“Our natural vocabulary is Judaeo-Christian. That is ours. We have to rediscover law from our own heritage.” Leonard Cohen 1968


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The best products of our time are in agony. The finest sensibilities of the age are convulsed with pain. That means a change is at hand. People keep saying India, India, India. But the Indian vocabulary is much too precise for us. Our natural vocabulary is Judaeo-Christian. That is ours. We have to rediscover law from our own heritage.quotedown2

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From Unique Interpreters of Pop: Leonard Cohen by Jacoba Atlas. The Beat: March 9, 1968. Photo from York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, Photographer: John Sharp, ASC01709. Originally posted February 7, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Read Robert Louis Stevenson & Alberto Moravia In 1975; Modern Writers? “No style. Just bad manners.”

Note: Two Women (original title in Italian: La Ciociara) is a 1958 Italian-language novel by Alberto Moravia. It tells the story of a woman trying to protect her teenaged daughter from the horrors of war. When both are raped, the daughter suffers a nervous breakdown. (Source: Wikipedia)

For Cohen, Grief Is Joy by Lynn Van Matre (Chicago Tribune: Nov 23, 1975). Thanks to Rike, who discovered and contributed the article

“I am interested in my internal landscape and just paint pictures of it” Leonard Cohen


Q: Do you think your lyrics and way of life add to the Cohen mystique?

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I think you do have to be in contact with yourself or be interested in establishing contact with yourself. A lot of people aren’t interested in their higher state. It just happens that I am interested in my internal landscape and just paint pictures of it.quotedown2

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From The Sounds Interview 1971 by Billy Walker. Sounds: October 23, 1971. Originally posted July 1, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I’ve found there’s a certain emptiness to my songs that allows for a lot of interpretations.” Leonard Cohen On Singing His Songs In Different Ways

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When you’re on the road for a long period of time, you tend to sing songs in different ways. You can bring a certain kind of nobility to a depressed lyric, or you can deliver a very affirmative statement like a lamentation. I’ve found there’s a certain emptiness to my songs that allows for a lot of interpretations.quotedown2

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From Conversations from a Room by Tom Chaffin. Canadian Forum: August/September 1983. Photo by Armando Fusco. Originally posted July 28, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I don’t know what I’m trying to convey [in a song], never have. I’m grateful when a song comes together and starts a life of its own” Leonard Cohen

lcheadFrom raw Q&A transcript submitted for Adam Cohen à la rescousse by Alain de Repentigny (La Presse: Oct 19, 2016).

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