“Scandinavia’s always been hospitable to me, It’s the gloominess that is savored in these cultures. Or perhaps it’s just all that herring my mother fed me” Leonard Cohen

scandFrom Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993. Scandinavian map by 000peter – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons, Originally posted Jan 6, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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Leonard Cohen On Location: Los Angeles “It’s so desperate here that it’s really not bad at all”

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It’s so desperate here that it’s really not bad at all. And, besides, this is the only city in the world where I’ve ever written a song while sitting in a driveway in a parked car.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen, quoted in What Happened When Phil Spector Met Leonard Cohen? By Harvey Kubernik (The Los Angeles Phonograph, January 1978). Originally posted July 5, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

Note: Leonard Cohen observed the 1992 LA Riots up close and personal from his home:

I live about 8 minutes drive from South Central & the local shops were going up. My 7-11 grocery store went up, Goodman’s Music where I buy my musical supplies, Radio Shack, where I buy my electronics, they all went up. From my balcony I could see five great fires. The air was thick with cinders.1

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  1. Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993 []

Leonard Cohen To 1993 Finnish Audience: “A documentary…indicated that you were solemn and melanholy and depressed. And I come here to cheer myself up!”

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Oh, thank you so much for your warm reception and thank you for coming tonight. I appreciate it. I know that times are hard and ticket prices are high and … I appreciate you’re in here. Many of the places that we go to we bring them our bad news, but we don’t have to bring you the bad news, ’cause you know the bad news already. And the whole history of your country is knowing the bad news. In America, there was recently a documentary on your people in which it was indicated that you were solemn and melancholy and depressed. And I come here to cheer myself up!
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Introduction to The Future at April 29, 1993 Helsinki concert transcribed from bootleg. See other Leonard Cohen geopolitical quotes at

Leonard Cohen On Location: Los Angeles – “It’s a tough company town. Fortunately, I’m not in that world, so I just enjoy the climate.”

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From Leonard Cohen Can’t Slow Down by Gavin Edwards. Rolling Stone (India): October 24, 2014. Photo by SPBer – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons. See other Leonard Cohen geopolitical quotes at

Note: Originally posted November 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on Suzanne “It was never about a particular woman…it was more about the beginning of a different life for me. My life in Montreal”

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It was never about a particular woman. For me it was more about the beginning of a different life for me. My life in Montreal, and my life wandering alone in those parts of Montreal that are now very beautifully done up and in those days, it was the waterfront. I used to wander around down there and I used to go to that church a lot.quotedown2

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Cohen Wore Earplugs to a Dylan Show? by Brian D. Johnson, Maclean’s: June 12, 2008. Photo of Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bonsecours, better known as the Church where “the sun pours down like honey, On our lady of the harbour.”  See Our Lady Of The Harbour – The Montreal Church Embedded In Leonard Cohen’s Suzanne

Leonard Cohen On Location: “[L.A. is] a risky place to live, but there’s something oddly compelling about it”

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[Los Angeles is] a risky place to live, but there’s something oddly compelling about it. It’s a place that’s falling apart. Geologically, the ground is splitting. Socially it’s in ferment. And the fragmentation of the psyche can be examined very clearly there. quotedown2

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From Melancholy Baby by John Walsh. The Independent Magazine: May 8, 1993. Originally posted January 4, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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Credit Due Department: By Robert A. Eplett – This image is from the FEMA Photo Library., Public Domain, via Wikipedia Commons