Cohencentric: Leonard Cohen Considered – The Farewell Tour

I Did My Best, It Wasn’t Much

After posting about Leonard Cohen for more than a decade, thus achieving my goal of creating the Internet’s most devoutly irreverent, delightfully droll, and distinctively offbeat Leonard Cohen site administered by a deeply superficial, nonpracticing agnostic hard-core dilettante, I am announcing my impending abdication.

Farewell Tour?

Well, the notion of producing a Cohencentric Farewell Tour seemed less rude – and a lot more fun – than precipitously deleting the site from the Interwebs. In addition, I’ve committed to a handful of projects that aren’t yet ready to publish, and my contract with the company hosting this site doesn’t terminate until later this year. Also, the essential and gratifying obligation of acknowledging the multitude of friends, photographers, writers, collectors, and fans who have generously contributed to Cohencentric’s success will require time. Accordingly, Cohencentric will be online until this Fall, and, until then,

We’ll give you everything we got

Why Stop Now?

More than once over the years, I’ve been so disenchanted that I decided to terminate my site (why pay $2000 a year to be abused – and not in the fun way?), only to be seduced into continuing by Leonard’s words to me, delivered in person or by email. (No, I don’t believe Leonard intentionally lured me into staying the course; it just turned out that way.) Given that I will never again hear from the man who was my audience of one, persevering has become even more difficult.

Now, anyone who knows me won’t be surprised to find that I have maintained an incredibly detailed list of grievances that led to this final determination to skip off the stage, but, heck, as Leonard observed,

Nothing in this human realm is meant to work. So once you can deeply appreciate that…the mind of compassion grows if you understand that everybody’s up against it.1

OK, OK, I’m still working on that mind of compassion thing.

Truth is, I can’t complain. The way things work is that no one was obligated to praise, applaud, or pay for my efforts. And, there have been lots of folks who have liked my stuff and have been gracious enough to say so.

What Now?

Other than Cohencentric’s publishing schedule becoming less consistent/obsessive and the reposting – for the last time – of some of Cohencentric’s Greatest Hits, little will change during the final phase of this site’s existence. So, those of you who are fans can continue to enjoy Cohencentric for a while; and, the rest of you can look forward to the time when Cohencentric is no more. Everybody wins.

What Next?

Well, “announcing my impending abdication” isn’t the same as “announcing my impending retirement.” I will be embarking on a new quest after the first of the year. But, more about that later.


  1. From Leonard Cohen interview With Stina Dabrowski (Mount Baldy Zen Center: 1997. []

“Ray Charles is the greatest. I think in terms of just the sheer perfection of his style, I don’t think there’s anybody that touches him.” Leonard Cohen


From Leonard Cohen in His Own Words by Jim Devlin. 1998. Photo by Rob Bogaerts (ANEFO) – GaHetNa (Nationaal Archief NL), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia. Originally posted Dec 20, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“My intentions run all the way from making a living to the highest and most arrogant aspirations of spirit seeking.” Leonard Cohen


Songs Sacred and Profane by Ira Mothner. Look: June 10, 1969. Photo from York University Libraries, Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections, Toronto Telegram fonds, F0433, Photographer: John Sharp, Originally posted Nov 13, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Q: Are you really as sad as your songs? Leonard Cohen: “My work is always autobiographical, and, I hope, objective. Of course, I am like my songs; but I don’t consider myself sad, so I don’t think my songs are sad.”


From a 1974 interview by Jordi Sierra I Fabra in Barccelona. Published in Leonard Cohen by Alberto Manzano (Antonio Dalmau/G. Gddo: 1978). Photo by Pete Purnell. Originally posted Oct 1, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: Big Boy Bloater “All The Time, Leonard Cohen’s Staring At Me”

Big Boy Bloater & the Limits – Leonard Cohen (Official Video)

 is a Cohencentric series featuring a few of the many tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen. Called “One of the great Blues men of our time” by Jools Holland, Big Boy Bloater is a veteran blues and roots guitarist and singer.  In anticipation of his album, The World Explained (2012), he released the official video of the lead-off single for the album – a tune named “Leonard Cohen.” Originally posted une 22, 2012 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Best Tweet From 2013 London Concert: “The weird thing about my date with Leonard Cohen tonight is that all these other people seem to have come too.” Lail Arad

Posted June 21, 2013 by Lail Arad. Ongoing Cohencentric readers may recall Ms Arad from Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: 1934 (A Song For Leonard Cohen) By Lail Arad. Originally posted at, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Q: Is most of your writing, in fact, autobiographical? Leonard Cohen “Yes, but autobiographical includes the imagination. Your imagination also has a history. It is born, grows old, suffers decay and old age, and dies.”

Is most of your writing, in fact, autobiographical? Is that fair?

Yes, that’s fair. That’s fair. But, you know, autobiographical takes in a lot. You know, it also includes the imagination. You know, your imagination also has a history. It also, you know, is born, grows old, suffers decay and old age, and dies. You know, so the imagination is part of the whole autobiography.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Songwriter Leonard Cohen Discusses Fame, Poetry and Getting Older by Jeffrey Brown. PBS: Broadcast June 28, 2006. Note: I’ve edited out the phrase “you know” used as a discourse marker in the headline quotation. Originally posted July 16, 2013 at, a predecessor of Cohencentric