Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection: Leonard Cohen Asks “Do I want to be Frank Sinatra?”

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I don’t think anybody really knows why they’re doing anything. If you stop someone on the subway and say, ‘Where are you going–in the deepest sense of the word?’ you can’t really expect an answer. I really don’t know why I’m here. It’s a matter of ‘What else would I be doing?’ Do I want to be Frank Sinatra, who’s really great, and do I want to have great retrospectives of my work? I’m not really interested in being the oldest folksinger around.quotedown2

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From “Leonard Cohen: Several Lifetimes Already” by Pico Iyer (Shambhala Sun: September 1998)

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection series explores the links between the crooner known as “The Voice” and the Canadian singer-songwriter “born with the gift of a golden voice.”

Note: Originally posted April 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen: “How do we produce work that touches the heart?”

toucheartFrom At Lunch With Leonard Cohen;Philosophical Songwriter On A Wire by Jon Pareles. New York Times: October 11, 1995. Originally posted October 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Aging: “A Very Interesting Process”

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Getting older, of course, is the only game in town. It is really a very interesting process. My friend [Irving] Layton called it ‘the inescapable lousiness of growing old,’ but I don’t know if I subscribe to this. I think it takes about 65 years to find your way around the block. quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen on The Book Of Longing – May 2006 CBC Interview with Shelagh Rogers

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection: Cohen Quotes Sinatra: “I’m for anything that gets you through the night.”

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Beryl Fox: What happens to your own personal anguish when you see it spread across the country and you know that you are making money on it.

Leonard Cohen: Well, I don’t know if I am gonna make any money on it. [Laughs] I don’t know if you can, if you can sell your anguish then you have probably done one of the best possible things you can do with anguish you know, anything you can do with anguish is good. Like Frank Sinatra said “I’m for anything that gets you through the night.” Print is a minor form of invisibility. I think that if you really get good then you do disappear

From This Hour Has Seven Days. CBC: May 1, 1966. [Formatting mine]

DrHGuy Note – The Sinatra quote follows:

Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection series explores the links between the crooner known as “The Voice” and the Canadian singer-songwriter “born with the gift of a golden voice.”

Note: Originally posted April 4, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Describes How “To Sit Comfortably In The Bonfire Of Desire”

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It’s like sleeping on the wind. You have these feelings [of passion] but you don’t reject them. You just lean on them, you just burn in them, to sit comfortably in the bonfire of desire. You do not try to prevent yourself from being burned to a crisp. That’s how you can sit comfortably in the fire. If you put up the slightest resistance, if you try to put any burn ointment on, you’ll suffer horribly. I like to give myself to it.quotedown2

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From At Lunch With Leonard Cohen; Philosophical Songwriter On A Wire by Jon Pareles. New York Times: October 11, 1995. Originally posted Oct 20, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric