It was the way he [Leonard Cohen] wrote about complicated things. It was very intimate and personal. Dylan took you to the far ends of the expanding universe, eight minutes of ‘one hand waving free,’ and I loved that, but it didn’t sound like anything I did or was likely to do—it wasn’t very earthly. Leonard’s songs were a combination of very real details and a sense of mystery, like prayers or spells.
Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016)
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