Video: 1976 Leonard Cohen Interview On French TV With English Translation

Leonard Cohen Reveals Difference Between Bob Dylan & Himself, Lists French Singers He Likes

Transcript & Translation by Francis Mus

Vous n’êtes pas souvent à la télévision, vous vous en méfiez?
You are not often on television; do you mistrust it?

LC: Un peu, mais moi je suis très heureux d’être invité : un chanteur étranger parmi les grands ici…
A bit, but me, I’m very happy to be invited: a foreign singer amongst those big names here…

Vous vous considérez comme un chanteur étranger?
Do you consider yourself as a foreign singer?

LC: Mais, je suis étranger
But, I am a foreigner

Vous êtes partout chez vous… Canadien anglais?
Your home is everywhere… anglophone Canadian?

LC: Oui Canadien anglais, la minorité!
Yes, anglophone Canadian, the minority!

Comment peut-on être à la fois poète, romancier, compositeur, interprète, …
How can one be at the same time poet, novelist, composer, interpreter…

LC: Fou… Non, ce n’est pas difficile. C’est la même chose.
Crazy… No, it’s not difficult. It’s the same thing.

Vous savez que vous représentez beaucoup pour la jeunesse? En êtes-vous conscient?
You know you mean a lot for the young people? Are you aware of it?

LC: Non, je n’en sais rien, vraiment.
No, I know nothing about it, really.

Qu’est-ce que vous en pensez, Charles? // Il est trop modeste // Il faut se méfier des gens modestes… ! / Parce qu’aux Etats-Unis, au Canada, on ne parle que de lui…
What do you think about it, Charles? // He is too modest. // One should mistrust modest people…! // Because in the US, in Canada, people only talk about him!

LC: Est-ce qu’on peut fumer ici?
Can I smoke in here?

Oui, bien sûr
Yes, of course

Vous écrivez en ce moment?
Are you writing at the moment?

LC: Oui, j’écris un roman, j’écris quelques livres de poésie, des romans, des choses comme ça…
Yes, I am writing a novel, I write some books of poetry, novels, things like that…

Quelle est la différence entre vous et Bob Dylan?
What is the difference between you and Bob Dylan?

LC: Il est jeune!
He is young!

Vous avez quel âge?
How old are you?

LC: 41, … et vous?
41, … and you?

(…)

En dehors de Charles Trenet, quels sont les chanteurs français que vous connaissez bien?
Besides Charles Trenet, which French singers do you know well?

LC: Oh, j’adore… Georges Brassens, Edith Piaf, Moustaki, j’aime bien…
Oh, I like… Georges Brassens, Edith Piaf, Moustaki, I like them…

Video: Leonard Cohen’s Last Stage Performance – Save The Last Dance For Me (Auckland 2013)

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auk132This video captures the poignant scene as Leonard Cohen performs Save The Last Dance For Me, a song made famous by The Drifters in 1960 (see “Save The Last Dance For Me,” Doc Pomus, & Leonard Cohen), and summons the entire Unified Heart Touring Company crew to the stage to end the Dec 21, 2013 Auckland show, the final concert of the 2013 tour – and the last time Leonard Cohen performed in public.

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You can dance every dance with the guy
Who gives you the eye, let him hold you tight
You can smile every smile for the man
Who held your hand ‘neath the pale moon light
But don’t forget who’s takin’ you home
And in whose arms you’re gonna be
So darlin’ save the last dance for me

Leonard Cohen – Save The Last Dance For Me
Auckland: Dec 21, 2013
Video by Wirebirds aka Henry Tengelsen.

Video: A Special Composite Presentation Of A Thousand Kisses Deep By Leonard Cohen

More Than A Thousand Kisses Deep

Leonard Cohen’s recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” has varied in content over the years. This composite of some of these versions is an especially gratifying coalition of international forces, featuring AlanM5049 of Adelaide, Australia, Roman Gavrilin (aka Hermitage Prisoner) of St. Petersburg, Russia, Sony of Canada (and everywhere else on Earth), DrHGuy of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Leonard Cohen, residing in Los Angeles, California [at the time of the original posting].

AlanM5049 describes the process.

I initially contemplated conjoining all the verses of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” from the several versions presented during the Leonard Cohen World Tour. A LeonardCohenForum posting by Goldin, Two “A Thousand Kisses Deep” recitations from 1997-1998,1 however, directed  me to older recordings, which I analyzed for content.

I cleaned up the sound on both where I could, but the connections between the versions were too abrupt.

Cohen’s pauses and Neil Larsen’s organ playing in the “Live In London” recording of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” provided the opportunity to integrate the unduplicated verses from the earlier recordings. I looped each organ piece several times until I had enough to add to the unaccompanied verses. I think that although the acoustics of the three  recordings are different, adding the organ track has supplied the continuity I was seeking. I confess that until I separated out Neil’s music, I hadn’t realized how beautifully complex it is.

I also moved the last stanza from the “Live In London” recording, at which point the delivery slows, to the end to produce a sense of an ending.

Cohen spoke a bit faster in the unaccompanied recitations, but when I tried to slow the speed the result sounded like “phasing,” dissuading me from using the slower version.

I was stimulated to finish the project by the impressive result created by combining Cohen’s recitation [of “Two Worlds,” a “specially written verse” of “A Thousand Kisses Deep”] with musical backing in the Sony 3D television advertisement.

DrHGuy Note: My own role was limited to adding photos and a movie clip pertinent to Leonard Cohen as well as a few sketches by the Canadian singer-songwriter to complete the video montage.

“A Thousand Kisses Deep” By Leonard Cohen
A Composite Presentation

 

Note: Originally posted Dec 30, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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  1. The pertinent portion of that post follows:

    I’ve found on YouTube 2 unattributed recitations. Haven’t received replies from the uploaders so far, but I think I cleared up the details.

    1. The first recording is inexplicably unclaimed (less than 1 view per day!): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0M5mMSIX6RY. It is a fragment of 1997 – Beautiful Losers – Arte Network, France – 34m Interview for French TV, broadcast on 29 July 1997. See screenshot @ Diamonds in the Mine to receive evidence:
    “film & arts” logo, the same suit, the same window frame finally 🙂

    2. The other one is extremely popular (more than 1,1 million views) audio-only recording: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXaRT8CXmGE

    Briefly, this recitation is taken from KCRW interview (March 3, 1998). It was mentioned on the Forum by Jean-François Bédard in 2002 and by Tom Sakic in 2003.
    This lyrics also appeared here, in Lily’s post. But the lyrics recited in 1997 are little-known. Google finds its ONLY appearance on the Net.

    Read this masterpiece below and note the second strophe!

    A Thousand Kisses Deep (1997)

    Don’t matter if the road is long
    Don’t matter if it’s steep
    Don’t matter if the moon is gone
    And the darkness is complete
    Don’t matter if we lose our way
    It’s written that we’ll meet
    At least, that’s what I heard you say
    A thousand kisses deep

    Don’t matter if you lie to me
    Don’t matter if you cheat
    When you sell me down the river
    I’ll pretend to be asleep
    There’s a pair of leather gloves for you
    And a blade against your cheek
    But it’s strange what you forget to do
    A thousand kisses deep

    I loved you when you opened
    Like a lily to the heat
    You see, I’m just another snowman
    Standing in the rain and sleet
    Who loved you with his frozen love
    His second hand physique
    With all he is and all he was
    A thousand kisses deep []

Leonard Cohen 2010 Helsinki Concert: Photos & Feels So Good Video

Leonard Cohen - Helsinki 2010. Photo by Vesa

Fine Photos & Vivid Videos From Aug 8, 2010 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert

Some  Leonard Cohen concerts feature inspired performance, enthusiastic audiences, and unique aspects (e.g., one time renditions of a version of a song, a special message to a particular crowd, or a thought invoked by the specific venue) but fail to grab the attention of the review-reading, video-viewing, picture-perusing fans not in attendance at the show.

Other stops on the Leonard Cohen World Tour, however, produce a plethora of arresting  recordings and images. The August 8, 2010 Leonard Cohen Helsinki Concert falls into this abundance of blessings category, having already been the focus of three previous entries on this site.The quality of these photos and video from the Helsinki show displayed below mandate their posting.

Video: Leonard Cohen – Feels So Good

Feels so good, not to love you like I did
Feels so good, not to love you like I did
It’s like they tore away my blindfold and they said,
We’re gonna let this prisoner live
It’s like they tore away my blindfold and they said,
We’re gonna let this prisoner live

Helsinki: August 8, 2010
Video from HasseNyman

 

Leonard Cohen and Bob Metzger - Helsinki 2010. Photo by Maarten Massa

Leonard Cohen - Helsinki 2010. Photo by MM

Credit Due Department: The first and final photos are by Vesa Tapiola and the others are by Maarten Massa.

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Note: Originally posted Aug 18, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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