“[I’ll] start smoking when I’m 80 … try a little acid when I’m 90 and sex when I’m 100.” Leonard Cohen – Edmonton 2012

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Leonard Cohen at Nov 18, 2012 Edmonton Concert, quoted in Godfather of Blissful Doom by Mike Ross (Edmonton Sun: Nov 18, 2012). Originally posted Nov 19, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Q: I feel humiliated and exposed by my needs and my desires, even when they’re reciprocated. How can I deal with this? Leonard Cohen: “You feel humiliated and confused anyway. Do not confuse the issue with your needs and desires.”

Leonard Cohen answering questions in Details (July, 1993). Originally posted May 13, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I try everything. I’ll do anything… Nothing works. After a while, if you stick with a song long enough, it will yield. But long enough is way beyond any reasonable estimation of what you might think long enough may be.” Leonard Cohen On Songwriting


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[I bring] anything I can bring to it [writing a song]. Thought, meditation, drinking, disillusion, insomnia, vacations… Because once the song enters the mill, it’s worked on by everything that I can summon. And I need everything. I try everything. I try to ignore it, try to repress it, try to get high, try to get intoxicated, try to get sober, all the versions of myself that I can summon are summoned to participate in this project, this work force. I try everything. I’ll do anything. By any means possible. [Interviewer: ‘Do any of these methods work best?’] No. Nothing works. After a while, if you stick with a song long enough, it will yield. But long enough is way beyond any reasonable estimation of what you might think long enough may be.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen by Paul Zollo. Boulevard Magazine: Jan 29, 2013. Photo by J. Scherr.

“The improvement of the soul is a lifetime project” Leonard Cohen 2008

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From On The Loss Of A Great Artist & Inspiration… by Neil Strauss (NeilStrauss.com: November 11, 2016). Photo by Ketil Blom Haugstulen @ http://cargocollective.com/ketilblom/

Leonard Cohen On Writing Songs For New Skin For The Old Ceremony: “I went to Ethiopia looking for a suntan. It rained, including in the Sinai desert, but through this whole period I had my little guitar with me, and it was then I felt the songs emerging”

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I work very slowly and abandoned hope for many of them [the songs for New Skin For The Old Ceremony]. However, last summer I went to Ethiopia looking for a suntan. It rained, including in the Sinai desert, but through this whole period I had my little guitar with me, and it was then I felt the songs emerging – at least, the conclusions that I had been carrying in manuscript form for the last four or five years, from hotel room to hotel room.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: Cohen’s New Skin by Harvey Kubernik. Melody Maker: 1 March 1975. Originally posted Dec 18, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I started playing guitar in 1950, when I spent the summer in a socialist summer camp near Montreal. I really liked the people there because they were the only ones who were interested in songs as a form of self-expression – as people’s music.” Leonard Cohen

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From ”En tunne vanhenevani lainkaan” – Leonard Cohen Soundissa 1976: The 2016 reprint of a June 1976 Leonard Cohen interview by Dougie Gordon. (Soundi: Nov 11, 2016). Via computer translation. Photo of “Leonard Cohen playing for my mom & uncle, early 1950s, at my great grandmother’s summer campby noahbloom

“That’s my theme: It’s a mess – thank God.” Leonard Cohen

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One idea on [The Future] is that the human predicament has no solution. We were tossed out of the garden; this isn’t paradise. And to look for perfect solutions is a very difficult burden to bear. That’s my theme: It’s a mess – thank God.quotedown2

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From 7 Reasons Leonard Cohen Is the Next-Best Thing to God by David Browne. Entertainment Weekly, Jan 8, 1993.

Q: Do you enjoy the process of writing itself? Leonard Cohen: “I feel very distant when I’m doing it. I feel like there’s someone across the room who is very diligently filling in the blanks of a questionnaire. It’s hard.”

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From Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead (and other things I learned from famous people) by Neil Strauss (The Truth About Lies: July 9, 2011). Image from back cover of Flowers for Hitler by Leonard Cohen, Jonathan Cape (UK): 1973. Photo by Sophie Baker.