Leonard Cohen On Learning To Live With Loneliness


I think loneliness or emptiness is a fearful condition and I’ve certainly felt it throughout my life. I think you have to learn to live with it. You have to get used to being married to your hand.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Posted Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview). Originally posted April 13, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

February 14, 2015: “DrHGuy.com is now closed and 1HeckOfAGuy.com will close in a couple of days”


The “Memories” section of Facebook informed me that my February 14, 2015 post was

As some of you already know, DrHGuy.com is now closed and 1HeckOfAGuy.com will close in a couple of days. I apologize for the abrupt termination. The reasons, which have accumulated over time, are too complex, painful, and sad to go into. As Leonard once said about losing his retirement fund, “It’s enough to put a dent in your mood.”

I have hopes of resurrecting a Leonard Cohen site at some point…

I appreciate the kind thoughts and good wishes extended by many readers.

~aka DrHGuy at Heck Of A Guy

Indeed, after nine years of publishing, 1HeckOfAGuy.com, for all practical purposes,1 closed within 48 hours.

And, with encouragement from Leonard, Cohencentric.com arose from the ashes less than a month later.  Wacky stuff, eh? On March 7, 2018 – 6,000+ posts and nearly 4,000,000 hits later – Cohencentric will celebrate its third anniversary online. But, things are changing, so …. stay tuned.


  1. A 1HeckOfAGuy.com single post persists, informing folks about the move to Cohencentric.com and AllanShowalter.com []

Leonard Cohen On Bob Dylan: “He’s probably the most sophisticated singer we’ve had in a generation”

Most music criticism is in the nineteenth century. It’s so far behind, say, the criticism of painting. It’s still based on nineteenth-century art – cows beside a stream and trees and ‘I know what I like.’ There’s no concession to the fact that Dylan might be a more sophisticated singer than Whitney Houston, that he’s probably the most sophisticated singer we’ve had in a generation.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988

Leonard Cohen-Bob Dylan Interface

A collection of posts about the interface between Leonard Cohen & Bob Dylan, including their opinions of each other, their interactions, and their occasional differences can be found at

Classic Images Of Leonard Cohen & Crew 1985: Distinctive Clothes, Soulful Singing, Familiar Faces

All of these images are screenshots from Video: Leonard Cohen’s Brilliant Performance Of “Coming Back To You” – Australian TV 1985.

Worthy of special note are views of

  • The sartorial splendor of Leonard Cohen in the 1980s: dark suit, plaid shirt, cowboy boots, slicked back hair (Do not try this at home unless you, like Leonard Cohen, are a professional dapper dresser.)
  • Mitch Watkins (also in plaid shirt), who also played in the 2012  – 2013 Leonard Cohen Tours
  • Anjani Thomas

Note: Originally posted February 22, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Being Called “A Romantic”

Is it a misconception that all your songs are overly romantic?

Well, if you examine the work I think you’ll find quite a realistic take on the whole matter. The notion I get of ‘romantic’ is someone who cherishes illusions. I think just a partial study of my songs — if anyone was actually bored enough to undertake such an enterprise — will discern that the illusions are few and far between. But if people want to call me romantic . . . there are worse things to be called.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen: Porridge? Lozenge? Syringe? by Adrian Deevoy. Q, 1991. Photo “Leonard Cohen, 1988 01” by GorupdebesanezOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.