He [Leonard Cohen] belongs with that band of minstrels and sages and spiritual wanderers who head out in to the desert in search of salvation and take you along with them, so you won’t be alone. I hope that this movie [I’m Your Man documentary] brings a new audience to Leonard’s work. I felt when I had finished the film that it was like a great book that I had read and that I wanted to give it to all my friends. I am not talking about my film-making. I’m talking about the gift that Leonard Cohen brings; the gift of companionship that his music and words offers.There has not been a period in my life where I have not listened to his music – and like Scripture and great poetry, every time you hear it or pick it up it tends to resonate and hit you where you need it most, like it was written just for that moment in your life that you think nobody else could possibly understand. And we could all do with more of that.
I’m your fan: Leonard Cohen and me by Lian Lunson (Guardian: 21 Nov 2006). Thanks to Lian Lunson for permission to use the photo atop this post.