“One is distracted by this notion that there is such a things as inspiration” Leonard Cohen On Songwriting

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So to penetrate this chattering and this meaningless debate that is occupying most of my attention, I have to come up with something that really speaks to my deepest interest. Otherwise I nod off in one way or another. So to find that song, that urgent song, takes a lot of versions and a lot of work and a lot of sweat. But why shouldn’t my work be hard? Almost everybody’s work is hard. One is distracted by this notion that there is such a things as inspiration, that it comes fast and easy. And some people are graced by that style. I’m not. So I have to work as hard as any stiff to come up with the payload.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen – Los Angeles 1992 from Songwriters On Songwriting By Paul Zollo. Originally posted Apr 25, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric