Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection: Leonard Cohen Asks “Do I want to be Frank Sinatra?”

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I don’t think anybody really knows why they’re doing anything. If you stop someone on the subway and say, ‘Where are you going–in the deepest sense of the word?’ you can’t really expect an answer. I really don’t know why I’m here. It’s a matter of ‘What else would I be doing?’ Do I want to be Frank Sinatra, who’s really great, and do I want to have great retrospectives of my work? I’m not really interested in being the oldest folksinger around.quotedown2

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From “Leonard Cohen: Several Lifetimes Already” by Pico Iyer (Shambhala Sun: September 1998)

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection series explores the links between the crooner known as “The Voice” and the Canadian singer-songwriter “born with the gift of a golden voice.”

Note: Originally posted April 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection: Cohen Quotes Sinatra: “I’m for anything that gets you through the night.”

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Beryl Fox: What happens to your own personal anguish when you see it spread across the country and you know that you are making money on it.

Leonard Cohen: Well, I don’t know if I am gonna make any money on it. [Laughs] I don’t know if you can, if you can sell your anguish then you have probably done one of the best possible things you can do with anguish you know, anything you can do with anguish is good. Like Frank Sinatra said “I’m for anything that gets you through the night.” Print is a minor form of invisibility. I think that if you really get good then you do disappear

From This Hour Has Seven Days. CBC: May 1, 1966. [Formatting mine]

DrHGuy Note – The Sinatra quote follows:

Basically, I’m for anything that gets you through the night – be it prayer, tranquilizers or a bottle of Jack Daniels.

The Leonard Cohen – Frank Sinatra Connection series explores the links between the crooner known as “The Voice” and the Canadian singer-songwriter “born with the gift of a golden voice.”

Note: Originally posted April 4, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on the Importance of One’s Work: “Everything else is kind of shipwrecked, bankrupt”

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This is one’s work. Everything else is kind of shipwrecked, bankrupt. So all you have left is your work – and that’s what you’re doing most of the time. That’s the only area which you can somehow govern or clarify. All other things remain somewhat mysterious and messy.quotedown2

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From marketing material for Tower Of Song tribute album (1995). Originally posted October 30, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on his “depression so bleak and anguished”

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My depression, so bleak and anguished, was just crucial, and I couldn’t shake it; it wouldn’t go away. I didn’t know what it was. I was ashamed of it, because it would be there even when things were good, and I would be saying to myself, ‘Really, what have you got to complain about?’ But for people who suffer from acute clinical depression, it is quite irrelevant what the circumstances of your life are.quotedown2

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From A Happy Man by Mireille Silcott, Saturday Night, Canada. September 15, 2001

A summary of Leonard Cohen’s depression, its treatment, and its disappearance is available at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution

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