“It doesn’t really matter what the singer is speaking of, it doesn’t really matter what the song is. There’s something I listen for in a singer’s voice and that’s some kind of truth …” Leonard Cohen


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It doesn’t really matter what the singer is speaking of, it doesn’t really matter what the song is. There’s something I listen for in a singer’s voice and that’s some kind of truth. It may even be truth of deception, it may even be the truth of the scam, the truth of the hustle in the singers own presentation, but something is coming across that is true, and if that isn’t there the song dies. And the singer deserves to die too, and will, in time, die. So the thing that I listen for is that note of something big manifested that is beyond the singer’s control.quotedown2

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From How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988. Originally posted Dec 3, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I always associated song and singing with some sort of nobility of spirit.” Leonard Cohen

Quotation from Transcript of Pacifica Interview with Kathleen Kendall. WBAI Radio, New York City: December 4, 1974. Photo by Pete Purnell (Leonard Cohen In Concert 1974 To 1993: Photos By Pete Purnell). Originally posted Dec 23, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on Suzanne: “She’s great but she’s half crazy …”


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[The song] Suzanne is about a girl I know. She’s great but she’s half crazy. And the other week I was in New York or Los Angeles or somewhere and a guy came up to me and said he liked my song and that he’d lived with Suzanne for a while. And I asked him if he was still with her. And he said no he couldn’t stand it any more. The girl was half crazy.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen by Ray Connolly. Evening Standard, July 1968

“My songs are poems with a guitar behind them” Leonard Cohen 1968

From Leonard Cohen by Ray Connolly. Evening Standard, July 1968

Credit Due Department: Photo from York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, Photographer: John Sharp, ASC01709. I was alerted to this article by a post at  I Need A Regular Dose Of Leonard Cohen written by Gordana Stupar Originally posted June 4, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on writing songs after his depression lifted: “The work isn’t easier. You know, lifting boulders isn’t easier when you’re in a good mood.”

State of Grace by Doug Saunders. Globe and Mail: Sept 1, 2001. Originally posted June 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Songwriting: “The thing that we’re hungry for cannot be described by a political position right now…”


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The thing that we’re hungry for cannot be described by a political position right now. There is some kind of moral resurrection that people from all positions on the spectrum can participate in. I don’t want my songs to be slogans for the Right, Left or middle. I want it to be a cry defined in very concrete images.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen and the Death of Cool By David Sprague. Your Flesh magazine: 1992. Originally posted April 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric