“It is doubtful that I’ll get back to Montreal … I miss my friends, my house and my city more acutely than I can describe.” Leonard Cohen – Oct 16, 2016

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Unless I get a second wind, it is doubtful that I’ll get back to Montreal, where I was living before a financial crisis compelled me to deal with matters in Los Angeles. I miss my friends, my house and my city more acutely than I can describe. quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) [from the original English questionnaire forwarded to me on Oct 16, 2016 by Leonard Cohen]

Resources: Leonard Cohen’s Montreal: The best articles about Leonard Cohen’s Montreal homes and haunts as well as videos and a list of pertinent landmarks

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen’s Montreal hometaken by and posted with the permission of Lilian Graziani.

“I said goodbye to something that I didn’t want to lose.” Leonard Cohen On 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks

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leonard-cohen-bercy-2013-11012Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) [from the original English questionnaire forwarded to me on Oct 16, 2016 by Leonard Cohen]

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen at his final Paris Concert – June 18, 2013 by Mhln

Bob Dylan on Leonard Cohen: “His gift or genius is in his connection to the music of the spheres”

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His gift or genius is in his connection to the music of the spheres. In the song ‘Sisters of Mercy,’ for instance, the verses are four elemental lines which change and move at predictable intervals . . . but the tune is anything but predictable. The song just comes in and states a fact. And after that anything can happen and it does, and Leonard allows it to happen. His tone is far from condescending or mocking. He is a tough-minded lover who doesn’t recognize the brush-off. Leonard’s always above it all. ‘Sisters of Mercy’ is verse after verse of four distinctive lines, in perfect meter, with no chorus, quivering with drama. The first line begins in a minor key. The second line goes from minor to major and steps up, and changes melody and variation. The third line steps up even higher than that to a different degree, and then the fourth line comes back to the beginning. This is a deceptively unusual musical theme, with or without lyrics. But it’s so subtle a listener doesn’t realize he’s been taken on a musical journey and dropped off somewhere, with or without lyrics.quotedown2

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

The Cohen-Dylan Interface

All posts about Leonard Cohen’s & Bob Dylan’s opinions of each other, their meetings, and comparisons by others can be found at

Credit Due Department: Photo by Alberto Cabello from Vitoria Gasteiz – Bob Dylan, CC BY 2.0, via Wikipedia

“Women and God are about the only things that interest me” Leonard Cohen

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Interviewer: Why is it you write so much about love, and also religion?

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Women and God are about the only things that interest me. I think the content of everybody’s heart is just the people they know or want or love and then trying to discover what is the fundamental reality in which all these other manifestations take place.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From ABC radio program broadcast from Sydney, Australia in March 1980. Originally posted June 25, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Recommended Reading: Leonard Cohen And McCabe & Mrs. Miller

The Stranger Song: Leonard Cohen and McCabe & Mrs. Miller

The three Cohen songs, “The Stranger Song,” “Sisters of Mercy,” and Winter Lady,” work in perfect harmony with the film and allow Cohen to play the part of an invisible, informal narrator, filling in the blanks left by the naturalistic, show-don’t-tell, style of the film. As nothing much is offered by the film’s dialogue in the way of back-stories, motivations and desires, it is left to Cohen and his songs. And as McCabe and Mrs. Miller swoon across with the film’s patient, meditative narrative, a larger picture emerges, like pieces of a puzzle falling into place.

The above excerpt is from The Stranger Song: Leonard Cohen and McCabe & Mrs. Miller by C Depasquale. Aquarium Drunkard: Nov 5, 2013. Complete article available at link.

While the significance of Cohen’s music for Altman’s 1971 film, McCabe & Mrs. Miller, is an often-addressed cinematic topic, this exposition is especially well written and insightful. Highly recommended.

Note: Originally posted Dec 11, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photo: Leonard Cohen – Sublime On Guitar In Dublin 2009

I fortuitously found this striking photo of Leonard Cohen playing at the O2 Arena in Dublin in June 2009. The photographer’s caption is precisely on the mark: “Sublime

Photo taken by and used with permission of jormook

Note: Originally posted Jan 4, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Pictorial Rehabilitation Of Leonard Cohen’s Father, Nathan Cohen

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The Nathan Cohen Photo Fallacy

This post sets forth the Nathan Cohen Photo Fallacy without offering rigorous scientific proof.1 I believe the argument to be, nonetheless, sufficiently compelling to significantly shift how one views Leonard Cohen’s father, Nathan Cohen.

The Nathan Cohen Photo Fallacy Thesis: The perception of  Leonard Cohen’s father, Nathan Cohen, held by fans, journalists, and scholars has been significantly and unconsciously skewed by a single photo.

This notion hangs on three postulates:

1. Our assessment of a person’s character is significantly affected by the appearance of that person. Social perception studies repeatedly and consistently demonstrate that we intuitively form impressions of and make inferences about other people largely, albeit not exclusively, from their physical presentation.2 For example, facial appearance has been shown to reliably predict

  • Whom we choose to help, hire, or date
  • Criminal justice decisions
  • Evaluations about which members of a group are more outgoing, socially competent, sexually responsive, and intelligent
  • Assessments of health and power

It is worth noting that this effect takes place whether an individual’s appearance is viewed in person or in a photo. Most social perception studies, in fact, involve the use of photographs rather than live models.

2. For an overwhelming majority of today’s Leonard Cohen fans as well as contemporary scholars, journalists, and authors who write about the Canadian singer-songwriter (anyone, in other words, other than family and friends who can conjure up a mental picture of Leonard Cohen’s father), that image is based on this photograph.

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  1. To those readers who find this approach suspect, be assured I am prepared to perform the necessary research and studies immediately upon receiving your certified check funding the project. []
  2. Rather than list dozens of these studies, I offer one often-cited, representative paper: Social Psychological Face Perception: Why Appearance Matters by Leslie A. Zebrowitz and Joann M. Montepare (Soc Personal Psychol Compass. May 1, 2008 []

Lisa’s Performance Of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah On The Simpsons Halloween Episode Nixed

“They did not want to be associated
with people eating their father”

The following excerpt is from Simpsons producer explains Homer’s self-cannibalism in ‘Treehouse of Horror’ by Dan Snierson (Entertainment: October 22, 2017)L

In fact, the only problem that the producers encountered was not being able to secure the rights to use Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which was to be sung by Lisa. “They did not want to be associated with people eating their father,” says Jean, laughing. Instead, they opted to riff on a more classical religious hymn. “We have the original ‘Hallelujah,’ which nobody owns.”

Warning Sign #26: You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If –

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You believe the high point of contemporary TV was Leonard’s 1986 cameo on Miami Vice

Note: More information about Leonard Cohen’s role on Miami Vice as well as the video of the French Twist episode can be found at Leonard Cohen Guest Stars On – And Is Fired From – Miami Vice (1986).

Since the publication of the official criteria for the prototypical Leonard Cohen Fan Diagnosis, 301.LC Cohenphilic Personality Disorder, the Cohencentric Leonard Cohen Fan Disorders Asylum and Sanitarium has received numerous messages asking if one or another behavior is a symptom characteristic of a Leonard Cohen fan. Consequently, Cohencentric is publishing, as a public service, signs which indicate that one is at high risk of being a full-fledged Leonard Cohen fan.

All published You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … entries can be found at the You May Be A Leonard Cohen Fan If … Page

Video: Leonard “Happy To Be Here” Cohen Performs So Long Marianne & First We Take Manhattan – Amsterdam 2012

Well, you know that I love to live with you
But you make me forget so very much
I forget to pray for the angels
And then the angels forget to pray for us

Highlights: Leonard skipping on and offstage, Alex Bublitchi’s solo in So Long Marianne, the enthusiastic audience reaction – but most of all, Leonard’s smiles.

Leonard Cohen – So Long Marianne & First We Take Manhattan
Amsterdam: Aug 22, 2012

Note: Originally posted Aug 26, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric