Leonard Cohen On His Show Business Principle “I wanted to get paid for my work, but I didn’t want to work for pay”

How does it feel to have weathered 30 years in the business?

It’s a long time, my child. I’ve had a blessed kind of renown, though it waxes and wanes. I’ve been able to satisfy a principle I established for myself early in the game, which was that I wanted to get paid for my work, but I didn’t want to work for pay.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen by Neva Chonin (Rolling Stone: December 11, 1997). Originally posted Dec 26, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Writes – Elegantly – From Montreal To Friends In Hydra 1963

Autumn here, the one I always remembered, red trees and sunlight, a bright wind swirling the leaves and skirts, the buildings more solid for all the fragile movement of the trees and walkers.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen’s elegant writing style is evident not only in his poems and songs but also his personal correspondence. This Leonard Cohen epistolary except is from his Oct 6, 1963 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 working in Montreal, and Wallis was at his home on Hydra. This letter is archived at the National Library of New Zealand – Wellington. Originally posted Mar 24, 2014 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I don’t have a religious attitude. I find myself up against the wall from time to time, and my heart cries out for help. I don’t know what religion it cries out in.” Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen Press Conference, Reykjavik, 1988. Originally posted October 28, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Audience Member, while Leonard Cohen tunes guitar: “Good enough for folk music” Leonard Cohen: “Yeah, but not good enough for eternity” (1976)

With his back to just over a hundred fans who filled Nashville’s Exit-In, Leonard paused for the third time to tune his guitar. A drunken voice blurted from the darkness, ‘Good enough for folk music!’ A few patrons chuckled. Leonard made a final adjustment, then casually turned to respond, ‘Yeah, but not good enough for eternity.’ He smiled his sardonic best and the adoring crowd filled the small room with laughter. Leonard was back, and we lucky few were there with him.quotedown2


From Leonard Lately – A Leonard Cohen interview-article by Bill Conrad.  Posted May 7, 2012 at No Depression. Note: Although not published until 2012, the article is based on an interview that took place in autumn 1976. Originally posted June 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric