Q: The adulation of hipsters, [Rebecca De Mornay] helping him with errands – is this the brooding lifestyle most people would associate with Leonard Cohen? Leonard Cohen: “Solid-gold artists would kill for this kind of anguish.”

Sitting with De Mornay in his kitchen as snow sprinkles his patio, Cohen suddenly utters a phone number. It’s the number of Air Canada; they need to fly to Toronto tonight — Cohen for more media flesh-pressing, De Mornay to return to the set of her next movie, Sidney Lumet’s Beyond Innocence. ‘Is that my cue?’ De Mornay says. Cohen calmly states, to no one in particular, ‘Well, we should make reservations.’ She goes over to the phone. The adulation of hipsters, a lovely woman helping him with errands — is this the brooding lifestyle most people would associate with Leonard Cohen? He smiles grimly and says, without missing a beat, ‘Solid-gold artists would kill for this kind of anguish.’ Need any more reasons?

From 7 Reasons Leonard Cohen Is the Next-Best Thing to God by David Browne. Entertainment Weekly, Jan 8, 1993. Rebecca De Mornay (1993), Photo by Christof Graf (taken from Christof`Graf`s new Leonard Cohen book “Zen & Poetry” – The Cohenpedia Series Vol. 1).

“Yes, Showtime the network has commissioned my script…. means nothing. Seeing Leonard Cohen is bigger.”Mary Karr

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Yes, Showtime the network has commissioned my script…. means nothing. Seeing Cohen is bigger. I saw Leonard Cohen in an LA restaurant when I was having lunch with my agent (look for news about me and SHOWTIME and CHERRY this summer). I gave him a copy of KIN, and he said, ‘I’ve heard of this….’ Died and gone to Heaven.quotedown2

Mary Karr

 

From Mary Karr’s Facebook page.

You have to admire a woman who has her priorities straight.

DrHGuy Note: Mary Karr is a poet and essayist best known as the author of the 1995 New York Times best-seller “The Liar’s Club.”  She also teamed up with alt-country singer Rodney Crowell on the album, “Kin: Songs by Mary Karr and Rodney Crowell.” Photo by Kara Hayes Smith – St. Louis County Library – St. Louis County Library, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link.
Originally posted June 22, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Photos Of The Extraordinary 2013 Leonard Cohen Paris Concert

Photos of the “fin, élégant, racé, notre légende vivante, Leonard Cohen” by eMmA the collagist

These photos of the June 18, 2013 Leonard Cohen Paris concert capture the excitement and sheer joyfulness of attending an outstanding set of performances by the Canadian singer-songwriter – or a eMmA describes him, “fin, élégant, racé, notre légende vivante, Leonard Cohen” [Google Translate: “fine, elegant, racy, our living legend, Leonard Cohen”]. These images were originally posted as part of  Leonard Cohen, 18 juin 2013 P.O.P. B, Amen! on June 18,2013  at Les Collages d’eMmA. The accompanying text is a delightful read, even in the awkward machine translation.

Worthy of special mention are the shots of a couple in the audience dancing, the usually invisible Neil Larsen, and a smiling Leonard Cohen waving at the crowd as he leaves the stage.

DrHGuy extends a special thanks from Chapel Hill, North Carolina to eMmA the collagist in Paris for taking these photos and graciously allowing them to be posted here.

Originally posted June 21, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“[Book Of Mercy] was above all for me a way of praying.” Leonard Cohen

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I was so intensely involved with Book Of Mercy that I did not do anything else during its writing. Originally, I did not think of publication. The psalms came this way. It was above all for me a way of praying.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Dans les loges avec Leonard Cohen à Strasbourg en 1985 (Le Républicain Lorrain: 18/11/2016). Originally published in Républicain on Feb 17, 1985). By Jean-Paul Germonville. Via Google Translate.

Ghost Covers Leonard Cohen’s Avalanche

Swedish heavy metal band covers of Leonard Cohen’s song are not as common as one might think, but Dominique BOILE writes that he discovered one on Ghost’s June 1, 2018 release, Prequelle.

On the Deluxe limited edition there is a bonus track with a beautiful version (haunted, of course!) of “Avalanche.”

“Please understand I never had a secret chart to get me to the heart of this or any other matter” Leonard Cohen Explains “Why I wouldn’t like to intrude on anybody’s life by trying to advise them”

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That’s why I wouldn’t like to intrude on anybody’s life by trying to advise them. I mean the real truth about my visions is that I don’t have any special secret. I said it in a song. ‘Please understand I never had a secret chart to get me to the heart of this or any other matter’quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

From Famous Last Words from Leonard Cohen by Paul Saltzman. Maclean’s: June 1972.

DrHGuy Note: The lines Leonard Cohen quotes, “Please understand I never had a secret chart to get me to the heart of this or any other matter,” are from the penultimate verse of The Stranger Song:

Well, I’ve been waiting, I was sure
we’d meet between the trains we’re waiting for
I think it’s time to board another
Please understand, I never had a secret chart
to get me to the heart of this
or any other matter
When he talks like this
you don’t know what he’s after
When he speaks like this,
you don’t know what he’s after.  [emphasis mine]

Note: Originally posted June 26, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Aging is the most interesting thing in life. We take a step back, it offers a new perspective” Leonard Cohen


From Dans les loges avec Leonard Cohen à Strasbourg en 1985 (Le Républicain Lorrain: 18/11/2016). Originally published in Républicain on Feb 17, 1985). By Jean-Paul Germonville. Via Google Translate.