From Leonard Cohen in His Own Words by Jim Devlin (published 1998). Originally posted Dec 15, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Do you have a specific philosophy of life?
No, I can’t say I do – only to survive and to meet my responsibilities to the best of my abilities. I am, with respect, very suspicious of ideologies and policies as they usually ignore many people’s needs. I would like to see much simpler opportunities evolve and people, both men and women, be free to develop their own community. I would like to see principles evolve from relationships between people and groups of people rather than being dictated by the theoreticians.
From ”En tunne vanhenevani lainkaan” – Leonard Cohen Soundissa 1976: The 2016 reprint of a June 1976 Leonard Cohen interview by Dougie Gordon. (Soundi: Nov 11, 2016). Via computer translation. Photo Credit: Roloff Beny / Library and Archives Canada / PA-196331.
Reps from Sony Australia are in the house to give LC a nice award. Down under Live In London has gone triple platinum and Songs From The Road just went platinum.
Originally posted Nov 9, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
I love Ray Charles. He’s who the people have been hunting for, who people have always been worshiped – mot because of his faith but because he reaches their thoughts and hearts, and that is exactly the kind of singer I would like to be.
From ”En tunne vanhenevani lainkaan” – Leonard Cohen Soundissa 1976: The 2016 reprint of a June 1976 Leonard Cohen interview by Dougie Gordon. (Soundi: Nov 11, 2016). Via computer translation. Photo by Rob Bogaerts (ANEFO) – GaHetNa (Nationaal Archief NL), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia
Suffering has led me to wherever I am. Suffering has made me rebel against my own weakness; suffering makes you strong. Now, in the midst of my suffering, I refuse to suffer. It’s there, but I refuse to suffer… Sex used to be the only thing that relieved suffering for me. I still like women and sex but for different reasons now. It’s wrong to feel sorry for people. It just confirms them in their suffering. It makes it an end in itself. Suffering is really the way you learn what not to do This thing I want to do in the world relieves suffering.
Leonard Cohen Wants the Unconditional Leadership of the World by Susan Lumsden (Weekend Magazine: Sept 12, 1970). Photo Credit: Peter Brosseau/Library and Archives Canada/PA-170174.
One of the treats at the Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin show was running into Road Manager, Joey Carenza, whose duties include, among many others, maintaining the Leonard Cohen Tumblr, Notes From The Road, from which I have filched many a photo. Happily, Joey approved of this larceny, making our first face to face meeting an enjoyable event rather than, say, an occasion for fisticuffs.
And it turns out that, prior to our meeting, Joey had serendipitously taken and posted this shot of the Oct 31, 2012 soundcheck that captured not only Leonard Cohen but also Duchess and me (the two tiny figures on the viewer’s lower right) as the entire audience.
From left to right: Canadian singer-songwriter-poet-novelist-icon Leonard Cohen, Duchess Of Durham aka Penny Showalter, DrHGuy aka Allan Showalter.
Way cool, eh?
Photo taken Oct 31, 2012 by Joey Carenza (Original Caption: “Follow The Sound”). This entry originally posted Nov 1, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
The Leonard Cohen Visitation Policy
Since the Leonard Cohen World Tour began in 2008, contact with Leonard himself has been severely restricted, especially compared to previous tours. These regulations have been, according to management, necessary to conserve the singer-songwriter’s energy. To emphasize that point, this announcement appeared on July 18, 2010 at LeonardCohenForum under the fan-friendly title: “From The Tour Management: No Visitors!”
The tour management has asked me to post this note.
Please note that management has organized the tours as closed tours – meaning that Leonard does not meet friends, family, press, celebrities other poets or authors while on the road — in order to assure that he has the rest necessary to support his three and one-half hour shows. Thanks to all for understanding our policy and helping us fuel the tour with needed silence rather than additional stress.
While this warning is, one supposes, adequate, it seems a bit unrefined to be associated with Leonard Cohen, who is known as a fastidious wordsmith willing to devote much effort, sometimes over a period of years, to perfect a song or poem. And, well, while it pains me to point this out, it lacks that element of distilled draconian intimidation for which entertainment executives strive. Consequently, DrHGuy has been obliged to once again point out to his icon of choice the potential for New And Improved methodology – this time in the area of visitation rules. (Ongoing readers will recall that DrHGuy has previously stepped forward to instruct Leonard Cohen on the enhancement of his Lyrics, his Concerts formats, and the entire range of affiliated merchandise.)
A New And Improved Visitation Policy
In retrospect, DrHGuy realizes that his previous strategy of directly promoting such improvements to Leonard Cohen by demonstrating the superiority of, say, a revision of Cohen’s lyrics to the original words, however lovingly and empathically accomplished, may have been a tad too confrontational. In this case, therefore, DrHGuy offers an analogous visitor policy, with DrHGuy himself as its focus, as an example of the type of enhancement that is possible.
From The Blog Management: No Visitors!
1HeckOfAGuy/Cohencentric Management has asked me to post this note:
Please note that DrHGuy also will not meet friends, family, press, celebrities, poets, and authors in conjunction with this tour. In addition, he will not meet enemies, nobodies, riffraff, bloggers, anyone wearing a Viking helmet (whether authentic or ersatz), software designers, community college teachers, ovo-lacto-pescatarians, Episcopalians, doctoral candidates, individuals over 6’2″ tall, insurance salesmen, classically trained physiologists, those who have appeared on Larry King Live, females who are fluent in Kazakh (unless they speak with a pronounced lisp), students who are currently enrolled in accredited culinary, cosmetology, barber, or medical schools, paralegals, parachutists, Paraguayan, parasailors, paragons, paratroopers, paranoids, paralogists, paragraphers, paraplegics, parasitologists, parapsychologists, parallel parkers, or anyone who has attended a fundamentalist revival meeting wearing chaps. These restrictions are necessary because DrHGuy will be stuck in northern Illinois while the Tour meanders around places like Croatia, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Poland, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Cambodia… And, by the time Leonard finishes that 8th encore, it’s way past DrHGuy’s bedtime. Thanks to all for understanding this policy and helping fuel the blog with needed material.
Originally posted July 23, 2010 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric