Breaking The Wishbone – Leonard Cohen’s Poem For Marianne: “I wanted / you to get / the bigger part / because / I’m so happy / anyway”

Breaking The Wishbone
From Leonard Cohen To Marianne

I wanted
you to get
the bigger part
because
I’m so happy
anyway

From So Long, Marianne: A Love Story (English edition) by Kari Hesthamar.

Brian Ingle: “[Leonard Cohen] was authentic and the most loving and kind person I have ever met a true gentleman.” Leonard Cohen: “That’s why I am Leonard Cohen”

Back in 2001 I lived in Bombay for two years and was friends with Leonard Cohen. He lived across the road from my yoga studio and apartment in Kemps Corner South Bombay. We attended the same spiritual meetings with the his teacher at the time, Ramaesh Balsikar, and hung out in the same Breach Candy Club, an oasis in that crazy beautiful city which overlooked the Arabian Sea.

I have been reading and singing Leonard songs for over 30 years. I loved his music and lyrics before I met him and I loved the man after I knew him. Leonard is a deeply spiritual being and at the same time was a very worldly man. But most of all he was authentic and the most loving and kind person I have ever met a true gentleman.

I remember one time I rang him up on my birthday. This is how the conversation went:

Me: “Leonard, it’s my birthday today and I’m having a few friends around would love you to come over for a drink.”

Leonard: “It’s 7 o’clock I have just had my dinner and I am going to bed.”

Me: “But you’re Leonard Cohen.”

Leonard: “Brian, that’s why I am Leonard Cohen.”

I feel the same love and connection with him even today. He touched so many people with his love and his words and I know if there is life after death his next life will be his best one. Thank you Mr Cohen.

By Brian Ingle, from Leonard Cohen: He’s our man (Irish Times: Nov 11, 2016). Photo by Ratnesh Mathur.

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“My job is something like a ‘stealth’ conductor: The better I do it, the less one might notice it.” Roscoe Beck On Working With Leonard Cohen

From Roscoe Beck: Words and Music with Leonard Cohen by Chris Jisi. BassPlayer: July 1, 2013. The entire article, an intriguing read, can be accessed at the link. Photo by Pierre-René Legrand. Thanks to Linda Sturgess alerted me to this article. Originally posted July 4, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Cohen et Son Dieu [Leonard Cohen and His God] To Be Published Sept 6, 2018

 

Dominique BOILE writes

I enclose, exclusively, the cover photo of Leonard Cohen et Son Dieu [Leonard Cohen and His God], an original book in French to be published by Les Impressions Nouvelles on September 6, 2018. Written by Dominique Cerbelaud, a French Dominican theologian who often exchanged ideas with Leonard, this monograph (8 chapters, 128 pages) analyzes Leonard’s songs from the perspective of religious themes.

This volume can be pre-oredered from Amazon (French site)

Editeur : Impressions Nou (6 septembre 2018)
Langue : Français
ISBN-10: 2874496200
ISBN-13: 978-2874496202

“We can listen to [Hallelujah] a thousand times, and every time we discover things. I do not know anyone who can handle the language like [Leonard Cohen], to choose the simplest words but go to the bone. Yet they are never flat; they have a depth, a sensuality, a sophistication.” Dominique Issermann

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But since that time [when we were together], I have taken a step back. I am much more attentive to his texts today. When we were together, I was very active, maybe too much, and when I saw him anxious, I did not pay enough attention; I did not realize how difficult it was. I heard him working for two years on Hallelujah before it was finished. This song – we can listen to it a thousand times, and every time we discover things. I do not know anyone who can handle the language like him, to choose the simplest words but go to the bone. And yet they are never flat, they have a depth, a sensuality, a sophistication. ‘I came so far for beauty / I left so much behind / My patience and my family / My masterpiece unsigned.’ It’s sublime, is it not? It is revised, refine, purified, polished, until only the essence remains: hieroglyphs. quotedown2

Dominique Issermann

 

From Ma vie avec Leonard Cohen : “Je l’ai entendu travailler deux ans sur ‘Hallelujah’” par François Armanet et Bernard Loupias (L’Obs: Nov 11, 2016). Interview originally published in “Le Nouvel Observateur” of January 26, 2012. Excerpt via computer translation with assistance from Coco Éclair. Photo by Dominique BOILE.

Win An Advance Copy Of Matters Of Vital Interest By Eric Lerner

Update: The Leonard Cohen Tell All Koan – Matters Of Vital Interest By Eric Lerner

I just finished reading Matters of Vital Interest: A Forty-Year Friendship with Leonard Cohen by Eric Lerner and will soon be posting my review of it, but I can tell you now that this book offers a completely unique perspective on Leonard Cohen and includes new information about Leonard’s connection with Roshi, Leonard’s terminal illness, his relationship with Suzanne Elrod, Roshi’s sexual scandal, and more.  And, if you’re the lucky sort, you may not have to wait until October  16, 2018, when the volume is due for publication; you can win an advance copy now.

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Q: Do you [& Leonard Cohen] sing at home? Anjani: “Yes, just like normal people. We sing his…” (2007)

Do you [Anjani and Leonard] sing at home?

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Yes, just like normal people. We sing his old songs like Sisters Of Mercy or Bird On The Wire. He plays a lot of guitar to keep in practice. There is also a synthesizer around, so I can play spontaneously if I want. And sometimes, when friends come to visit, we sing after dinner.quotedown2

Anjani Thomas

From Mit Gedächtnisschwund kommt man schon sehr weit by Von Johannes Wächter. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Issue 17: 2007, an interview with Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas about their connection. Quote via Google Translate. Photo by Dominique BOILE.

“People like Leonard Cohen got close to addressing this whole issue… They say everything is temporal… life is suffering, that is the first of the Buddhist noble truths. Leonard Cohen is one funny fucker … He’s gotta know something we don’t!” Brett Sparks of The Handsome Family

Finally I ask if miserable is the usual adult state ….?

Rennie is quick on the draw, “ No, no, I don’t think so at all …I like to illuminate the light in songs, you need to have the darkness to see the light”

Brett is straight on this thread and seems keen to philosophise a little … “Life is essentially a slow, beautiful downward spiral. It’s filled with funny bits and beautiful bits and love and pain music and art… but it is a downward spiral nonetheless and anyone who refuses to accept that is just a fool, they’re deluding themselves…” (Laughs.)

Rennie agrees, “Yes, I think the first step to attaining meaning in your life is understanding that fact”

Brett continues, “I actually think that people like Leonard Cohen got close to addressing this whole issue… They say everything is temporal… life is suffering, that is the first of the Buddhist noble truths. Rennie picks up …”So then, you go from there and you can find wonderful meaningful truths.”

Brett ponders briefly, before delivering his final shot… “Leonard Cohen is one funny fucker … and he’s fucked his way around the World … He’s gotta know something we don’t!” At this, Rennie simply smiles serenely and makes a final pre show check on her makeup, whilst Brett was still chuckling.

From The Handsome Family … On woodpeckers, crows, darkness, philosophy and Leonard Cohen by Alan J Taylor. No Depression: June 12, 2013. Photo by Erik Joling – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Note: Originally posted June 22, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric