“Thank you friends, for climbing to those high places… Thank you friends, for endangering your household budgets” Outstanding Video: Leonard Cohen Performs The Future – Amsterdam 2013

Leonard Cohen – The Future
Amsterdam: Sept 20, 2013
Video by albertnoonan

Originally posted December 31, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Everything changes as you get older” Leonard Cohen in Cohen’s Age Of Reason by Christine Langlois (CARP: June 2006)

Dominique BOILE offers this scan of the June 2006 CARP cover, which features Cohen’s Age Of Reason by Christine Langlois. The article itself can be accessed at Zoomer: Cohen’s Age Of Reason. Originally posted January 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“You just want to indicate that curious thing that we call ‘experience’… that you hear in the voice of Aretha Franklin… It indicates that the person has been through a life, that they have lived their life on the front line.” Leonard Cohen

quoteup2
You just want to indicate that curious thing that we call ‘experience’ that you hear in the voice of Fats Domino, that you hear in the voice of Aretha Franklin. It’s something in the voice itself. It indicates that the person has been through a life, that they have lived their life on the front line. And that’s the sound we like — I like — to hear in a singer, and it includes a lot more than irony. It includes optimism. It includes despair. It includes regret. It includes so many things that you forget about all of them, and you just know that you’re listening to a voice — a voice of experience.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen’s Voice Of Experience on Listen Now at NPR: April 09, 1988.

The Other Village by Leonard Cohen
From Death of a Lady’s Man

When it comes to lamentations,
I prefer Aretha Franklin
to, let’s say, Leonard Cohen,
Needless to add, he hears a different drum

In the photo, Aretha Franklin sings “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee'” at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.

Leonard Cohen Animations: Backup Singers Chorus Line

Charley Webb, Hattie Webb, Sharon Robinson – Dec 21, 2013 Leonard Cohen Auckland Concert

Source Video: Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You & Save The Last Dance For Me – Auckland: Dec 21, 2013 by Henry Tengelsen (aka Wirebirds)

View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations.

Originally posted Jan 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Signs Of Leonard Cohen: 1967 Newport Folk Festival Program

That’s “Novelist/performer/poet/writer Leonard Cohen” at the top right corner – on the same row as Buffy Ste Marie, Arlo Guthrie, “Lovely Joanie Mitchell,” and Gordon Lightfoot. I’ll leave you to explore the rest on your own.

Note: Originally posted Jul 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“There are some things that are designed to rest on the page and not be spoken” Leonard Cohen On Sexualized Language In His Poems

a182762

What I’d really like to know is why your poetry is so stark, so incredibly blunt – a poem like for instance …

quoteup2
I like that poem… If it didn’t have the word ‘cunt’ in it I’d probably read it out loud on stage. But I’m not ready to say that word well enough yet. There are some things that are designed to rest on the page and not be spoken…quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Note: The word “cunt” appears in at least five poems by Leonard Cohen written before the date of this interview (all published in The Energy of Slaves):

  • This Is the Only Poem
  • I Will Grow Old
  • You Are A Much Finer Person Than I Am
  • Cutting The Hair
  • We Call It Sunlight

Leonard Cohen also discusses the use of “cunt” in his writing at “People should have a kind of nervous reaction to that word. It is one of the sacred words and it deserves to be whispered.” Leonard Cohen On Sexualized Language In His Writing.

Suffering For Fan And Profit – The Return Of Leonard Cohen by Mick Brown. Sounds: July 3, 1976, Accessed 26 April 2014 at LeonardCohenFiles. Photo Credit: Roloff Beny / Library and Archives Canada / PA-196331. Originally posted Apr 26, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.