Leonard Cohen Lists His Pleasures At Age 82

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Morning coffee on the balcony
of this old duplex,
the cat at my feet,
and a couple of biscuits.
Notebook near by.
No one coming over.
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Leonard Cohen

Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2015) [from interview transcript]

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“I took great pains to simplify my environment because if my environment were half as cluttered as my mind, I wouldn’t be able to make it from room to room” Leonard Cohen

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Everybody has a kind of magical system they employ in the hope that this will open up the channels [of songwriting]. My mind was always very cluttered, so I took great pains to simplify my environment, because if my environment were half as cluttered as my mind, I wouldn’t be able to make it from room to room.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen needed convincing to make new album (The List: Oct 23, 2016)

Leonard Cohen at 82 Describes the Leonard Cohen on the Cover of Songs of Leonard Cohen

Songs_of_Leonard_Cohenx When you see the cover of your first album Songs of Leonard Cohen, do you recognise the person you were or how do you relate to him?

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He was a well-meaning chap, mostly devoted to coming up with strategies, often reckless, to defeat a fierce depression. Despite the warnings of his mother, he was inclined to trust everyone.quotedown2

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Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) [from interview transcript]

Leonard Cohen Introduces Bob Dylan’s Music To Major Canadian Poets At 1966 Montreal Poetry Party

dylanfIn 1966, Leonard Cohen introduced Bob Dylan’s music to a group of the preeminent Canadian poets, including F.R. Scott, A.J.M. Smith, Leonard’s friend Layton Irving, his McGill professor Louis Dudek, Al Purdy, and Ralph Gustafson.  The response was not encouraging – although a replay at 10 PM resulted in dancing. The following excerpt is from Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen by Ira B. Nadel (Random House of Canada: Oct 29, 2010)

diylanpatyfUpdate: Leonard Cohen Clarifies His “Canadian Bob Dylan” Epithet & That 1966 Party At Frank Scott’s House

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“I listened to [Bob Dylan], and I thought, he has already done it. What I wanted to do was write the best I could in a simple way and lay it out for people.” Leonard Cohen (1969)

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Songs Sacred and Profane by Ira Mothner. Look: June 10, 1969.

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Credit Due Department: The photo is by Unknown – BobDylan-1964StLawrenceYearbook-3, from the 1964 yearbook of St. Lawrence University, Public Domain, via Wikipedia

Note: Originally posted Nov 21, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Lightens Up As “Leonard Cohen ‘Ready To Die'” Headlines Reach Critical Mass

Cohencentric Calls For Moratorium On Leonard Cohen Ready To Die Stories

It has come to my attention that many of the same news and entertainment outlets that lament the overuse of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” are also among the scores of online sites exclaiming the same three words from the same multi-page New Yorker profile, Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker  by David Remnick (Oct 17, 2016) : “Ready To Die.”1

And, much like Cohen asking for a brief respite from Hallelujah  placements in soundtracks:

But I was just reading a review of a movie called Watchmen that uses it, and the reviewer said “Can we please have a moratorium on Hallelujah in movies and television shows?” And I kind of feel the same way. I think it’s a good song, but I think too many people sing it.2

I think it’s time to ask Can we please have a moratorium on “Leonard Cohen ‘Ready To Die'” stories? I think it’s an important issue, but I think too many people rewrite it.

And, from Leonard’s smiles and his self-correction “Not ready to die” at the Oct 13, 2016 You Want It Darker Launch Event, he agrees.

Lighten Up, Leonard

Leonard Cohen has long employed his Lighten Up, Leonard motif. Check out this video of his “Lighten Up, Cohen” variation at the 2013 Bercy show.

Leonard Cohen’s “Hotel Mirrors Intro” To Ain’t No Cure For Love
Bercy: June 18, 2013
Video by MaartenLC (Maarten Massa)

 

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  1. Googling Leonard Cohen “ready to die” turns up about 428,000 results []
  2. Leonard Cohen ‘I’m blessed with a certain amnesia’ by Jian Ghomeshi (Guardian: 9 July 2009 []