30 years1

That equation sounds valid and had never been challenged until, like New York Governor Alfred E. Smith in his 1928 presidential campaign, The Leonard Cohen Corrections Agency declared, “Let’s look at the record.”2

Volvo Lifespan

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  1. Cohen Grows Into The Future Gracefully, And With A Grin by Peter Howell. Toronto Star, November 19, 1992. Found at the ultimately utilitarian  Speaking Cohen site. []
  2. Mr. Smith’s slogan was one of the few survivors of that unsuccessful campaign. []

Recommended Reading: 10 Best Leonard Cohen Lyrics By Lemuria’s Alex Kerns

While the lists of Leonard Cohen songs/lyrics/albums favored by one or another celebrity is typically interesting only in a how about that sort of way, The 10 best Leonard Cohen lyrics by Lemuria’s Alex Kerns by TeamRock (TeamRock: April 26, 2017) is insightful and enlightening. Many of the intriguing choices are atypical for this sort of piece (two come from poems). I’ve excerpted part of the introduction and twp of the 10 best Leonard Cohen lyrics listed as a sampling, but do yourself a favor and read the entire article at The 10 best Leonard Cohen lyrics by Lemuria’s Alex Kerns

Lemuria’s drummer and vocalist Alex Kerns discusses his greatest songwriting inspiration

It’s been 10 years since New York-based indie-punk trio Lemuria wrote their debut album. Entitled Get Better, and written in the wake of vocalist, drummer and songwriter Alex Kerns losing his father, the album was a powerful exploration of grief and sorrow – the essence of which borrowed from the blueprint laid out by Leonard Cohen, and his songs of love, loss and humanity… To mark the album’s 10th year, Kerns pays tribute to his chief inspiration, Leonard Cohen, and remembers the impact he had on his own songwriting.

‘I will not be held like a drunkard under the cold tap of facts’

“I’m cheating here, this is actually pulled from one of his poems titled What I’m Doing Here. It reminds me of those instances when you realise the truth at the 11th hour. When you’re blinded by the sparkle of a sharp sword you no longer have control of. A reminder to proceed with caution, especially when your guard has been retired.”

“I have to deal with envy when you choose the precious few, who’ve left their pride on the other side of coming back to you”

“Cohen isn’t afraid to sing about the feelings a lot of us are ashamed to admit. When read without the musical accompaniment and his emotive voice, the words on paper can be selfish and mean. Placed into context [the track Coming Back To You], they’re incandescent with humanity.”

Credit Due Department: Photo of Lemuria by Evan Kolosna – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikipedia Commons

Anjani Thomas Talks About Leonard Cohen Cooking For Her

Does Leonard cook for you?

He made me breakfast every morning until he tried to bring me this funny green protein drink, which he drinks. Now he only makes me the eggs in the morning. I like that very much about him.quotedown2

Anjani Thomas

From Mit Gedächtnisschwund kommt man schon sehr weit by Von Johannes Wächter. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Issue 17: 2007, an interview with Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas about their connection. Quote via Google Translate. Photo by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted April 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“It doesn’t really matter what the singer is speaking of, it doesn’t really matter what the song is. There’s something I listen for in a singer’s voice and that’s some kind of truth …” Leonard Cohen

It doesn’t really matter what the singer is speaking of, it doesn’t really matter what the song is. There’s something I listen for in a singer’s voice and that’s some kind of truth. It may even be truth of deception, it may even be the truth of the scam, the truth of the hustle in the singers own presentation, but something is coming across that is true, and if that isn’t there the song dies. And the singer deserves to die too, and will, in time, die. So the thing that I listen for is that note of something big manifested that is beyond the singer’s control.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988. Originally posted Dec 3, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Last Stage Performance – Save The Last Dance For Me (Auckland 2013)


auk132This video captures the poignant scene as Leonard Cohen performs Save The Last Dance For Me, a song made famous by The Drifters in 1960 (see “Save The Last Dance For Me,” Doc Pomus, & Leonard Cohen), and summons the entire Unified Heart Touring Company crew to the stage to end the Dec 21, 2013 Auckland show, the final concert of the 2013 tour – and the last time Leonard Cohen performed in public.


You can dance every dance with the guy
Who gives you the eye, let him hold you tight
You can smile every smile for the man
Who held your hand ‘neath the pale moon light
But don’t forget who’s takin’ you home
And in whose arms you’re gonna be
So darlin’ save the last dance for me

Leonard Cohen – Save The Last Dance For Me
Auckland: Dec 21, 2013
Video by Wirebirds aka Henry Tengelsen.

I Can’t Forget – When The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Meter Went To “Very High”

Introduction: I Can’t Forget

While I myself am still considered a Lenny-come-lately, having become interested in Leonard Cohen’s work only 15 years ago, I’ve become aware that a huge number of folks have become devout fans after Leonard’s final concert – Auckland, December 21, 2013. It occurred to those individuals might be interested in how things were in Cohen World during those halcyon days of the 2008-2013 Tours. Heck, even those who were lucky enough to qualify as Cohenites at the time might enjoy reliving the Golden Age Of Leonard. Today’s I Can’t Forget moment is a sequel to I Can’t Forget – The 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour Probability Meter, and was originally posted Feb 6, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Odds Of Leonard Cohen 2012 Tour Go Up

The Old Ideas album promotions have generated new clues about the possibility of a Leonard Cohen concert tour.

Actually, calling  this excerpt from Exclusive Q&A: Leonard Cohen on New Tour, ‘Old Ideas’ by Andy Greene (Rolling Stone. January 30, 2012)  a “clue” may be an understatement:

[Interviewer] Do you want to tour again soon?
[Leonard Cohen] A tour is being booked.  Whether I’m going to show up . . . I haven’t signed on for it yet, but it’s certainly in the air.

[Interviewer]  Do you want to do it?
[Leonard Cohen] I have two minds. I don’t like to do a small tour, so whether I’m going to sign up for for another couple of years . . . is that really where I want to be? Maybe it is.

[Interviewer] But you think it’s going to happen?
[Leonard Cohen] Looks like it’s going to happen.

[Interviewer] I know that you toured last time partially because of your financial situation. The tour must have taken care of that, so what would drive you to tour again?
[Leonard Cohen] I was able to restore my tiny fortune within a year or so, but I kept on touring. It wasn’t exclusively that unique situation. Touring is like taking the first step on a walk to China. It’s a serious commitment, so there are a lot of factors to be examined.

There are several more items of this sort. The following are a sampling that were easy to find.

John McCrank, for example, writing in Cohen Regroups With Old Ideas for Reuters (January 31, 2012) about Cohen’s appearance at Joe’s Pub in New York reports:

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