“Sometimes I can’t stand the sound of my voice. It went through periods.” Leonard Cohen On His Voice

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Sometimes I can’t stand the sound of my voice. It went through periods. The first and second records it sounded right. Then I stopped being able to find the right voice for the songs. The songs were good and the intention was good but the voice wasn’t really up to it. I lost it for a while. When I did Various Positions (1985) it was coming back and when I got to I’m Your Man (1988) I was in full stridequotedown2

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Adrian Deevoy, Porridge? Lozenge? Syringe?, The Q Magazine 1991. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles. Photo by Ted McDonnell.

Descriptions Of Leonard Cohen’s Voice: “That deep, slow, seductive whisper that makes him sound like Barry White for over-educated white folks”

Cohen’s still singing [in the album, The Future] — well, sort of singing — in that deep, slow, seductive whisper that makes him sound like Barry White for over-educated white folks.

Leonard Cohen: Born With The Gift Of A Golden Voice

Leonard Cohen’s distinctive voice has been described so often and so strikingly that I’ve collected these characterizations under their own tag: Leonard Cohen’s Voice

This excerpt is from Where the Past Meets the Future by Chris Dafoe. Toronto Globe & Mail: November 30, 1992. Photo by Ted McDonnell.

“[Leonard Cohen] was in fantastic form, his voice still golden gravel” – Chicago 2009

Both the caption, “[Leonard Cohen] was in fantastic form, his voice still golden gravel,” and the outstanding photo of the Chicago Theatre marquee announcing “An Evening With Leonard Cohen” on May 5, 2009 are the work of natesmobile. Originally posted Feb 11, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“The whole thing is designed to prevent a disaster” Leonard Cohen on arranging songs around his voice (1972)

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The arrangements are built around my voice to give some sort of structure and tonal variation because my voice gets a bit monotonous. In fact the whole thing is designed to prevent a disaster.quotedown2

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From Have You Heard The One About Lenny In The Sandwich Bar? by Andrew Tyler. Disc: September 2, 1972. Originally posted Oct 21, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Descriptions Of Leonard Cohen’s Voice: “Deeper than a Siberian coalmine”

Trim and dapper, Leonard Cohen today has the look of an aging mob lawyer, with a voice once described as “deeper than a Siberian coalmine.”

Leonard Cohen: Born With The Gift Of A Golden Voice

Leonard Cohen’s distinctive voice has been described so often and so strikingly that I’ve collected these characterizations under their own tag: Leonard Cohen’s Voice

This excerpt is from Leonard Cohen: the maestro who’s made the most of his misery by William Langley (Telegraph Jan 22, 2012). Photo by Ted McDonnell. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

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

Leonard Cohen’s Voice: “His sonorous rasp meshes perfectly with the earthy transcendence of his lyrics.”

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Although he’s widened his range in recent years, Cohen’s voice has always been a limited instrument, but his sonorous rasp meshes perfectly with the earthy transcendence of his lyrics.quotedown2


 

Leonard Cohen: Born With The Gift Of A Golden Voice

Leonard Cohen’s distinctive voice has been described so often and so strikingly that I’ve collected these characterizations under their own tag: Leonard Cohen’s Voice

This excerpt is from Icon: Leonard Cohen by Sam Adams (Wondering Sound: June 30, 2009). Photo by Ted McDonnell. Originally posted at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I think if I had one of those good voices, I would have done it completely differently. I probably would have sung the songs I really like rather than be a writer.” Leonard Cohen

From Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988. Photo of Leonard Cohen at 1993 Juno Awards by George Kraychyk. Originally posted April 9, 2009 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric