Leonard Cohen On His Role As “An Instrument For Certain Kinds Of Information At Certain Moments”

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I have my feelings about how to move myself into areas which are not completely bordered with pain. And I’ve tried to lay out my chart as carefully as I can. I have come through something. I don’t want to boast about it. I don’t even want to talk about it. Look…you know, the songs are inspired. I don’t pretend to be a guide. I do pretend to be an instrument for certain kinds of information at certain moments. Not all moments, and it has nothing to do with me as a guy. I may be a perfect scoundrel… As a matter of fact, I am…just like the guy on the scene. But there are moments when I am the instrument for certain kinds of information.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Ladies & Gents by Jack Hafferkamp. Leonard Cohen Rolling Stone, February 4, 1971.

“I used to write poems to court ladies. But…the area of your courting gets wider and wider and you end up trying to court the universe” Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen’s Poems Court The Universe by Mary Campbell (AP: 1968). Note: Originally posted February 23, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I was never working to master my loneliness…I wanted to liberate it, to ravage the land. Now I can embrace everything with my loneliness.” Leonard Cohen

From Songs Of Longing – The Joe Jackson Interview. The Irish Times: November 3, 1995. Accessed 05 April 2014 from LeonardCohenFiles. Note: Originally posted April 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I was consciously trying to model myself on what I thought a saint was. I made a lot of people very unhappy & I made myself very unhappy.” Leonard Cohen

Do you consider yourself either religious or mystical?

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I think I went through a saintly phase where I was consciously trying to model myself on what I thought a saint was. I made a lot of people very unhappy and I made myself very unhappy.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

An Interview with Leonard Cohen conducted by Michael Harris. Due:, Winter 1969. Note: Originally posted Mar 9, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I like to feel that I’m being kissed sadly by the world when I write” Leonard Cohen

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After awhile part of the reason you write [poetry] is because you like the way you feel when you write. You’re not so much concerned with the product as the state of mind when you write. I like to feel that I’m being kissed sadly by the world when I write.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen’s Poems Court The Universe By Mary Campbell (AP: 1968)

Note: Originally posted March 12, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On His Preference For “Art That Comes From Under The Bridge”

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I like art that comes from under the bridge. Everything is going on on top of the bridge: the clashes, the declarations, the manifestos, the splits, the alliances, the betrayals—and a couple of guys are lying under the bridge trying to recover from a hangover. They look up from time to time. They can hear it. But I like that view—right under the bridge.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen, quoted in Unful’phil’ed: Cohen & Spector’s Looney Tunes by Hugh Seidman. Crawdaddy: Feb 1978. Found by Jugurtha Harchaoui.

Note: Originally posted Sept 26, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric