“I’m not impressed by my opinions … It is the kind of information that arises from the work of making the songs that interests me.” Leonard Cohen


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I’m not impressed by my opinions at all. It is the kind of information that arises from the work of making the songs that interests me, and those are positions. I call them positions rather than opinions. Those are positions that I don’t command and I don’t use in arguments. They just are positions, they just are constellations of feelings and thoughts that as I say are often empty and just act as refreshment or oxygen, rather than slogans or manifestos.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen: Pondering His Past and ‘The Future’ by Scott Crawford (Intermission, Stanford Daily: April 8, 1993). Originally posted Aug 3, 2016 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Biblical Associations In His Music

Q: Much of the imagery in your music has biblical associations. Is that intentional?

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I’ve always regarded the Bible as a collection of stories we all know and it’s important to tap into a common reservoir. Our Bible was written during one of the great periods of the language, and most of the great orators of recent memory — Jesse Jackson or Martin Luther King Jr., for instance — are based in that tradition. That’s where the richness of our language resides.quotedown2

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From Eight Hours To Harry, Kristine McKenna (KCRW: Oct 1988).

Credit Due Department: “This [the photo] is a first edition of the first King James version of the Bible. It was published in 1611 by Robert Barker, the King’s printer.” Photo and description by Earl McGehee

Note: Originally posted Jan 19, 2015 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“It’s enough to put a dent in one’s mood, isn’t it?” Leonard Cohen talks about being bilked out of his savings (2006)

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I’ve been used as a cautionary tale. It’s enough to put a dent in one’s mood, isn’t it? I pay very little attention to business: I mean, I didn’t know where the bank was. I’d never been to the bank. So over the course of my career I’ve lost a great deal of my assets just by … well, I didn’t listen to my mother and that’s why all this happened. When I left Montreal and moved to New York my mother said, ‘Be careful, Leonard, those people are not like us.’ And Mother was right! But the lawsuit did confine me to barracks, so to speak; I don’t want to produce a response like ‘Every cloud has a silver lining,’ but it has, coincidentally or deliberately, produced a lot of good work.quotedown2

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From Idol Chatter column by Brantley Bardin in Premiere magazine (June 2006). Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on the experience of hearing a song: “It’s like a sexual embrace …”

Interviewer: “Where do these depths of despair come from?”

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I can’t really answer that. I think that when people hear a song, they hear it in a realm where these questions are irrelevant. It’s only after they stop listening that the questions arise. The songs themselves don’t partake of a description like elation or depression. It’s like a sexual embrace–there are no questions until you step outside of the embrace, separate yourself from it.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker’s Trade by Paul Williams (Crawdaddy, March 1975). Originally posted November 7, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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