Dominique BOILE offers this scan of the June 2006 CARP cover, which features Cohen’s Age Of Reason by Christine Langlois. The article itself can be accessed at Zoomer: Cohen’s Age Of Reason. Originally posted January 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
You just want to indicate that curious thing that we call ‘experience’ that you hear in the voice of Fats Domino, that you hear in the voice of Aretha Franklin. It’s something in the voice itself. It indicates that the person has been through a life, that they have lived their life on the front line. And that’s the sound we like — I like — to hear in a singer, and it includes a lot more than irony. It includes optimism. It includes despair. It includes regret. It includes so many things that you forget about all of them, and you just know that you’re listening to a voice — a voice of experience.
From Leonard Cohen’s Voice Of Experience on Listen Now at NPR: April 09, 1988.
The Other Village by Leonard Cohen
From Death of a Lady’s Man
When it comes to lamentations,
I prefer Aretha Franklin
to, let’s say, Leonard Cohen,
Needless to add, he hears a different drum
In the photo, Aretha Franklin sings “My Country ‘Tis Of Thee'” at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.
Charley Webb, Hattie Webb, Sharon Robinson – Dec 21, 2013 Leonard Cohen Auckland Concert
Source Video: Leonard Cohen – I Tried To Leave You & Save The Last Dance For Me – Auckland: Dec 21, 2013 by Henry Tengelsen (aka Wirebirds)
View more animated gifs at Leonard Cohen Animations.
Originally posted Jan 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
Q&A: Moe’s Books (Sept 21, 2012)
Video by evankarp
Bonus: Sylvie Simmons Performs Leonard Cohen Songs
Originally posted October 10, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
That’s “Novelist/performer/poet/writer Leonard Cohen” at the top right corner – on the same row as Buffy Ste Marie, Arlo Guthrie, “Lovely Joanie Mitchell,” and Gordon Lightfoot. I’ll leave you to explore the rest on your own.
Note: Originally posted Jul 14, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric
What I’d really like to know is why your poetry is so stark, so incredibly blunt – a poem like for instance …
I like that poem… If it didn’t have the word ‘cunt’ in it I’d probably read it out loud on stage. But I’m not ready to say that word well enough yet. There are some things that are designed to rest on the page and not be spoken…
Note: The word “cunt” appears in at least five poems by Leonard Cohen written before the date of this interview (all published in The Energy of Slaves):
- This Is the Only Poem
- I Will Grow Old
- You Are A Much Finer Person Than I Am
- Cutting The Hair
- We Call It Sunlight
Leonard Cohen also discusses the use of “cunt” in his writing at “People should have a kind of nervous reaction to that word. It is one of the sacred words and it deserves to be whispered.” Leonard Cohen On Sexualized Language In His Writing.
Suffering For Fan And Profit – The Return Of Leonard Cohen by Mick Brown. Sounds: July 3, 1976, Accessed 26 April 2014 at LeonardCohenFiles. Photo Credit: Roloff Beny / Library and Archives Canada / PA-196331. Originally posted Apr 26, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.
These photos of the Dec 5, 2012 Leonard Cohen show, all taken by googoojue, are especially effective in evoking the audience member’s experience of the show – a quality often absent in the portfolios presented by press photographers. Worthy of special note: the efficaciously bowing Leonard Cohen, drummer Rafael Gayol hard at work, a beaming Sharon Robinson, a set list again referencing the mysterious, yet to be performed “Blues In C,” and 19,800 entranced audience members at the Dec 4, 2012 show.
Originally posted Dec 9, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric