Leonard Cohen on Jennifer Warnes “Her voice is like the California weather, filled with sunlight. But there is an earthquake behind it.”

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Her voice is like the California weather, filled with sunlight. But there is an earthquake behind it. It is that tension that I think defines Jennifer’s remarkable gift.quotedown2

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From Various Positions: A Life of Leonard Cohen by Ira Nadel. (2007)

“[Janis Joplin] stood for something beautiful & nervous & high … and yet she couldn’t have those things, she couldn’t manifest simple beautiful things in her own life” Leonard Cohen


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I think there are people that make their work beautiful in a way that they can never make their lives or their bodies beautiful. I mean I know Janis Joplin, you know, she was that classic pop star, as embodied by the rose in that movie, she really would sing to 20 or 30 thousand people who were drooling at her feet and you know, I’d see her wandering around the Chelsea Hotel at 3 in the morning trying to find you know somebody to have a cup of coffee with. So how do you reconcile those things? I don’t know. She stood for something beautiful and nervous and high, and surrendered completely, and yet she couldn’t have those things, she couldn’t manifest simple things, simple beautiful things in her own life, that’s really what I mean.quotedown2

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From How The Heart Approaches What It Yearns – Interview With Leonard Cohen Presented By John McKenna. RTE Ireland, May 9 & 12, 1988.  Photo of Janis Joplin by Columbia Records (Billboard page 5) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons. Photo of Leonard Cohen by Peter Brosseau/Library and Archives Canada/PA-170174, Originally posted Dec 3, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on his preference for “writing in which there is no reference to anything beyond the individual’s own predicament, his own mess, his own struggle.”

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There are people like Charles Bukowski who make that tiny will glorious, and that’s a kind of writing that I like very much: a writing in which there is no reference to anything beyond the individual’s own predicament, his own mess, his own struggle.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen as interviewed by Robert Sward Montreal 1984. Photo by Antonio Olmos. Originally posted March 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Also see The Human Predicament In Leonard Cohen’s Music

Leonard Cohen On Jennifer Warnes & Her Famous Blue Raincoat Album “Her taste is impeccable, her musical decisions are impeccable…”

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She [Jennifer Warnes] goes for real emotion in the back up vocals … her taste is impeccable, her musical decisions are impeccable. I’m very pleased with this project [Famous Blue Raincoat album] for many reasons. I love Jennifer as a person and as a singer and the fact that she’s dedicated all that talent to my songs – well you don’t have many of those gestures made towards you in your life.quotedown2

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From Read Leonard Cohen’s exclusive interview with Hot Press from 1988 by Joe Jackson (Hot Press: 11 Nov 2016)

Leonard Cohen Had A Thing For The Australians On Hydra

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The Australians [on Hydra] drank more than other people, they wrote more, they got sick more, they got well more, they cursed more, they blessed more, and they helped a great deal more. They were an inspiration.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen George Johnston Charmian Clift On Hydra. Hydra photo by Marie-louise Guillard. Originally posted September 9, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on Sharon Robinson: “When we sing together, my voice contains no loneliness.”

Sharon Robinson & Leonard Cohen Caesar's Palace 2010

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In very early times, I tried that  [releasing albums without many accompanying musicians]. But in the meantime, my music became much more complex. Furthermore, I would bore myself to death to be in the studio or on stage alone. Sharon Robinson, who has worked with me since 1979 as a backup singer and who produced the new album, has succeeded in cushioning the imperfections of my voice. When we sing together, my voice contains no loneliness.quotedown2

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From The Happy Message of the Aged, Interview by Sven F. Goergens. (Translated by Marie Mazur, using translation software, with the aid of Adi Heindl): Focus: September 15, 2001. Originally posted Apr 17, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric