Looking For The Best Song Referencing Leonard Cohen: “I’m Your Man” By Spiritualized

Ahead of And Nothing Hurt, Spritualized’s newest album slated to come out September 7, Pierce and company have released a music video for the lead single “I’m Your Man.” (Its title itself a nod to Leonard Cohen’s song of the same name.)

Spiritualized Journeys Through Rock History in New Video “I’m Your Man” by Joel Handley (Reverb: Jun 11, 2018)

 is a Cohencentric series featuring a few of the many tunes alluding to Leonard Cohen.

“Americans are very, very provincial. They really are reluctant to accept new things. They are totally ignorant about what is going on in other countries.” Leonard Cohen 1975

I mentioned a novelist friend who was experiencing the same thing [being more popular in Europe than America] and Cohen responded:

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I think this is the traditional path of gifted people in America. It’s obvious, this is what happened to Faulkner, to Frost, to Miller, to a lot of jazz musicians–Americans are very, very provincial. They really are reluctant to accept new things. They are totally ignorant about what is going on in other countries. These countries in Europe are old, old cultures, with a tremendous sense of tolerance and curiosity built into them. So they’re very interested in new American products. We’re not at all interested in theirs, or in our own.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: The Romantic in a Ragpicker’s Trade by Paul Williams (Crawdaddy, March 1975). Photo by  Pete Purnell.

“I’d like to connect with those songs that write themselves. Once you get hooked on this idea of refinement and impeccable structure [in songwriting], forget a human life.” Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen Highlights His Latest, ‘I’m Your Man’ by Tom Moon. Philadelphia Inquirer: November 4, 1988. Originally posted Aug 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“There are certain truths that are in a dormant stage that you can’t always locate or be nourished by. But they’re there.” Leonard Cohen Talks About Nevermind Lyrics

 

I was curious about a lyric on “Nevermind,” “There’s truth that lives and there’s truth that dies.”

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“There’s truth that lives and truth that dies. I don’t know which, so never mind. There is no need that this survive, there’s truth that lives and truth that dies.” It’s one of those phrases that resonates in some corner of the heart. And I don’t think it serves us well to explain it or to analyze it or to interpret it. It sounded right to me. There are certain truths that are in a dormant stage that you can’t always locate or be nourished by. But they’re there.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen on Longevity, Money, Poetry and Sandwiches By Gavin Edwards (Rolling Stone: Sept 19, 2014).

Is This What You Wanted: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen: Photos

Introduction: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen

The paradoxical popularity of Things Cohenites Don’t Like About Leonard Cohen has prompted a consideration of a decade of writing about Leonard on my own sites and turns posting on LeonardCohenForum, Facebook fan groups, YouTube, and the official Leonard Cohen Facebook page, to determine1 which aspects of Leonard Cohen’s life and work are most favored by fans.

Note: For the purpose of this series, I’ve eliminated what could be described as “breaking news,” e.g., announcements about album releases, tours, books, etc.

#1 Photos Of Leonard Cohen

Yep, the most popular category of Leonard Cohen posts are photos of him. (And, yes, “Photos,” “Spiritual Themes,” and “The Women In His Life” aren’t parallel categories, but that’s how the stats play out.) Moreover, it’s not performance photos that draw the most views; it’s the candid and posed photos. While adding photos to Leonard Cohen quotations routinely doubles or triples the number of hits, isolated photos without dates, locations, names of photographers, or attribution also do well. Fifteen of the most popular photos posted to Cohencentric follow.

Photo by Penny Showalter: Leonard Cohen & DrHGuy – Hanging In The Hood

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Photo by Errol and Henriette Manners: Rediscovered Photo: Leonard Cohen on Hydra – 1971

 

Photo by Lorca Cohen: Two Photos: Leonard Cohen – Not Just A Worker In Song

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Photo by Guido Harari: Guido Harari’s Photos Of Leonard Cohen Napping & Praying – Milan 1992

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  1. “Determine” connotes observations on my part that lack rigid, scientific statistical verification but which I am am convinced – and on which I would wager significant sums of cash – are accurate []

“Can I dig deep enough inside to say something that matters?” Leonard Cohen

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I never had the luxury of standing in front of a buffet table saying, ‘I’ll write this kind of song today and that kind tomorrow.’ It was like: ‘Can I scrape some words together and write anything? . . . Can I dig deep enough inside to say something that matters?’quotedown2

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From “Robert Hilburn Interviews Leonard Cohen” by Robert Hilburn (Los Angeles Times, September 24, 1995). Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell. Originally posted July 2, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“It’s strange how that song [Suzanne] provokes discussion, it wasn’t really the intention, it’s just a song. I don’t mean the song to be anything but a song.” Leonard Cohen

From The Strange, Sad and Beautiful World of Leonard Cohen By Andrew Furnival. Petticoat: December 30, 1972. Originally posted Oct 21, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric