“Thanks for the many chuckles, Allan” Leonard Cohen


Thanks for the many chuckles, Allan, and the sometimes embarrassing reminders of past follies. Deeply appreciate your efforts on my behalf. Brilliant work. Better than Drudge. Gratitude and warm regards to you and The Duchess.







Leonard’s words, originally posted on Cohencentric’s first anniversary (March 6, 2016), seem an especially apt entry on this site’s penultimate day of operation,

Cohencentric: Nov 2, 2018

Since March 7, 2015, over 7,700 posts chock-full of information, photos, videos, animations,audio recordings, and humor have been published on Cohencentric. That’s an average of 5.7 posts added to the site each day 365 days a year, including holidays, periods of illness, and moments of lassitude. Not so shabby. And in that time, Cohencentric has accumulated nearly five million (4,899,569, last I checked) hits (i.e., unique views). Definitely not shabby.

“[Songwriting] often is a young man’s game… But there are some old guys who hang in there and come up with some very interesting work.” Leonard Cohen

There aren’t many songwriters of your generation who have been able to maintain the quality of their past work the way you have been able to.

… There is a certain age that is appropriate to this tremendous expenditure of energy and the tremendous bravery and courage that you need to go into the fray. It often is a young man’s game, or as Browning said, ‘The first fine careless frenzy.’ That is what the lyric poem is based on, the song is based on. But there are some old guys who hang in there and come up with some very interesting work.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From a 1992 interview with Leonard Cohen published in Songwriters on Songwriting by Paul Zollo. Da Capo Press: 1997. Photo by Dominique Issermann.

The Browning line quoted as “First fine careless frenzy” is actually “The first fine careless rapture” from Home Thoughts From Abroad, by Robert Browning.

That ‘s the wise thrush; he sings each song twice over, Lest you should think he never could recapture The first fine careless rapture!

“The criticism that I am gloomy or dull or depressing tends to come from people who are hostile to my work.” Leonard Cohen. Photo: Anton Cermak

interview at the Sebel Townhouse, Sydney on May 20, 1985. Photo by Anton Cermak

“I was always amused by that reputation [as a ladies’ man] for someone who has spent so many nights alone. These things sort of get into the database, I suppose.” Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen: Love’s Hard Man by Alan Franks (Article first appeared in The Times Magazine on 13 October 2001). Originally posted July 27, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Q: Any younger artists you’re listening to now? Leonard Cohen (2001): “I listen to whatever’s put in front of me: Eminem, Spice Girls, everybody.”

Any younger artists you’re listening to now?

I didn’t get a chance to listen to much up on the mountain [The Mt Baldy Zen Center]. Rufus Wainwright is a good friend of my daughter’s, so I know his work. I listen to whatever’s put in front of me: Eminem, Spice Girls, everybody.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Leonard Cohen on Becoming a Monk, Why His Opinions Don’t Matter by Mark Binelli. Rolling Stone: Nov 8, 2001.