“It’s like anything that you fall in love with is going to give you a certain kind of blindness. I think you are blinded to your own imperfections and limitations.” Leonard Cohen On Discovering Frederico Garcia Lorca’s Poetry

Lorca, how did he help you find your own voice?

Well, I don’t know how he helped me find my own voice. Since he seemed exotic and far away, he allowed me to steal or borrow a lot of his voice. It’s like anything that you fall in love with is going to give you a certain kind of blindness. I think you are blinded to your own imperfections and limitations. It allows you to kind of lurch forward on the path that you want to choose for yourself. I don’t think that’s the real benefit of falling in love with a writer when you’re young. With Lorca, when I stumbled on him, it was something that was terribly familiar, it seemed to be the way that things really were. The evocation of a landscape that you’re really felt at home in, maybe more at home than anything you’ve been able to come up with yourself.quotedown2

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From CBC Radio Interview with Leonard Cohen with Cindy Buissaillon: August 26, 1995. Originally posted May 24, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Milwaukee Leonard Cohen Day – March 15, 2013


Text and picture of the proclamation are below.

WHEREAS: The City of Milwaukee joins community members, Shank Hall, the Milwaukee Theatre and concertgoers in recognizing the many accomplishments of Leonard Cohen on Friday, March 15, 2013; and,

WHEREAS, Leonard Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec to Nathan Cohen and Marsha Klonitsky; and,

WHEREAS, Leonard Cohen has had a prolific career of celebrated songs, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; and,

WHEREAS, Leonard Cohen last performed in Milwaukee in 1975, 38 years ago, and will play in Milwaukee on March 15 at the Milwaukee Theatre; and

WHEREAS, The City of Milwaukee honors Leonard Cohen and recognizes his many accomplishments and contributions to music throughout his career;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, TOM BARRETT, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee, do hereby proclaim Friday, March 15, 2013 to be


throughout the City of Milwaukee.


Found at Mayor Barrett proclaims March 15 “Leonard Cohen Day” in Milwaukee by Matt Wild. Posted March 7, 2013 at A.V. Club

Note: Originally posted March 8, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen’s Leaving The Table Nominated For Juno Video Of The Year

Christopher Mills, the director of Leonard Cohen’s Leaving The Table video, was nominated for Juno Video Of The Year. Here’s what he said about creating the video in 2017:

“I really loved thinking about him celebrating this new journey by dancing around in the clouds, and visiting his old haunts, playing around with all the weird and cool stuff you could probably do, once you ‘cross over’ into another plane. It just kind of made me warm inside to take this song, which could be about passing on to another place, and figuring out what it could look like in a world of lightness, new adventures, and whatever great memory you could come up with. I mean – I’d watch that channel…”

From Watch Leonard Cohen’s Posthumous Music Video ‘Leaving The Table’ by Karen Bliss (Billboard: Sept 19, 2017), which offers information about the making of the Leonard Cohen – Leaving the Table video that premiered at the Sept 18, 2017 Polaris Music Prize Gala.

“I have never belonged to rock’n’roll, but I enjoyed its hospitality” (2008) Leonard Cohen, Winner Of 2018 Grammy For Best Rock Performance

I have never belonged to rock’n’roll, but I enjoyed its hospitality. I grew up with folk music and blues. I always hoped that one day I would be able to accomplish the feat of the simplicity of great songs like Blueberry Hill by Fats Domino. I was very moved at that. This is the great modern writing. I started to play guitar to it.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen et la mesure du temps [via Google Translate] by Jean-François Nadeau. Le Devoir: June 21, 2008. Photo by Eugene McLaughlin.

Leonard Cohen Wins Best Rock Performance Grammy For You Want It Darker

The late Leonard Cohen was awarded the first solo Grammy Award of his career at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards tonight. The legend has been awarded Best Rock Performance for “You Want It Darker,” the title track from his final studio album. In 2010, Cohen was given the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; in 2015, his debut album Songs of Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. Cohen only ever won a Grammy once in his lifetime: a collaborative award for his participation on Herbie Hancock’s Joni Mitchell covers album River: The Joni Letters, which won Album of the Year in 2008.

From Grammys 2018: Leonard Cohen Wins First Solo Grammy by Noah Yoo (Pitchfork: Jan 28, 2018)

“I love to speak with Leonard” The Iconic Leonard Cohen Photoshopped Photo From The 2012 Glenn Gould Prize Ceremony

In honour (it is, after all, a Canadian “honour”) of Leonard Cohen being named the Ninth Laureate of The Glenn Gould Prize in 2012, DrHGuy constructed this mashup of Ruth Abernethy’s sculpture of Glenn Gould, located outside of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation Studios on Front Street in Toronto and the image of Leonard Cohen from the cover art of his Old Ideas album (based on a photo by Kezban Özcan). Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric