Leonard Cohen on Montreal: “It’s that combination of sophistication and funkiness that I like”

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Leonard Cohen interviewed by Hans Pfitzinger in Paris, 1988.

Credit Due Department: Photo by Chicoutimi – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons. Originally posted Leonard Cohen interviewed by Hans Pfitzinger in Paris, 1988 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Canada Day Post: Leonard Cohen Thanks Canada

lconcanLeonard Cohen’s gracious and eloquent expression of thanks to his homeland befits Canada Day. This quotation is from a speech Leonard Cohen made during a January 28, 2010 party at the Canadian consul general’s residence on the eve of him being awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Found at Leonard Cohen offers thanks to Canada – The Globe and Mail. The text follows:

My great grandfather, Lazarus Cohen, came to Canada in 1869, to the county of Glengarry, a little town in Maberly. It’s customary to thank people for the help and aid they’ve given. On this occasion, because of the great hospitality that was accorded my ancestor who came here over 140 years ago, I want to thank this country, Canada, for allowing us to live and work and flourish in a place that was different from all other places in the world. So I thank Canada for the opportunity that was given me to work and play and flourish … Thank you, friends.

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Leonard Cohen’s Perspective On The American Political Scene In 1992

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I’m a Canadian, and Canadians are educated to watch America very closely — just as women are educated to watch men very closely — because what America does affects us. My song ‘Democracy,’ which was begun in ’88 or ’89, was certainly not designed as promotional material for the Democratic Party. I believe my songs last as long as the Volvo, which is about 30 years. So I don’t want to identify this song with this Administration, which may last eight years. I’ve still got 22 years. But of course, as a Canadian, I wish the Administration well. I can summon many blessings for the man, and especially for his wife, whom I find immensely attractive.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, The Lord Byron of Rock-and-Roll by Karen Schoemer New York Times: November 29, 1992.

Note: Originally posted May 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on Canada becoming “a noble country, not a powerful country”

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I do love Canada, just because it isn’t America and I have, I suppose, foolish dreams about Canada. I believe it could somehow avoid American mistakes, and it could really be that country that becomes a noble country, not a powerful countryquotedown2

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From An Interview with Leonard Cohen by Michael Harris. Duel: Winter 1969.

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Note: Originally posted Oct 8, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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Leonard Cohen On Canada’s Relationship With The US

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The Canadians are like the Jews, they’re continually examining their identity. We’re on the edge of a great empire, and this throws the whole thing into a very special kind of relief. Canadians have always understood that we have to go along with the United States to a certain extent. But even though article after article (in the Canadian press) threatens us with the extinction of our identity, I don’t think anybody in Canada seriously believes that we’re going to become Americans. It’s a curious kind of paranoia.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker’s Trade by Paul Williams (Crawdaddy, March 1975)

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Note: Originally posted Oct 15, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Credit Due Department: Photo By Ian Muttoo from Mississauga, Canada (Happy Canada Day!Uploaded by Skeezix1000) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons