Slint’s David Pajo on his musical hero Leonard Cohen: “It’s not just the poetry, the words, or even the songwriting – it’s also the way he conducts his life.”

It’s hard to say who my musical hero is – it always changed each year. Before Slint, when I was in Maurice, it was Glenn Danzig. During the early part of Slint it was Steve Albini. But one constant has been Leonard Cohen. He’s one of those guys that I still admire. It’s not just his songwriting I find inspiring, it’s his whole life – he’s like Hemingway or something. It’s not just the poetry, the words, or even the songwriting – it’s also the way he conducts his life. The fact he left everything to be a Renzai Buddhist monk for years and years. I find that really inspiring.

From Hero Worship: Slint’s David Pajo on Leonard Cohen by David Pajo. The Skinny: March 7, 2014. Photo by David Jones 大卫 琼斯. Originally posted Mar 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric