Leonard Cohen on Boogie Street as “ordinary human struggle and life”

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Bugis Street, Singapore, referenced in Boogie Street by Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson

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[Boogie Street is] ordinary human struggle and life, the place of work and desire. It’s where we’re meant to be, it’s what we’re born into. There are moments when the burden of the self is lifted, but those are only temporary situations. As I say in the song, ‘You kiss my lips and then it’s done/I’m back on Boogie Street.’ Whatever the experience is — the god, the woman, the insight, the epiphany, the penetration — those are temporary events. Or as my old teacher says, ‘You can’t live in Paradise — no toilets or restaurants.’quotedown2

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Angst & Aquavit by Brendan Bernhard. LA Weekly: September 26, 2001. Photo atop post by Jfkjaya. – Own work., CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons

“The taste of significance is that which we call poetry” Leonard Cohen

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I don’t think [poetry is] for everybody. In its pure form it’s like bee pollen. I feel that way about poetry. The honey of poetry is all over the place. It is in the writing of the National Geographic, when an idea is absolutely clear and beautiful; it’s in movies; it’s all over because the taste of significance is that which we call poetry, when something resonates with a particular kind of significance. We may not call it poetry but we’ve experienced poetry. It’s got something to do with truth and rhythm and authority and music.quotedown2

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From Jewish Book News Interview With Leonard Cohen by Arthur Kurzweil And Pamela Roth: 1994. Originally posted Aug 8, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“A personal indifference to my own condition, to my own opinions, to my own activities has liberated me to say what I want to say.” Leonard Cohen

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From Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993. Photo of Leonard Cohen by Roland Godefroy (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.

Leonard Cohen On Location: “[L.A. is] a risky place to live, but there’s something oddly compelling about it”

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[Los Angeles is] a risky place to live, but there’s something oddly compelling about it. It’s a place that’s falling apart. Geologically, the ground is splitting. Socially it’s in ferment. And the fragmentation of the psyche can be examined very clearly there. quotedown2

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From Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993. Originally posted January 4, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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Credit Due Department: By Robert A. Eplett – This image is from the FEMA Photo Library., Public Domain, via Wikipedia Commons

Leonard Cohen On Songwriting “You shatter versions of the self until you get down to a line, a word, that you can defend, that you can wrap your voice around without choking”

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From Life Of A Lady’s Man by Brian D. Johnson. Maclean’s: Dec 7, 1992. Originally posted Aug 25, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“A song should affirm the life of the heart and if it doesn’t touch you then there is no point” Leonard Cohen

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If a song doesn’t move swiftly from heart-to-heart then it doesn’t qualify as a song for you. A song should affirm the life of the heart and if it doesn’t touch you then there is no point. We live in a very analytical time so we are invited to analyse everything we do and like but I don’t think our affections are based on analysis. The things we feel good about and touch us are perceived easily.quotedown2

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From Cohen Won’t Take You Down by Bruce Guthrie (Melbourne Herald: May 30, 1985)

Credit Due Department: Thanks to Barry Hansen, who posted the Herald article on FB. Photo By Daniel Bastida