“There were dogs barking, birds singing, garbage trucks. Also, occasionally Leonard [Cohen] would forget to turn off the Jacuzzi that is adjacent to the studio” Leanne Ungar On Recording Ten New Songs

Tracking final vocals in Cohen’s home studio (which, despite its reasonably high-tech trappings, [Leanne] Ungar says “is not acoustically isolated”) was an environmental challenge. “There were dogs barking, birds singing, garbage trucks. Also, occasionally Leonard would forget to turn off the Jacuzzi that is adjacent to the studio — the studio resides in a second story Cohen added above his garage, next to his Los Angeles home. When you’re involved in doing vocals and your ears are full of track, it is easy to not notice these noises,” Ungar says. She removed most of these sounds, but says she can still hear their remnants on the finished CD.

Leanne Ungar is a sound engineer and producer, who worked on several Leonard Cohen albums, beginning with New Skin for the Old Ceremony.

Leonard Cohen by Eric Rudolph (Mix: Feb 1, 2002)