Leonard Cohen on his preference for “writing in which there is no reference to anything beyond the individual’s own predicament, his own mess, his own struggle.”

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There are people like Charles Bukowski who make that tiny will glorious, and that’s a kind of writing that I like very much: a writing in which there is no reference to anything beyond the individual’s own predicament, his own mess, his own struggle.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen as interviewed by Robert Sward Montreal 1984. Photo by Antonio Olmos. Originally posted March 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Also see The Human Predicament In Leonard Cohen’s Music

Leonard Cohen On Jennifer Warnes & Her Famous Blue Raincoat Album “Her taste is impeccable, her musical decisions are impeccable…”

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She [Jennifer Warnes] goes for real emotion in the back up vocals … her taste is impeccable, her musical decisions are impeccable. I’m very pleased with this project [Famous Blue Raincoat album] for many reasons. I love Jennifer as a person and as a singer and the fact that she’s dedicated all that talent to my songs – well you don’t have many of those gestures made towards you in your life.quotedown2

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From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)

Leonard Cohen Had A Thing For The Australians On Hydra

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The Australians [on Hydra] drank more than other people, they wrote more, they got sick more, they got well more, they cursed more, they blessed more, and they helped a great deal more. They were an inspiration.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen George Johnston Charmian Clift On Hydra. Hydra photo by Marie-louise Guillard. Originally posted September 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on Sharon Robinson: “When we sing together, my voice contains no loneliness.”

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In very early times, I tried that  [releasing albums without many accompanying musicians]. But in the meantime, my music became much more complex. Furthermore, I would bore myself to death to be in the studio or on stage alone. Sharon Robinson, who has worked with me since 1979 as a backup singer and who produced the new album, has succeeded in cushioning the imperfections of my voice. When we sing together, my voice contains no loneliness.quotedown2

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From The Happy Message of the Aged, Interview by Sven F. Goergens. (Translated by Marie Mazur, using translation software, with the aid of Adi Heindl): Focus: September 15, 2001. Originally posted Apr 17, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen explains how he maintained his purity when other folk singers “went for the money”

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In the late ’60s you were in a community of folk singers who played together, sang each other’s songs – And everybody went for the money. Everybody. The thing died very, very quickly; the merchants took over. Nobody resisted. My purity is based on the fact that nobody offered me much money.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988. Originally posted August 10, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“When I saw his courage that’s where I drew my courage from” Leonard Cohen On The Courage Of His Son, Adam

From Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page

From Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page

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My son had a very serious car smash and I spent four months beside him in the hospital. That upset the process. A child being hurt like that is the parent’s nightmare. It calls on resources you never knew you had. He was badly hurt and when he perceived how badly hurt he was it represented a real assault on his morale. You’re ready to deal with your own disasters but not someone else’s. When I saw his courage that’s where I drew my courage from.quotedown2

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From “Hello! I Must Be Cohen” by Gavin Martin (New Musical Express, January 9, 1993)

Credit Due Department: Photo from Adam Cohen’s Facebook Page. Originally posted November 18, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric