“It’s a very strange event” Leonard Cohen Attends 2008 Bob Dylan Concert

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I went to his [Bob Dylan’s] concert. It was terrific. I’ve been to many Dylan concerts. This one, there was a walkway from the hotel to the auditorium, so you could enter into this private area, the people who had boxes. We were in one of those boxes. First of all, I’ve never been in a private box in an auditorium. That was fun. And a lot of members of the band came. But it was very loud. Fortunately, Raphael, our drummer, had earplugs, and he distributed them. Because our music is quite soft and that’s what we’ve been listening to for three or four months. As Sharon Robinson said, Bob Dylan has a secret code with his audience. If someone came from the moon and watched it they might wonder what was going on. In this particular case he had his back to one half of the audience and was playing the organ, beautifully I might say, and just running through the songs. Some were hard to recognize. But nobody cared. That’s not what they were there for and not what I was there for. Something else was going on, which was a celebration of some kind of genius that is so apparent and so clear and has touched people so deeply that all they need is some kind of symbolic unfolding of the event. It doesn’t have to be the songs. All it has to be is: remember that song and what it did to you. It’s a very strange event.quotedown2

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Cohen wore earplugs to a Dylan show? by Brian D. Johnson (Maclean’s: June 12, 2008). Photo of Dylan playing Barcelona in 1984 by Stoned59 – originally posted to Flickr as Bob Dylan, CC BY 2.0, via Wikipedia

For an account of another Dylan concert Leonard Cohen attended, see Leonard Cohen Declines Bob Dylan’s Invitation To Play In Rolling Thunder Revue

Leonard Cohen-Bob Dylan Interface

A collection of posts about the interface between Leonard Cohen & Bob Dylan, including their opinions of each other, their interactions, and their occasional differences can be found at

Pro-Shot Video Of Exquisite Leonard Cohen Performance: “Dance Me To The End Of Love” – Colmar 2009

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endloveDance me to your beauty with a burning violin
Dance me through the panic ’til I’m gathered safely in
Lift me like an olive branch and be my homeward dove
Dance me to the end of love

Leonard Cohen – Dance Me To The End Of Love
Colmar: August 16, 2009
Video by FAV Colmar

Credit Due Department:Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me this video

Note: Originally posted June 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“His Montreal duplex, which he bought for $7,000 in the early ’70s, has its wooden storm windows still in place” Leonard Cohen’s Home Decor

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Although [Leonard Cohen] had to mortgage his duplex in Los Angeles to cover his legal costs [dealing with the loss of his retirement savings] and although the suits and countersuits could grind through the courts for years, Cohen says he’s back in the black through royalties. And emotionally, “I haven’t suffered,” he says. Cohen feels he weathered his financial crisis because he has always lived modestly, even monastically. His Montreal duplex, which he bought for $7,000 in the early ’70s, has its wooden storm windows still in place. Painted white throughout, it is graciously but sparely furnished with old pieces, some from his parents’ home in Westmount. He especially likes his ancient kitchen stove because it includes a small built-in gas heater that keeps the whole room warm in winter. An upstairs bedroom with a laptop and small keyboard serves as his studio; his sound equipment amounts to an old CD player. In Montreal, he has no car; in L.A., he drives a ’95 Nissan. When he discovered his money was gone, “I didn’t have to sell the yacht,” he says with a grin.

From Cohen’s Age Of Reason by Christine Langlois (Zoomer: Sept 6, 2006). Photo of Leonard Cohen’s Montreal home by Lilian Graziani.

Also see Cat Stevens Visits Leonard Cohen’s Montreal Home; He Is Not Impressed

Photo: Leonard Cohen On His Mac At Mt Baldy Zen Center 1996

Screen capture from “Leonard Cohen. Spring 1996. A portrait in time by Armelle Brusq.” A description and more photos of Leonard Cohen’s life Mount Baldy Cabin can be found at Leonard Cohen At The Mount Baldy Zen Center – A Cluttered Austerity.

Leonard Cohen Talks About Meeting, Breaking Up With, And Being Forgiven By Rebecca de Mornay

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When I met Rebecca [De Mornay], all kinds of thoughts came into my mind, as how could they not when faced with a woman of such beauty? And they got crisscrossed in my mind. But she didn’t let it go further than that: my mind. Except it did. And finally she saw I was a guy who just couldn’t come across… in the sense of being a husband and having more children and the rest. And she was right, of course. But she was kind enough to forgive me. I had breakfast with her the other day, and I told her, ‘I know why you forgave me. Because I really, really tried.’ And she said, ‘Yes.’quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Unplugged By Pico Iyer (Buzz: April 1998). Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles. Photo  of Leonard Cohen & Rebecca De Mornay taken in Berlin by Gerrit Terstiege (1993).

Posts featuring Leonard Cohen & Rebecca De Mornay can be accessed at

Leonard Cohen Traces Process From “Waiting For The Miracle” To “I’ve Cried Enough for You” To “I’m Your Man”

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I’m Your Man, that started off as a song about ‘waiting for the miracle.’ It had some funny lines in it like waiting for the miracle, there’s nothing left to do / I haven’t been this happy since the end of World War II. But I couldn’t sing it. I wasn’t waiting for the miracle, or maybe I was and I didn’t like the victimized position. Then it became a song called I’ve Cried Enough for You, where I was talking to myself, you know, I’ve never seen the sky so blue the grass so green the day so new / I can’t believe it but it must be true / I’ve cried enough for you. And that didn’t work. ‘Cause what I was really trying to say was, ‘I’ll do anything for you.’ But it took two or three more writings and recordings of the song to get to I’m Your Man, which is just a perfect little song. It was hard to get to those truths.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988

“I was drinking about three bottles of wine by the end of the tour… before every concert. I only drank professionally, I never drank after the concert.” Leonard Cohen On Château Latour & His 1993 Tour


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One of the reasons was that I was so wiped out physically by the end of my last tour because I was drinking heavily. I was drinking about three bottles of wine by the end of the tour… Before every concert. I only drank professionally, I never drank after the concert. I would never drink after intermission. It was a long tour. It must have been 60 to 70 concerts. [Interviewer: Why did you need to drink?] I was very nervous. And I liked drinking. And I found this wine, it was Château Latour. Now very expensive. It was even expensive then. It’s curious with wine. The wine experts talk about the flavour and the bouquet and whether it has legs and the tannins and the fruit and the symphonies of tastes. But nobody talks about the high. Bordeaux is a wine that vintners have worked on for about 1,000 years. Each wine has a very specific high, which is never mentioned. Château Latour, I don’t know how I stumbled on it, but it went with the music, and it went with the concert. I tried to drink it after the tour was over, and I could hardly get a glass down. It had no resonance whatsoever. It needed the adrenaline of the concert and the music and the atmosphere, the kind of desperate atmosphere of touring—desperate because I was drinking so much! I had a good time with it for a while, but it did wreck my health, and I put on about 25 pounds.quotedown2

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Cohen wore earplugs to a Dylan show? by Brian D. Johnson (Maclean’s: June 12, 2008)