“I think if I had one of those good voices, I would have done it completely differently. I probably would have sung the songs I really like rather than be a writer.” Leonard Cohen


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I think if I had one of those good voices, I would have done it completely differently. I probably would have sung the songs I really like rather than be a writer. When I was a kid I always had this fantasy of singing with a band. We’d have get-togethers and I’d sing ‘Racing with the Moon,’ stuff like that. I just don’t think one would have bothered to write if one could have really lifted one’s voice in song. But that wasn’t my voice. This is my voice.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

“Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough” By Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988. Photo by Johann Agust Hansen.

While The Audience Waits In The Street – Leonard Cohen’s 2012 Ghent Concerts


Erik Soberon, who took these photos, writes

When I went back to listen to the concert again from behind the fences in the street, I was not alone, hundreds filled the streets to hear his voice, many like me (as I overheard) for a second time. Also many students who couldn’t afford a ticket, or get one in time.  There were chairs and cushions brought, there was sing-along, waltz-dancing, women were swaying their hips on the music, all looking into the black night. It was a very unusual experience which I enjoyed.

I wonder if this happens in every town…

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

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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

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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

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“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.