Leonard Cohen Responds To “Why I Write the Same Old Song”

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I think any artist — writer, singer, or painter — has only one or two paintings that he does over and over. quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From “Yakety Yak” by Scott Cohen (1994). Ad image atop this post contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted May 21, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Dave Eggers Lists The Two Reasons Leonard Cohen Was Placed On Earth

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Leonard Cohen was placed on this Earth to (1) freak us out with his baritone vocals and (2) provide a stunning counterpoint to what can happen when we press pause on the American Idol/Hannah Montana mediocrity machine that’s been sucking the life out of our musical landscape for the past decade.quotedown2

Dave Eggers

 

From Dave Eggers Will “Blow Your Mind Completely” by Maddy Madison, New York, Mar 31, 2008. Photo by BrokenSphere – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Wikimedia Commons. Originally posted Apr 1, 2008 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On His Inspiration For The Original “Band Aid” Opening Lines Of Ain’t No Cure For Love

[Did Ain’t No Cure For Love start out] about the SALT Treaty?

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Actually, one of the things on my mind was that I was very pissed off at Band Aid, this moment in musical history where everyone took care of ‘we gave at the office.’ It was very nice, but first of all, I hadn’t been asked by anybody to sing. [smiles] So the song started off ‘From the heart of man to the heart of God the ladder’s been removed / And there ain’t no band-aid big enough to cover up this wound.’ That idea.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

“From the heart of man to the heart of God the ladder’s been removed / And there ain’t no band-aid big enough to cover up this wound” is an early version of the opening lines of Ain’t No Cure For Love. The excerpt if from Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland. Musician: July 1988.

“Some moments in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle were as fine as anything I’ve seen by you [Rebecca De Mornay] or anyone else” Leonard Cohen

In 1993, Leonard Cohen, the singer-songwriter and poet who was perhaps the world’s greatest interviewee, switched roles to interview Rebecca De Mornay, the gorgeous movie actress who was, for a time, Mr. Cohen’s fiancée. The following excerpt is from From Knowing Rebecca de Mornay Like Only Leonard Cohen Can by Leonard Cohen with William Claxton. Interview magazine. June 1, 1993:

Leonard Cohen: What would you say was your finest moment on the screen?

Rebecca De Mornay: What would you say?

Leonard Cohen: I thought some moments in The Hand That Rocks the Cradle were as fine as anything I’ve seen by you or anyone else, such as the moment where you beat up the bathroom with a shovel. Or was it a plunger?

Rebecca De Mornay: It was a plunger.

Leonard Cohen: I thought that was a rare moment of a woman’s anger onscreen.

Rebecca De Mornay: It’s a very difficult thing for people to accept, seeing women act out anger on the screen. We’re more accustomed to seeing men expressing rage and women crying.

Leonard Cohen Explains Why There Are Two Limos In Chelsea Hotel #2

Why are there two limos [in Chelsea Hotel #2]?

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One for each of us. We’re both waiting to leave. We’re both killing time or something.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).