Leonard Cohen Presents
Cohen’s responses to the queries at the press conference were, as one would expect, predominantly based on his classical forms.
He opened, for example, with a reflex genuflection to the country of the venue (for the record, Leonard Cohen has also presented his credentials for a special relationship with Canada, Ireland, Spain, and several other countries.). Asked if he had a special relationship with France, Cohen responded
I always believed that the tradition in which I speak, the song was particularly well understood here in France.1
Similarly, he again attributed the remission of his many years of depression to the notion that with old age, one loses a certain kind of brain cells responsible for causing anxiety, he once more explained the difference between clinical depression and ordinary disappointment, and revealed, for the 30th time, his passion for flamenco.
The album is called Old Ideas. These are just eternal themes that I have always been treated and that affect us all. Ordinary, everyday questions, nothing more.2
Probably the most significant new expression from the press conference has to do with the inclusion of blues songs on the album: