Anjani On Leonard Cohen’s Lyrics: “Leonard is an extraordinary songwriter because he is first of all a poet”

Q: What do you like about Leonard Cohen’s lyrics?

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They are wonderful to sing. Leonard is an extraordinary songwriter because he is first of all a poet. His lyrics read like poems. He has the wonderful gift of juxtaposing images that would normally never be brought together. This results in sharp, impressive, almost magical word pairings. For example, Blue Alert starts with the lines: ‘There’s perfume burning in the air.’ In the song, words like ‘perfume’ and ‘beauty’ become ‘shrapnel’ and ‘dirt.’ For me this is the description of a very original, essential feeling state.quotedown2

Anjani Thomas

 

From Mit Gedächtnisschwund kommt man schon sehr weit by Von Johannes Wächter. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Issue 17: 2007, an interview with Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas about their connection. Quote via Google Translate. Photo by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted April 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Everyone working on their relationships, always discussing them, that can certainly cause only grief …” Leonard Cohen

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I have to go back to the word ‘relationship’ you just mentioned. In my opinion, this expression has a threatening, almost sinister taste. Everyone working on their relationships, always discussing them, that can certainly cause only grief. What we two [Anjani Thomas & I] have, is better – there is no word for it.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Mit Gedächtnisschwund kommt man schon sehr weit by Von Johannes Wächter. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Issue 17: 2007, an interview with Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas about their connection. Quote via Google Translate. Photo by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted April 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Hear Leonard Cohen Talk About Lines Written Under “The Tyranny Of Rhyme,” Politics, Love As An Ailment, Anjani, Recycling His Art & More – 2006

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This Feb. 7, 2006 interview offers an impressive range and depth of material (albeit organized in a somewhat random manner).

From CBC description:

Leonard Cohen has reasons to celebrate. Five of his songs are being inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. As heard in this in-depth radio interview, the usually reserved artist reflects back on his life. He talks openly about his days at a Buddhist monastery, his love of wine, his failure at love and what this latest honour means for the 71-year-old artist.

The five songs by Leonard Cohen inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006 were

  • Ain’t No Cure For Love
  • Bird on the Wire
  • Everybody Knows (co-written with Sharon Robinson)
  • Suzanne
  • Hallelujah

Program: Sounds Like Canada
Broadcast Date: Feb. 7, 2006
Guest: Leonard Cohen
Host: Shelagh Rogers
Duration: 21:02

Video: Leonard Cohen & Anjani Talk About Working Together On Blue Alert

This brief video features a 2006 interview with Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas by Luce Gauthier in Toronto during the promotion of the Blue Alert album (released in Canada on May 2, 2006) and appears to have originally aired on TFO, the Franco-Ontarian public television network.

While most fans will already be familiar with the information in the interview, this opportunity to hear Leonard Cohen and Anjani Thomas articulate the strengths each brought to their collaboration in creating Blue Alert shouldn’t be missed. The video also includes clips from Anjani’s performances.

The video, which cannot be embedded, can be viewed at YouTube: Luce Gauthier – Entrevue Leonard Cohen – Anjani

Note: Originally posted Nov 15, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: 1985 Backstage Banter Starring Anjani, Directed By Dominique Issermann – Leonard Cohen, Cameraman

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Musical Of Backstage Lives Of Artists On Tour Opens Off-Broadway To Mixed Reviews

This teaser features Leonard Cohen as videographer, Anjani Thomas in pseudo-rant, and Dominique Issermann directing. An unrecognized (by me) cast member provides comic relief. The scene deteriorates when, in  a room full of musicians, no one knows the words to “Dominique.”

From German Documentary ‘Halleluja in Moll’ (1985)
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An alternative version of “Dominique” follows:

Soeur Sourire Plays And Sings Dominique (1963)
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Video: 1985 Leonard Cohen Soundcheck – Rehearsing, Toasting, Mopping

moll2There’s a lot to like in this two minute video segment from the German Documentary ‘Halleluja in Moll,’ including a rehearsal of Tonight Will Be Fine and If It Be Your Will, the latter featuring Anjani Thomas and a post-rehearsal meeting of the musicians . But, for me, nothing beats the few seconds of mopping going on in front of the stage by folks oblivious to the musical labors going on a few feet away.

Leonard Cohen And Band – Rehearsal
From German Documentary ‘Halleluja in Moll’
Munich: March 9, 1985
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Note: Originally posted Oct 5, 2009 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric