“Clothes are magical, a magical procedure, they really change the way you are in a day…” Leonard Cohen On Clothing, Including That Old Raincoat Of His

Well, I find it very difficult to buy clothes. Because I’ve had that raincoat for ten or twelve years now, that’s my coat. I have one coat and one suit because, for one thing, I find it very difficult to buy clothes at a time like this. I somehow can’t reconcile it with my visions of a human benefactor. You know, to be buying clothes when people are in such bad shape elsewhere; so I wear out the old things I’ve got. Also, I can’t find any clothes that represent me. And clothes are magical, a magical procedure, they really change the way you are in a day. Any woman knows this, and men have discovered it now. I mean, clothes are important to us and until I can discover in some clearer way what I am to myself I’ll just keep on wearing my old clothes.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From an interview by Michael Harris that appeared in the journal Duel, Winter 1969. Originally posted April 20, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Video – Leonard Cohen Talks About His Life On Hydra: Why He Came, How He Met Marianne, Writing Books & Songs There …

I met a girl and I stayed for eight or ten years.
Yeah, that’s the way it was in those days.

Leonard Cohen

“This was the laboratory of my youth”

In this video, excerpted from the 1988 film Songs From The Life Of Leonard Cohen, Leonard Cohen, accompanied by his backup singers Perla Batalla and Julie Christensen, revisits the home in Hydra that he shared with Marianne of So Long Marianne  In addition to a discussion of his life on Hydra, this clip includes performances  of Who By Fire, Bird On The Wire, So Long Marianne, Partisan, and Famous Blue Raincoat.

Video: 2010 Leonard Cohen Florence Show – Famous Blue Raincoat Featuring Dino Soldo


And Jane came by with a lock of your hair
She said that you gave it to her
That night that you planned to go clear
Sincerely, L Cohen

Leonard Cohen – Famous Blue Raincoat
Piazza Santa Croce, Florence: Sept 1, 2010
Video by albertnoonan


Glen Hansard Covers So Long Marianne & Famous Blue Raincoat With Javier Mas In Leonard Cohen Tribute – Antwerp

Glen Hansard, alog with Cohen’s guitarist Javier Mas, performed So Long Marianne and Famous Blue Raincoat as a tribute to Leonard Cohen in De Roma in Antwerp, Belgium on Nov 18, 2016

Asaf Avidan’s Leonard Cohen Quote That Defines Music He Loves: “We must never lament casually, and we must always do it with a sense of honour and beauty”

Avidan chokes up a bit as he recalls a Leonard Cohen quote that for him defines the music he loves: ‘We must never lament casually, and we must always do it with a sense of honour and beauty.’ I get goose bumps just saying that. And that is exactly music to me. And it can define any music that I like. It can define The Wall and it can define Muddy Waters: ‘Never lament casually.’quotedown2

From Leonard Cohen, the muse: NPR’s Bob Boilen interviews Asaf Avidan about Cohen’s influence by Bob Boilen (National Post: April 12, 2016). The entire article is accessible at the link. Highly recommended.