Is The Leonard Cohen Online Unified Heart In Danger Of Flatlining? – The Redemptive Role Of The Unified Heart Seal & The Blessing To End Disunity

Embracing Leonard Cohen Online

There is a kind of surrender about it, not in the sense of giving up but the kind of surrender that involves an embrace.1

Leonard Cohen

Introduction: This is the followup to Is The Leonard Cohen Online Unified Heart In Danger Of Flatlining?, which has ironically become one of the most popular Cohencentric offerings. In that post, I set forth the hypothesis that Leonard Cohen’s online presence is diminishing and, consequently, we are in danger of losing a vital element of Leonard’s legacy. I also wrote

The best case scenario is that I’m wrong. Persuade me that my assessment is inaccurate, i.e., that Leonard Cohen’s online presence is growing or remaining stable rather than diminishing, and I will happily publish a celebratory acknowledgment. Really – this isn’t a rhetorical flourish; if you believe all is well online, send your reasoning to me at the email address listed at the “DrHGuy Info” tab on the top right of every Cohencentric page. And, if it’s a convincing argument, I’ll post it.

While a few thousand folks viewed that post since its publication last week (Aug 2, 2018), I have yet to receive a single response reputing my notion of an downtrend in online Leonard Cohen references.2 So, onward ever, to…

Resolving Dissension

There are multiple causes for the deterioration of Leonard Cohen’s online presence, some of which cannot be directly addressed. For example, short of divine intervention, there is little to be done about the fact that there will be no new Leonard Cohen poems or songs created.3

On the other hand, at least one issue is potentially repairable. While I am not privy to the intrapsychic processes of all the folks on Facebook, LeonardCohenForum, Instagram, etc. who have decreased their participation on those platforms, I have spoken to a handful of friends who fall into those categories, and based on their experiences and my own, it is clear that many contributors to Leonard Cohen sites have been disheartened by the derogatory responses to their efforts.

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  1. From Tortoise-Shell Hero by Biba Kopf. New Musical Express, March 2, 1985. []
  2. OK, that may mean that no one disputes the downtrend OR that those who disagreed with my findings simply didn’t fully read the post. []
  3. It’s worth noting, however, that the death of an entertainment icon does not necessarily end his or her online popularity; fan interest in figures such as Michael Jackson, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, and Bob Marley has continued since these stars left this vale of tears. []

Interest In Phil Spector Pointing Pistol At Leonard Cohen Leads To Cohencentric Popularity Spike

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Ir turns out that the good folks at Reddit were interested enough in the account of Phil Spector holding a gun to Leonard Cohen’s head to make Guns Aimed At Leonard Cohen the most popular Cohencentric entry yesterday and, in the process, cause a spike in this site’s recent popularity. (Guns Aimed At Leonard Cohen features the Phil Spector anecdote as well as the stories of Cuban soldiers with submachine guns capturing Leonard and Maoists at the 1970 Aix-En-Provence Festival shooting at him.)

On the same day a post on Steve Hoffman Music Forums about Joni Mitchell’s Rainy Night House included links to Firearms In The Work & Life Of Leonard Cohen: His Father’s World War I Pistol and That Don’t Make It Junk – Things Cohenites Don’t Like About Leonard Cohen: His Guns, which also added to the total hits, albeit less dramatically.

Vulture Ranks Leonard Cohen’s Albums From Worst to Best

Certain perennials dependably bloom in the Leonard Cohen garden of musical journalism. Along with articles listing “X Things You Didn’t Know About Leonard Cohen,” “The Y Best Songs Of Leonard Cohen,” and “The Z Best Covers Of Hallelujah,” an enduring favorite is “Leonard Cohen Albums Ranked.” Today’s post features 12 Leonard Cohen Albums, Ranked From Worst to Best by Tom Hawking. Vulture: Sept 29, 2014. I’ve excerpted the section on “The Future” album (ranked #7 of 12) below as a sampling.

#7. The Future (1992)
The last record before our hero took to the mountain for a decade was a dark, world-weary affair — the title track proclaims, “I have seen the future, brother/ It is murder.” Musically, The Future is a curiously mixed bag. Its strongest tracks are up with the best work Cohen’s ever made, most notably “Anthem,” which is certainly a contender for Best Leonard Cohen Song Ever — he described the closing lines of the chorus (“There is a crack in everything/ That’s how the light gets in”) as “the closest thing I could describe to a credo.” But the record’s padded out by a couple of largely superfluous covers and, strangely, an instrumental, the only one of Cohen’s career.

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Originally posted October 2, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“One of the tremendous beauties about Leonard Cohen which I will never ever forget is that what you saw was what you got, 100 percent: dignified, generous, unbelievable.” Patrick Leonard

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He said a couple things to me in the last six months [of his life] that I feel I will keep in my mind for the rest of my life, heavier than I would ever share with anyone. I think there are people who are seekers because they’re confused, there are seekers who want to be part of something, but whatever brings you to it, once you start to seek it’s hard to stop. He investigated every nook and cranny. I mean, why do you study music? Because you want to get to the bottom of it, so that whatever you do is pure. And I think with Leonard, [he understood that] this experience of being human is difficult and his point of view was that spirituality offers, I don’t know, some gentleness maybe? I think it was important for him to see if he believed in that gentleness, in that forgiveness or that grace… And you’d feel it in the lyrics. There were often Christian themes, but they’d be framed by a historical reference to something completely on the other side of the subject matter. And that was one of this tremendous gifts–that he could talk about asparagus and the Virgin Mother in the same sentence and it worked, I don’t know how. [Laughs]. quotedown2

Patrick Leonard

 

Leonard Cohen producer remembers his friend: ‘A scholar of the heart’ by Leah Greenblatt (Entertainment: November 18, 2016)

Leonard Cohen says Suzanne Elrod “outwitted me at every turn”

In 1969, Cohen met 24-year-old Suzanne Elrod, the woman with whom he would share his longest and most tempestuous relationship. (She was not the legendary “Suzanne” of his most famous song, though Cohen admits her name was part of the attraction.) The two formed what Cohen describes as a marriage, though it was never formalized. In the coming years, Cohen’s recordings (including Songs of Love and Hate and Death of a Ladies’ Man) were often-stark portrayals of the struggle for romantic faith amid sexual warfare and of hope in the face of cultural dissolution. Much of the work was about his stormy relationship with Elrod. (She “outwitted me at every turn,” he says.) They had two children together and separated in the mid-’70s.

From Brother of Mercy by Mikal Gilmore, Spin, March 2002

“We should designate three years of honoring Leonard Cohen, minimum, because nothing will ever be the same, and we would not be the world we are without this man… He was a scholar of the heart.” Patrick Leonard

 

Aside from the rich recorded legacy the singer leaves behind, how would Leonard like his friend and mentor to be remembered?

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I feel like a few days, a few weeks of press, isn’t enough. We should designate three years of honoring Leonard Cohen, minimum, because nothing will ever be the same, and we would not be the world we are without this man I promise. He was a scholar of the heart.quotedown2

Patrick Leonard

Leonard Cohen producer remembers his friend: ‘A scholar of the heart’ by Leah Greenblatt (Entertainment: November 18, 2016)