Leonard Cohen On His Relationship To The Seven Deadly Sins In 1994 & 2016

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1994: Pick Five Words That Describe Yourself1

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2016: Through the years, in both your music and your life, have you learned to get rid of the unnecessary, the vanity?2

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They seem to have gotten rid of me. No virtue on my part. Several of the seven deadly sins seem to have lost interest in this immobilized person.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

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  1. “Q Questionnaire – Leonard Cohen” Q Magazine: September 1994 []
  2. Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski. Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016 [from interview transcript] []

Leonard Cohen Advises Terence Trent D’Arby On Aging, Women, Sex, & Wagging

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I had dinner with [Leonard Cohen] and we hit it off well. He’s beautiful. The way he attracts women, man, is just incredible. There’s a very priest-like vibe about him. I said to him, As I get older I find regarding women and sex that the dog is wagging the tail now rather then the tail wagging the dog like it used to. That I now have some control over these things and it makes the situation all the more enjoyable when it happens. He said, ‘Enjoy it, my friend, because when you get to my age you can’t choose any more, just as long as something wags.’quotedown2

Terence Trent D’Arby

 

From Terence Trent D’Arby Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q Magazine, June 1993.

Note: Originally posted July 31, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Lists His Pleasures At Age 82

LEONARD COHEN Forever . Last picture I took . September 2016 . Los Angeles . Home .

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Morning coffee on the balcony
of this old duplex,
the cat at my feet,
and a couple of biscuits.
Notebook near by.
No one coming over.
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Leonard Cohen

Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) [from original interview transcript in English sent to me by Leonard Cohen]

“Putting your house in order…is one of the most comforting activities, and the benefits of it are incalculable” Leonard Cohen – One Month Before His Death

LEONARD COHEN Forever . Last picture I took . September 2016 . Los Angeles . Home .

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At a certain point, if you still have your marbles and are not faced with serious financial challenges, you have a chance to put your house in order. It’s a cliché, but it’s underestimated as an analgesic on all levels. Putting your house in order, if you can do it, is one of the most comforting activities, and the benefits of it are incalculable.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016). Photo by Dominique Issermann.

“This particular predicament is filled with many fewer distractions than other times in my life and actually enables me to work with a little more concentration and continuity…” Leonard Cohen On Writing At Age 82

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In a certain sense, this particular predicament is filled with many fewer distractions than other times in my life and actually enables me to work with a little more concentration and continuity than when I had duties of making a living, being a husband, being a father. Those distractions are radically diminished at this point. The only thing that mitigates against full production is just the condition of my body.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)

“More than at any time of my life, I no longer have that voice that says, ‘You’re fucking up.’ That’s a tremendous blessing, really.” Leonard Cohen

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I know there’s a spiritual aspect to everybody’s life, whether they want to cop to it or not. It’s there, you can feel it in people—there’s some recognition that there is a reality that they cannot penetrate but which influences their mood and activity. So that’s operating. That activity at certain points of your day or night insists on a certain kind of response. Sometimes it’s just like: ‘You are losing too much weight, Leonard. You’re dying, but you don’t have to cooperate enthusiastically with the process.’ Force yourself to have a sandwich. What I mean to say is that you hear the Bat Kol. [The divine voice] You hear this other deep reality singing to you all the time, and much of the time you can’t decipher it. Even when I was healthy, I was sensitive to the process. At this stage of the game, I hear it saying, ‘Leonard, just get on with the things you have to do.’ It’s very compassionate at this stage. More than at any time of my life, I no longer have that voice that says, ‘You’re fucking up.’ That’s a tremendous blessing, really.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)