Leonard Cohen On The Spiritual Aspect In Everybody’s Life: “You hear this other deep reality singing to you all the time”

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I know there’s a spiritual aspect to everybody’s life, whether they want to cop to it or not. It’s there, you can feel it in people—there’s some recognition that there is a reality that they cannot penetrate but which influences their mood and activity. So that’s operating. That activity at certain points of your day or night insists on a certain kind of response. Sometimes it’s just like: ‘You are losing too much weight, Leonard. You’re dying, but you don’t have to cooperate enthusiastically with the process.’ Force yourself to have a sandwich. What I mean to say is that you hear the Bat Kol. [The divine voice] You hear this other deep reality singing to you all the time, and much of the time you can’t decipher it. Even when I was healthy, I was sensitive to the process. At this stage of the game, I hear it saying, ‘Leonard, just get on with the things you have to do.’ It’s very compassionate at this stage. More than at any time of my life, I no longer have that voice that says, ‘You’re fucking up.’ That’s a tremendous blessing, really.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)

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