“It doesn’t really matter what the singer is speaking of, it doesn’t really matter what the song is. There’s something I listen for in a singer’s voice and that’s some kind of truth …” Leonard Cohen


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It doesn’t really matter what the singer is speaking of, it doesn’t really matter what the song is. There’s something I listen for in a singer’s voice and that’s some kind of truth. It may even be truth of deception, it may even be the truth of the scam, the truth of the hustle in the singers own presentation, but something is coming across that is true, and if that isn’t there the song dies. And the singer deserves to die too, and will, in time, die. So the thing that I listen for is that note of something big manifested that is beyond the singer’s control.quotedown2

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From How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988. Originally posted Dec 3, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I always associated song and singing with some sort of nobility of spirit.” Leonard Cohen

Quotation from Transcript of Pacifica Interview with Kathleen Kendall. WBAI Radio, New York City: December 4, 1974. Photo by Pete Purnell (Leonard Cohen In Concert 1974 To 1993: Photos By Pete Purnell). Originally posted Dec 23, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on the characterization of his musical performances “I don’t care what people call me”

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I don’t care what people call me, whether you call it folksinging or some people call it a priestly function or some people see it as a revolutionary activity or acidheads see it as psychedelic revolution or poets see it as the popularization of poetry.quotedown2

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After the Wipe-Out, A Renewal by Sandra Diwa, published in The Ubyssey (the student newspaper of the University of British Columbia), February 3, 1967. Photo from York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, Photographer: John Sharp, ASC01709;   Originally posted June 4, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Talks About Being Granted The “Right To Sing The Blues”

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I’ve always loved the blues, I’ve always loved the musical construction of the blues, but I’ve always felt that I didn’t have the right to sing the blues. But somehow, the right was granted to me, I don’t know by what authorities, but I felt that I had the right to use that form and a number of songs came to me that way. Now I have the permission to sing the blues.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Sings The Blues. Hürriyet Daily News: January 28, 2012, Originally posted Aug 20, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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

Sharon Robinson & Leonard Cohen Caesar's Palace 2010

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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

“I’ve always been there serving the nameless, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t have a voice.” Leonard Cohen

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Leonard Cohen & Sharon Robinson performing in 1980 (Amsterdam)

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What we used to call the artist is becoming obsolete, and for some people I symbolize that. They feel my loyalty has not been compromised. I’ve always been there serving the nameless, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t have a voice.quotedown2

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From The Face May Not Be Familiar, but the Name Should Be: It’s Composer and Cult Hero Leonard Cohen by Pamela Andriotakis & Richard Oulahan. People: January 14, 1980. Photo by Pete Purnell. (see Leonard Cohen In Concert 1974 To 1993: Photos By Pete Purnell). Originally posted Dec 31, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric