Video: You Want It Darker Featuring Gideon Zelermyer & Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue Choir – Montréal Symphonique Aug 19, 2017


Mimi Lela shot this video of the Leonard Cohen tribute at the Montréal Symphonique, a concert by Montreal’s three major orchestras (The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, the McGill Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre Métropolitai) and some of the Canada’s biggest pop artists on Mount Royal. According to Montréal Symphonique rouses crowd of thousands on Mount Royal (CBC News: Aug 19, 2017), the show was viewed by “a crowd of 80,000  and thousands more in parks across the city, where it was projected.”

Also see Video Clip: Rufus Wainwright Singing Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah At Montréal – Aug 19, 2017

“Legacy? I never thought that it would mean anything to me when I’m dead. I’m going to be busy.” Leonard Cohen 2009

Leonard Cohen reborn in the U.S.A. by Geoff Boucher at Pop & Hiss, the  L.A. Times music blog: February 27, 2009. Photo taken at the July 31, 2009 Leonard Cohen concert in León  by Indiana Caba. Originally posted November 11, 2014 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Darkness With Chanting – Boston 2012

I should have seen it coming
It was right behind your eyes
You were young and it was summer
I just had to take a dive
Winning you was easy
But darkness was the prize

The first video of a performance of Darkness with chanting.

Leonard Cohen – Darkness
Boston: Dec 16 ,2012
Video: albertnoonan

Note: Originally posted Dec 18, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

New & Improved Leonard Cohen Lyrics


Leonard Cohen Consultation Proposal

To: Leonard Cohen Business Management Team
From: DrHGuy, Ghost Lyricist
Re: Improving Leonard Cohen’s Lyrics To  Increase Gross Revenues and Enhance Return On Investment

First, I want to clarify that  it’s not that I’m saying there’s anything wrong with Mr. Cohen’s lyrics. I’ve gone through all of his songs, and some are, in fact, quite – uh, well, … remarkable. Yes, that’s what they are, remarkable.

But, with all respect, we have to ask, “Are these songs reaching their full potential ROI-wise?”

After all, I’m told, that Mr. Cohen is known for working on his  lyrics for long periods, sometimes revising a song over a period of years. Surely, he and his business representatives want to maximize the rewards earned by those efforts.

That’s where I come in. As a Lyrics Revisions Consultant,1 I show songwriters – discreetly, of course – variations on their lyrics that can extend their utility which, in turn, increases the earning power of those works. And if those revisions also happen to aesthetically improve the originals, then everybody wins, don’t we?

Proof of Concept Demonstration

Mr. Cohen has, I understand, experienced a financial setback because of a failed business relationship so I wouldn’t expect him to sign on without a demonstration of my skills. Consequently, as a sort of audition, I’ve taken a handful of his more well-known lines and reworked them to enhance their income potential.

In this exercise, the rewritten lines may not precisely match the original  rhyme schemes and meter, but from the work I might or might not have done with Bob Dylan but  cannot disclose because of privacy restrictions, I can assure Mr. Cohen that it is possible to fit almost any number of syllables and sound sequences into any tune.

Revisions That Enhance Commercial Potential

Mr. Cohen’s work, I’m informed, is rarely used in commercials. Thankfully, this tragedy can be rectified by executing a few minor changes. Consider the following:

Original Leonard Cohen Lyrics:

There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in


There is a crack in everything
That’s why you should buy the extended warranty package


Original Leonard Cohen Lyrics:

I ache in the places where I used to play


I ache in the places where I didn’t apply Ben-Gay

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  1. Lyrics Revisions Consultant is the preferred name these days for Ghost Lyricist, which I still have on my business card because I’m old school. []

Leonard Cohen’s Less Famous Plastic Raincoat


Excerpt from For Cohen, Grief Is Joy by Lynn Van Matre (Chicago Tribune: Nov 23, 1975). Thanks to Rike, who discovered and contributed the article. Note: The raincoat pictured is, as they say, an “artist’s vision” of Leonard’s plastic raincoat.

Note: OK, Leonard’s purchase of a cheap plastic raincoat as a joke doesn’t qualify as Essence Of Leonard Cohen stuff, but I am taken by the notion of Leonard covering herself in the same material my mother employed to protect her living room sofa.

Leonard Cohen On The Forbidding Future, His Lack Of Nostalgia, & Advice To Concertgoers – 1993 TV Interview

This interview took place in Barcelona before the May 15, 1993 Leonard Cohen concert at the Palau d’Esports.

Note: The comment about the future being claws with the nail polish flaking off originated with Leonard Cohen’s friend, Irving Layton. See Leonard Cohen on Irving Layton’s notion that culture is “just nail polish on the claws”