Video: Images & Music Of Leonard Cohen – Light As The Breeze


Gwen Langford, webmaster of Gwen’s Leonard Cohen Journey, offers this well crafted video comprising a slideshow of photos she took at the 2012 Leonard Cohen Ghent, Dublin, Montreal and Toronto shows set to an audio recording of Light As The Breeze from the August 14th 2012 Ghent concert.

Leonard Cohen – Light As The Breeze

Note: Originally posted Jan 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Lessons From Leonard Cohen: “Growing up involves forgiving – not using relationships as an alibi”

A Manual For Living With Defeat

Lessons From Leonard Cohen – A Manual For Living With Defeat is a collection of Leonard Cohen’s observations that offer insight into living in this imperfect world. (For information about how this series differs from other collections of so-called lessons from Leonard Cohen, see Lessons From Leonard Cohen – Introduction.)

Lesson #10: “Growing up involves forgiving – not using relationships as an alibi”

“It’s a mistake to blame things on other people, especially your parents. Everybody suffers, but growing up involves forgiving – not using relationships as an alibi”1

Leonard Cohen

“I don’t think about my childhood much. I don’t think that it’s a legitimate explanation of one’s life. I think that in order to survive one must be reborn, one must overcome one’s childhood, the injustices, and recognize the privileges. You can’t use your past as an alibi. In the Orient they say ‘to awaken.’ The Christians say ‘to be reborn.’ Whatever the metaphor, I think there comes a moment when we must do it if we want to survive, have self-respect, and take advantage of our new circumstances that we have not yet even touched. The people who die are those who refuse to recognize their new life circumstance and continue to use the old one as an excuse for their shame or laziness. Of course one learns strategies and techniques of survival as a child and I’m not saying one must throw away all they have acquired. But I think there comes a time when the old strategies stop working and life crumbles.”2

Leonard Cohen

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More Lessons From Leonard Cohen

All posts in this series can be found at

Cohencentric Lessons From Leonard Cohen
A Manual For Living With Defeat

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  1. Leonard Cohen: Thoughts Of A Ladies’ Man by Elizabeth M. Thomson. 1979 interview reposted to FolkTracks: Jan 12, 2017. []
  2. Comme Un Guerrier by Christian Fevret (Throat Culture magazine, 1992) []

Marc Roed Photo Of Sharon Robinson Featured In Gragjanski Magazine


Sharon Robinson’s Facebook Page offers a scan of an article about her in Gragjanski, a Macedonian magazine. I’m told the text is appropriately laudatory but I’m most interested in that spectacular photo of Ms Robinson.

That photo looked familiar.

Turns out it looked familiar because three months ago it was posted on this site at “Photographer Of Two Superb Sharon Robinson Photos Identified.” The occasion for the posting was the discovery that this shot (and one other favorite Robinson photo) were taken by Marc Roed at the Aug 26, 20012 Leonard Cohen Aalborg concert.

The magazine flipped the photo horizontally to look like this.

My ability to read Macedonian isn’t strong – or existent, so I don’t know if Marc received credit for the photo or not. Regardless, I certainly want him credited on Cohencentric.

Note: Originally posted Jan 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric