Leonard Cohen Attributes Refinement In His Music To Self-Confidence & Gain In Self-Confidence To Bob Johnston


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I used to be petrified with the idea of going on the road and presenting my work. I often felt that the risks of humiliation were too wide. But with the help of my last producer, Bob Johnston, I gained the self-confidence I felt was necessary. My music now is much more highly refined. When you are again in touch with yourself and you feel a certain sense of health, you feel somehow that the prison bars are lifted, and you start hearing new possibilities in your workquotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen: Cohen’s New Skin by Harvey Kubernik. Melody Maker: 1 March 1975. Accessed at We Are Cult Originally posted December 19, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Come Spend The Morning – The One Song Written By Leonard Cohen & Bob Johnston

lc-johnston-72-scaled1000Note: Originally posted May 25, 2011 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Bob Johnston – Leonard Cohen Songwriting Team

In 1972 or 1973, Leonard Cohen wrote the lyrics to and Bob Johnston composed the music for “Come Spend The Morning,” a song performed  by Lee Hazlewood on “Poet, Fool Or Bum” (1973) and by Engelbert Humperdinck on “Don’t You Love Me Anymore”  (1981).

While little is known about how this collaboration between Cohen and Johnston came about, the most puzzling issue may be why the two as a team produced only one such song. Most Cohencentric readers are familiar with Leonard Cohen’s credentials as a songwriter. And Bob Johnston, while best known as the producer responsible for Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison” and “San Quentin” albums, Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bookends,” several Willie Nelson records, and Bob Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited,” “Blonde On Blonde,” “John Wesley Harding,” “Nashville Skyline,” “Self Portrait”, and “New Morning,” he also wrote  for Mac Curtis and others, recorded a few of his own rockabilly singles (1956 to 1961), did freelance arranging for Dot Records, and served as a songwriter for music publisher Hill and Range.

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Photo: Bob Johnston, Leonard Cohen & Charlie Daniels – 1970

DrHGuy Note: Leonard Cohen didn’t tour in 1971, but he and The Army, including Charlie Daniels & Bob Johnston, played Royal Albert Hall May 10, 1970.

Note: Originally posted December 23, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric