New Leonard Cohen Book (Turkish): Daha Da Karanlik-Hikayeleriyle Leonard Cohen Sarkilari by Berk Kurucay

Daha Da Karanlik-Hikayeleriyle Leonard Cohen Sarkilari by Berk Kurucay

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Karakarga (2016)
  • Language: Turkish
  • ISBN-10: 6059670202
  • ISBN-13: 978-6059670203

From description at Karakarga  site via Google Translate:

More Dark – Leonard Cohen Songs On Styles

Is she the woman she mentioned in the Chelsea Hotel? Was the guy at Famous Blue Raincoat really a friend? In which song did you refer to Scientology? Why did The Future record the album in so many different places? Why did he wait 10 years before making Ten New Songs?

According to some people, poetry, according to some people, a scene of a few minutes, a story according to some people, an entire life-funded music by some …

The stories of his songs, Leonard Cohen …

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Dominique BOILE, who alerted me to this book

Unsung Guitar Hero: “Leonard Cohen had a unique guitar style and musical approach that are worthy of praise”


Leonard Cohen – Dublin 2012 (Photo by Mandy MacLeod)

When you hear the name Leonard Cohen, six-string mastery isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But, in addition to his craftsmanship as a poet and songwriter, Cohen had a unique guitar style and musical approach that are worthy of praise—certainly no less so than other influential guitarist-singer-songwriters like Neil Young. Sylvie Simmons, who wrote biographies of Cohen and Young, once said they both created a “one man genre.”

Cohen’s contribution lies within the Spanish and classical flavors he incorporated into his music. He built a musical bridge above the Atlantic Ocean, even if it was just by using a nylon-string guitar that was (and perhaps still is) considered less conventional in the “West.”

Opening paragraphs of Unsung Guitar Heroes: Tribute to Leonard Cohen by Udi Glaser (Guitar World: Dec 22, 2016). The complete article, including specific examples of Leonard Cohen’s finger-picking expertise, is available at the link. One of the examples is shown below:

EXAMPLE 1: It Takes You Down

In this example, you’ll find an intro in the style of “Suzanne.” It uses a picking pattern in 6/4 that uses a repeated bass line—root-5th—and that iconic “Conehic” sus4 note. This creates a sense of three parts: the bass, the chord arpeggios and an additional melodic line that derives from the added note, which turns a major chord almost into a “minor.”


Bonus Leonard Cohen Feature

Guitar World also offers another recent article detailing Leonard Cohen’s guitar skills:  The Fingerpicking Finesse of Leonard Cohen by Dale Turner (Guitar World: Nov 15, 2016).

Credit Due Department: Photo atop post by Mandy MacLeod.

Leonard Cohen on His 2008 Tour: “It didn’t look like it was going to pan out very well” – From Leonard Cohen Master of Song by Sylvie Simmons


Leonard Cohen’s Reluctance To Begin The 2008 Tour

Graciously acceding to my request, Sylvie Simmons offers an excerpt from her forthcoming 5000 word essay on Leonard Cohen that will appear in The next issue of MOJO (#279), which should be in the hands of subscribers and on newsstands the end of Dec 2016 or early Jan 2017.

“It’s hard to separate the feelings at the beginning of the [2008]  tour”, said Leonard. “Reluctance of course. The difficulty of assembling the band, especially when you haven’t done it for almost fifteen years, and in those early periods of assembling the band I guess I felt some reluctance that I had started the whole process, because it didn’t look like it was going to pan out very well. There was a great anxiety about whether we had a show. And my voice”, he laughed. “Well my voice was the least of my worries. I’ve never thought of my voice as a fine or a delicate instrument; I’ve never thought of myself as a singer.” But finally he said he was ready.

Leonard Cohen On Cover Of, Featured In Jan 2017 Rolling Stone (German Edition)


Leonard Cohen: He was our man
To the death of the poet and novelist, monk and gentleman Leonard Cohen – who now refers to hi room in the “Tower Of Song”. Mikal Gilmore recalls

Source: Rolling Stone [via Google Translate]

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Christof Graf, who alerted me to and contributed this cover

New Book – Smudging The Air: The lyrics of Leonard Cohen By Teresa Quayle


Dominique BOILE alerts us to a new Leonard Cohen book, Smudging The Air: The lyrics of Leonard Cohen By Teresa Quayle.

  • 336 pages
  •  CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Dec 21, 2016
  • English
  • ISBN-10: 1541167007
  • ISBN-13: 978-1541167001

According to the French Amazon site,

This book contains a comprehensive description of the lyrics of Leonard Cohen. All of the lyrics of the songs released on the studio albums, comprising 117 lyrics, recorded on 13 albums from 1967 to 2014, have been analysed. Part 1 explains the themes which run through the work, with a discussion of the extent to which the lyrics have changed over time. Part 2 contains a description of each lyric. The aim is to explain why their language is so compelling – phrases like ‘tea and oranges all the way from China’ and ‘the monkey and the plywood violin’ have always seemed to be memorable in a very special way. The author has carried out close analysis of the lyrics, and has identified six main themes which occur continually throughout. These are: relationships, politics, belief, addictions, music and ageing. In addition, she has introduced a ‘free’ category for those lyrics in which meaning remains undefined. This book shows that these themes occur over and over again throughout the lyrics. The first part starts with analysis of why the lyrics are different from other popular lyrics, showing that the lyrics combine elements of conversational language with elements of poetry. The result is that the lyrics draw in the listeners on two levels – they feel that they are part of a private conversation at the same time as having to interpret more complex language to construct their own meaning. The author goes on to address each theme in turn, describing how many lyrics contain that theme. In each case, samples of text are quoted to support that decision. The first part of the book also has chapters about other points of interest. These include the powerlessness of the narrators of the lyrics and Cohen’s portrayal of the characters of the lyrics, sometimes merging and confusing them. There is a final chapter about the way the lyrics have changed over time. The second part of the book contains a short description of each lyric, showing which of the six themes is included within it. The book does not provide a definitive meaning for each lyric. Individual listeners want decide what the meaning is for themselves and there is no intention of interfering with that process. The aim is to take an objective look at the lyrics and describe what is there in the language as written. The hope is that this book will help Cohen’s many fans understand why the lyrics appeal to them so strongly and perhaps suggest some alternative interpretations which they may not have yet considered. Further, this book shows that this is not an assorted collection of pop songs, but a coherent body of work, with the six main themes occurring continually throughout.

The author has an MA in English Language from the University of Lancaster. The dissertation required as part of the qualification for that degree was also about the lyrics of Leonard Cohen, and this book is inspired by, and partly based on, the dissertation material. The author also has a BSc in mathematics and worked for many years in Information Technology, latterly as a specialist in information security.


“Leonard Cohen was special to be around, not because he was a celebrity but because he was always the smartest, wittiest, and most profoundly insightful person in the room” Howard Bilerman

ringHoward Bilerman, the producer and recording engineer who runs Montreal’s hotel2tango studio and a Grammy nominated musician, is best known to Leonard Cohen fans for the role he played in creating the You Want It Darker album.

Shortly after Leonard Cohen’s death, Howard posted  what he calls “a small drop of ink to add to the rivers already poured…” – a moving tribute to the Canadian singer-songwriter he admired – at

Howard Bilerman’s Farewell To Leonard Cohen