“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


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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

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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)

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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.

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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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“No State or Authority will ever define my shadow on a woman or hers on me.” Leonard Cohen


From Leonard Cohen’s Apr 22, 1964 letter to Redmond Wallis, a writer from New Zealand, who was Cohen’s friend as well as his fellow resident on Hydra. At the time this letter was written, Leonard Cohen was living in Montreal, and Wallis was at his home on Hydra. This letter is archived at the National Library of New Zealand – Wellington, Originally posted September 9, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen & Henry David Thoreau On An Antidote For Love

Thoreau’s words were written in his journal July 25, 1839 when he was enamored of Ellen Sewall.1 Leonard Cohen’s words are from the lyrics of “Ain’t No Cure for Love,” which was first released on Jennifer Warnes’ 1987 tribute album Famous Blue Raincoat. It was then released on Cohen’s 1988 album I’m Your Man.

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  1. Source: The Writings of Henry D. Thoreau []