“Tower Of Song is one of the three or four real songs I’ve ever written” Leonard Cohen
This Leonard Cohen interview, given in support of his I’m Your Man album, includes a discussion of specific tracks from the album, the significance of “experience” in the voice of the singer, poetry Vs songs, poetry as a verdict not a vocation, and the importance of interpreting “a song as a song” (at 5:26). Leonard also credits Federico García Lorca’s poetry with providing him “one of my stories” and “maybe 44%, 46%” of his songs.
Leonard Cohen’s Voice Of Experience on Listen Now at NPR: April 09, 1988
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