Wonderful News: This especially thoughtful, intriguing, and – well, delightful Leonard Cohen interview, which had disappeared, is online again. It offers great anecdotes and the chance to hear some favorite Cohen quotes in Leonard’s own voice – including
People change and their bodies change… Bodies decay and die, but there is something that doesn’t change about love… Marianne… when I hear her voice on the telephone, I know something is completely intact even though our lives have separated and we’ve gone our very different paths. I feel that love never dies, and that when there is an emotion strong enough to gather a song around it, that there is something about that emotion that is indestructible.
All those guys that I listen to you know – from Lead Belly to Dylan to Ice-T you know they had something in their voice that tells me about their lives, about their true story. I like to hear a guy’s story. … I want to hear people who can’t sing.
… people get tired of tired of having their souls pressed into various kinds of duty. I think the need for oxygen is perennial. Just Sit back and breath deeply and you’re going to have a different view of the thing’. Relax is what the hippies said. And what the new age says. Just relax.
A full description of the contents can be found at 1992 Video: Leonard Cohen On His Atrocious Voice, Dylan, Ice-T, Songwriting, Love & Where’s The Beef.
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Maarten Massa, who originally alerted me to this great interview.