Leonard Cohen, On Being Asked If His Songs Reflect World Conflicts: “I’ve tried over the years to find a political position that no one can actually decipher.”

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There seems to be within [Popular Problems] recurrent mentions of the military and war and battles. I was wondering if that reflected a current preoccupation with conflicts that are taking place at the moment?

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Of course it reflects the world that we live in. It was not deliberate but one picks up these things from the atmosphere… I’ve tried over the years to find a political position that no one can actually decipher.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Leonard Cohen: ‘I’m a closet optimist’ [a report on the Sept 16, 2014 London Press Preview Of Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems] by Andy Morris. Gigwise, Sept 16, 2014. Photo atop this post shared by High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom Facebook page

Q (At 2014 Popular Problems Press Preview): Do you feel like an institution? Leonard Cohen: “Sometimes I feel like an institution. Kinda like a mental hospital”

From Leonard Cohen: ‘I’m a closet optimist’ [a report on the Sept 16, 2014 London Press Preview Of Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems] by Andy Morris. Gigwise, Sept 16, 2014. Photo by Bill Birtch,

Woman In 2012 Boston Audience “I love you, Leonard!” Leonard Cohen “Please leave your name with the usher” – Yep, He Was Still Into That

Photo by Tom.Leyden. Originally posted Dec 18, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“For a long time it was commonly understood that I only knew three chords when I knew five. So I felt, yes, neglected.” Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen: Pondering His Past and ‘The Future’ by Scott Crawford (Intermission, Stanford Daily: April 8, 1993). Photo by Mandy MacLeod. Originally posted Oct 17, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Let’s kill him” Leonard Cohen Plots With Anjani To Murder Interviewer

Interviewer: I would like to read you a quotation I read in a Leonard Cohen biography. A longtime girlfriend of his said, “He really loves the women. When one is with Leonard, one recognizes in itself the true power of one’s own femininity.” What do you think of it?

Anjani: Hm, I have to think about that.

Cohen: We do not like to think about it! Do you have any simpler questions? (He gets up and goes to the fireplace.)

Anjani: I hope that every man will discover his inner strength as he grows older. (Cohen swings a large wooden log.)

Cohen: Let’s kill him! (Both laugh.)

Anjani: I’m getting older and Leonard is fortunately …

Cohen: … soon dead …

Anjani: … the beneficiary of this process. And at the same time, he always encourages me to continue my journey. (Cohen sits down again.)

 

From Mit Gedächtnisschwund kommt man schon sehr weit by Von Johannes Wächter. Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin: Issue 17: 2007, an interview with Leonard Cohen & Anjani Thomas about their connection. Quote via Google Translate. Photo by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted April 24, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric