Cohen has been criticised for putting the same kind of chords and melodies to a lot of different words. I asked him whether certain harmonies, music progressions prompted him to produce or whether he didn’t find, the music that important, just the words.
Well, I only know three or four chords [jokingly]. I’m very interested in the music, I love the music and most of the tunes, a lot of them have more than three or four chords. I know a lot of them have a certain similarity but my talent is very limited. You can only work within your own limitations and I’ve done that. I can certainly understand it if people get a touch of monotony. I think that if people are interested in certain kinds of musical experience they are eventually going to be disappointed, disappointed because they need other kinds of nourishment. I don’t see my music as a steady diet for anyone.
From The Strange, Sad and Beautiful World of Leonard Cohen By Andrew Furnival. Petticoat: December 30, 1972. Image atop post from the 1974 Tour in Europe program; contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted Oct 24, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric