“I have been hearing about connecting to the young for 20 or 30 years. At one point, you just say, ‘Why?’ The young people who are interested in my music always find their way to it.” Leonard Cohen

Appealing to the young is a concern of record companies. That is the buying market they see. Still, it seems to me like a great constituency that has money and interest and spare time is simply not being addressed by the commercial world. Eventually, I figure it will creep into the minds of some commercial entities that there are some people alive, not young, who still have interests. I have been hearing about connecting to the young for twenty or thirty years. At one point, you just say, ‘Why?’ The young people who are interested in my music always find their way to it.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Leonard Cohen, Happy At Last by Mireille Silcott. Saturday Night: September 15, 2001. Photo: Copyright John Rettie – www.rocknrollphotographs.com

Kezban Özcan, Leonard Cohen’s Personal Asst, Tells All – Well, Tells More About The Cat & Those Bearded Chaps

Left to right: Duchess, DrHGuy, & Kezban Özcan. Photo by Leonard Cohen

Kezban Özcan, Leonard Cohen’s personal assistant since 2007, has appeared frequently in entries at  Cohencentric and its predecessor sites. Kezban Özcan Talks About What It’s Like To Be Leonard Cohen’s Assistant is, in fact, one of the most popular posts among Cohen fans. Today [date of original post: Aug 29, 2014] she responds to a couple of questions from readers.

Leonard Entwined

The two bearded gents flanking Leonard Cohen in the above photo, posted at An Unrecognized Leonard Cohen Poses At Photographer’s Request – West Village, NYC July 28, 2014, are the owners of Entwine, the Turkish eatery in the background. They are also friends of Kezban, who testifies to the excellence of their offerings and recommends the place to anyone who finds himself or herself in New York.

Kezban & The Cat

As reported previously, Kezban confirms that our favorite Canadian singer-songwriter-icon & long-time canine lover is now the primary caregiver for a cat (see above photo) who had roamed the neighborhood and “got himself adopted” by Leonard Cohen.  Asked the name of the cat, Kezban writes,

The cat’s name is Jackson, but I like pronouncing it with a French accent, I have a feeling he likes that 🙂

Credit Due Department: First photo by Leonard Cohen. Second photo (at Entwine) by Enrique Avilés. Third photo (of DrHGuy, Leonard Cohen, and Jackson) by Penny Showalter.

Note: Originally posted Aug 29, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“[Joni Mitchell’s] beauty was so compelling, she certainly existed as a figure in my heart. I think that Joni was in ‘Joan of Arc.'” Leonard Cohen

With all the obvious consequences, it was clear that her genius was already formed and just waiting to manifest. She was fully formed: uneducated, uninformed, uninstructed. Fully formed and unneeding of any kind of influences. So she was able to pick her influences, as I understand. I am happy to have been one in whatever capacity it was. It was clear that she could pick and choose, and that there was no learning curve. The songs were complete! ‘Both Sides, Now,’ ‘The Circle Game,’ complete. Her beauty was so compelling, she certainly existed as a figure in my heart. I think that Joni was in ‘Joan of Arc.’quotedown2

Leonard Cohen


From Reckless Daughter: A Portrait of Joni Mitchell by David Yaffe. Sarah Crichton Books (October 17, 2017)

Note: Information about the Leonard Cohen – Joni Mitchell romantic relationship can be found at Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell – Just One Of Those Things …

Milwaukee Leonard Cohen Day – March 15, 2013


Text and picture of the proclamation are below.

WHEREAS: The City of Milwaukee joins community members, Shank Hall, the Milwaukee Theatre and concertgoers in recognizing the many accomplishments of Leonard Cohen on Friday, March 15, 2013; and,

WHEREAS, Leonard Cohen was born on September 21, 1934 in Montreal, Quebec to Nathan Cohen and Marsha Klonitsky; and,

WHEREAS, Leonard Cohen has had a prolific career of celebrated songs, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; and,

WHEREAS, Leonard Cohen last performed in Milwaukee in 1975, 38 years ago, and will play in Milwaukee on March 15 at the Milwaukee Theatre; and

WHEREAS, The City of Milwaukee honors Leonard Cohen and recognizes his many accomplishments and contributions to music throughout his career;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, TOM BARRETT, Mayor of the City of Milwaukee, do hereby proclaim Friday, March 15, 2013 to be


throughout the City of Milwaukee.


Found at Mayor Barrett proclaims March 15 “Leonard Cohen Day” in Milwaukee by Matt Wild. Posted March 7, 2013 at A.V. Club

Note: Originally posted March 8, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

2013: Leonard Cohen On His Knees Overwhelms Chicago

Leonard Cohen Concert: Chicago Theatre – March 13, 2013

The above image is an outstanding example from one of my favorite Leonard Cohen performance photo subcategories: Leonard Cohen on his knees photographed from above. Both it and the shot of the chandelier at the Chicago Theatre were taken by David Foster.

Note: Originally posted Mar 15, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric