Leonard Cohen, speaking to Sylvie Simmons, quoted in Leonard Cohen 1934–2016 by Phil Alexander (Mojo: November 11, 2016). Photo by Dominique BOILE
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I fell for Leonard Cohen’s voice, music, lyrics and, of course, for his looks. I always found support and consolation in his songs.
When Mich Boecquaert, a Leonard Cohen stalwart who attended her first concert in 1974 in Brussels, met with fellow Cohen fan Ingrid Van Daele for lunch in Ghent during the week of shows in that city that opened the 2012 Leonard Cohen Tour, neither expected the outing to include spending time with Mr Cohen himself.
Waiting for their table, they first noticed Mike Scoble striding in their direction. And treading in the wake of his Tour Manager was Leonard Cohen.
After the obligatory disbelief and anxiety subsided, Mich and Ingrid steeled themselves sufficiently to ask the man Bob Dylan called Kafka Of The Blues to autograph their self-designed t-shirts. Cohen not only complied but took the time to write a few words as well.
Mich elegantly characterizes the meeting in this way:
I still remember that I felt an enormous atmosphere of respect; we had respect for him of course but there was also great respect from him for us.
He’s such a lovely person. We spent more than half an hour with him. It was the manager who told him that it was time to leave.
He bowed his head and said that he was honoured to meet us.
That’s Ms Van Daele in the first two photos and the final photo; the other shots feature Ms Boecquaert. The guy in the hat is Mr Cohen.
Meeting Leonard Cohen last Tuesday,
heartwarming & soulwarming beyond description!?? pic.twitter.com/hoZxInsBv0
— Mandy Aftel (@AftelierPerfume) August 11, 2016
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Visiting the incomparable Leonard Cohen,
the most meaningful and profound moment of my life !?? pic.twitter.com/xWBfEQUeIK
— Mandy Aftel (@AftelierPerfume) August 11, 2016
This photo (taken Aug 2013) and the following text were posted Aug 8, 2015. Marianne’s Aug 9, 2015 response on Facebook can be viewed at the end of this post.
OK, they are probably admiring a graduation photo of Marianne’s best friend’s grandniece or they are watching a YouTube video featuring a cat doing something really cute or Charley/Hattie is instructing Marianne in the intricacies of Angry Birds (the Angry Birds On The Wire edition, of course) or something equally innocuous. But, is that really how Marianne and the Webbs roll? Isn’t it altogether prudent – and more fun – to consider other, marginally less likely possibilities, such as …
Is it true that you wrote Take This Longing for Nico?
I gave her this song. She sang it to me sometimes, but never recorded it. Nico was very strange. When I tried to talk to her, she always replied in a very arcane and mysterious fashion. Whatever you said to her, she answered very curiously. It was only after many weeks of me being perplexed by her conversation and paralyzed by her beauty that she told me she was deaf. So it was her habit t0 respond to anything that was said to her with whatever came into her head because she could hardly hear a thing. Which explains her particularly strange style. But I definitely wrote Take this Longing thinking of her.
From Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Les Inrocks: Aug 21, 1991). Via Google Translate.Nico photo by GanMed64 – Flickr: Nico (The Velvet Underground) – Lampeter University – November 1985, CC BY 2.0, Wikipedia Commons: Originally posted Dec 21, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Well, for me to be a ladies’ man at this point involves a great deal of humor. I have come to the conclusion, somewhat reluctantly, that I am going to die one of these days. It gives you pause. I hope to do it without being too morbid. I like to talk about death, but in tempo. I don’t really understand that process of reincarnation. But if there is such a thing I would like to come back as my daughter’s dog.
From the Jan 16, 2012 Paris press preview for Old Ideas. Photo by Andi Gombasi
The word ‘Hallelujah’ of course is so rich, so abundant. It’s a wonderful word to sing and people have been singing that word for thousands of years. It seems to call down some beneficial energy when you declare it in the face of the kind of catastrophes that are manifesting everywhere. Just to say ‘Hallelujah’, to praise the energy that manifests, just to affirm our journey. It’s very invigorating to sing that word.
From Leonard Cohen: ‘I’m a closet optimist’ [a report on the Sept 16, 2014 London Press Preview Of Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems] by Andy Morris. Gigwise, Sept 16, 2014. Image is a screen capture from a video of Leonard Cohen performing Hallelujah in Birmingham – 2013.