“It is agreeable to see [my daughter] go back to school with her satchel of CDs including Dylan, the Grateful Dead, & myself.” Leonard Cohen 1992

From Cohen’s Reputation For Solemnity Ill-Gained By Mary Campbell. AP Story, published in The Hour (Norwalk, CT): Mar 28, 1992. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen To Interviewer “Why don’t you just ask me what my favourite colour is? It’s yellow. Well, and blue.”

Thank goodness Leonard also liked blue; “Famous Yellow Raincoat” just doesn’t scan

Leonard Cohen’s comment was spoken to protest the interviewer focusing on issues (e.g., Zionism) that were “too complex, too serious to speak of over coffee.” From Love Me, Love My Gun Barrel by Graham Lock. New Musical Express: February 23, 1980.  Leonard also gave yellow as his favorite color in this 1988 video interview.

Q: What is [Leonard Cohen] like on a night on the town? Leonard Cohen: “People say I’m a hoot to be with”

The quotation is from No. I’ve Never Contemplated Suicide, Says Leonard Cohen by Peter Wilmoth. The Age: May 24, 1985. Originally posted September 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Sean Dixon Files

This wondrously, ambiguously evocative photo is from the files of Sean Dixon. Please do not repost without permission of the photographer. Originally posted June 8, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Sean Dixon will be familiar to ongoing readers from her personal encounters with Leonard Cohen featured in these Cohencentric posts:

Leonard Cohen on his reputation as Godfather Of Gloom: “I got a lot of that over the years. Google despair and melancholy, and my name comes up”

DrHGuy Note: Mr Cohen is employing hyperbole in the service of making his point. Googling despair and melancholy doesn’t bring up his name (I checked). But, it would be way cool if it did, so …

From At 71, Leonard Cohen Finds His Voice Anew by Richard Harrington. Washington Post, July 14, 2006. Originally posted Nov 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On His Songwriting Process: “I have to discard versions of myself, and versions of the songs, until I can get to a situation where I can defend every word, every line…”


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I tend to get shattered as I bring a project to completion. I have to discard versions of myself, and version of the songs, until I can get to a situation where I can defend every word, every line. But that place often involves a real shattering of equanimity, or of balance…I have to go to this naked and raw place. And it usually involves the breakdown of my personality, and I flip out … I can’t go into crowds, I don’t want to leave my house, I don’t want to leave my room, I don’t want to answer the phone, all my relationships collapse.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen, speaking about his efforts on The Future album, quoted in The Loneliness of The Long-Suffering Folkie By Wayne Robins (Newsday: November 22, 1992.). Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric