“We don’t want to live a frivolous life, we don’t want to live a superficial life.” Leonard Cohen On “Nourishment Of Seriousness”

From At Lunch With Leonard Cohen;Philosophical Songwriter On A Wire by Jon Pareles. New York Times: October 11, 1995

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

Slint’s David Pajo on his musical hero Leonard Cohen: “It’s not just the poetry, the words, or even the songwriting – it’s also the way he conducts his life.”

It’s hard to say who my musical hero is – it always changed each year. Before Slint, when I was in Maurice, it was Glenn Danzig. During the early part of Slint it was Steve Albini. But one constant has been Leonard Cohen. He’s one of those guys that I still admire. It’s not just his songwriting I find inspiring, it’s his whole life – he’s like Hemingway or something. It’s not just the poetry, the words, or even the songwriting – it’s also the way he conducts his life. The fact he left everything to be a Renzai Buddhist monk for years and years. I find that really inspiring.

From Hero Worship: Slint’s David Pajo on Leonard Cohen by David Pajo. The Skinny: March 7, 2014. Photo by David Jones 大卫 琼斯. Originally posted Mar 7, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Cohencentric 3 Years Old Today – And We Miss Our Audience Of One: Leonard Cohen

chucklesThe above graphic and quote from Leonard below are from Cohencentric’s first blogiversary post on March 7, 2016.

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.





The State Of The Blog: March 7, 2018

Since Cohencentric came online March 7, 2015, it has published over 6000 posts chock-full of information, photos, videos, animations, audio recordings, musicological and philosophical discussions, and even the occasional joke. That’s an average of 5-6 posts added to the site each day, 365 days a year. Not so shabby. And in just these three years, Cohencentric has accumulated 3.9 million hits (aka unique views). Definitely not too shabby.


As long-time readers know, Cohencentric.com is the phoenix version of 1HeckOfAGuy.com. The first 1HeckOfAGuy.com post went online 12 years ago – March 3, 2006. The early posts (for example, the second entry, A Heck Of A [Warm-Up] Guy) focused on my life and interests.. For those keeping score, the first mention of Leonard Cohen at the 1HeckOfAGuy URL was the July 6, 2006 entry, “Do I Have To Dance All Night” – The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard, and posts about him, Anjani, Lorca, Adam,  and the rest of the gang were for some time only occasional occurrences. That site closed, for all practical purposes, in mid-February 2015.1 More information about 1HeckOfAGuy.com is available here.

Cohencentric Changes Coming

I had indicated that this post would include a discussion of changes coming to Cohencentric but belatedly realized that this celebratory entry was not an auspicious occasion for such an issue, so that announcement will be published later.


  1. 1HeckOfAGuy.com still exists, albeit only as a site redirecting folks looking for a Leonard Cohen post originally published on that site to Cohencentric []

Leonard Cohen Explains Why His Hair Is Close-Cropped On The Live Songs Cover


Why the hell did you shave off all your hair for the “Live” LP album?

Life just got to be too much for me at that time. I just couldn’t handle anything at all – so I went to a monastery to live. And I guess I just went over the wall.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Life On The Ledge With Leonard Cohen by Jon Marlowe. The Miami News: Nov 9, 1977.

The Cars Of Leonard Cohen: Jeep DJ -Tennessee, Late 1960s – Early 1970s


Cars Of Leonard Cohen

is a series of posts about actual automobiles owned by or associated with Leonard Cohen, metaphorical cars he employed in his songs, and his thoughts about cars. All posts in this series will be collected at when they go online.

Leonard Cohen’s Jeep

I suspect the jeep in these photos with Leonard Cohen is the one he purchased for use during his sojourn in Franklin, Tennessee in the early 1970s:

I moved there [Franklin Tennessee]. I had a house, a jeep, a carbine, a pair of cowboy boots, a girlfriend. … A typewriter, a guitar. Everything I needed1

Jeep DJ

JeepMailTruckThe vehicle in the shots with Leonard Cohen resembles the DJ series “postal jeep” (pictured directly above) that was used by the USPS. DJ’s were also, however, employed by the military and were sold to individuals.

The Jeep DJ (also known as the Dispatcher) was a two-wheel-drive variant of the four-wheel drive CJ series. Production started in 1955 by Willys, which was renamed Kaiser Jeep in 1963. In 1970, American Motors (AMC) purchased Kaiser’s money-losing Jeep operations and established AM General, a wholly owned subsidiary that built the DJ through 1983.2

The DJ series was largely recycled using leftover jeep body styles and existing technology, making these jeeps inexpensive delivery vehicles. It came with either a column shift or floor shift three-speed Borg Warner T-96 manual transmission, which was the first since the CJ-2A to have a column shift. The DJ models were offered with many different body options including a soft top, hard top, or a full van body. The DJ could also come in right-hand drive for postal delivery use.,, DJ-A thru DJ-M became the Postal/Dispatch Jeep for most of America. Rural areas still used the Jeeps through 1984… Although rare, there are reportedly still Postal Jeeps in service today in a few areas.3


Photo Credit: Arnaud Maggs / Library and Archives Canada, R7959-3101.


  1. Various Positions by Ira Nadel. Random House of Canada, 1996 []
  2. Wikipedia []
  3. Brief History: DJ Series by Rachel (Kaiser Willys Jeep Blog: March 14, 2012) []