“There’s nothing like singing for people… [It’s a] a wonderful opportunity to explore the song itself” Leonard Cohen

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There’s nothing like singing for people. Having that moment before the people, it changes the song, the delivery, and to accommodate the song to the moment is a wonderful opportunity to explore the song itself.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Comment made at the Sept 10, 2014 Popular Problems Preview In Los Angeles. From Leonard Cohen on the Inner Workings of His New Album ‘Popular Problems’ by Todd Aaron Jensen. Bio: Dec 1, 2014.

Note: Originally posted at Dec 1, 2014 DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I’ve always been there serving the nameless, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t have a voice.” Leonard Cohen (1980)


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What we used to call the artist is becoming obsolete, and for some people I symbolize that. They feel my loyalty has not been compromised. I’ve always been there serving the nameless, and it doesn’t matter if I don’t have a voice.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From The Face May Not Be Familiar, but the Name Should Be: It’s Composer and Cult Hero Leonard Cohen by Pamela Andriotakis & Richard Oulahan. People: January 14, 1980. Photo by Armando Fusco (flickr name Rhymin’ Simon). Originally posted Nov 15, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen, On Being Asked If He Toured “For The Sake Of Sex, Drugs, And Rock & Roll?”

Q: [Do you tour] for the sake of sex, drugs, and rock & roll?

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Sex? No, too dangerous. Drugs? I wouldn’t go near them. Music is good. But as they say in rock and roll, they don’t pay you to sing, they pay you to travel.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen interviewed by Hans Pfitzinger in Paris, 1988. Photo from Webb Sisters Facebook Page. Originally posted Nov 9, 2014 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

Leonard Cohen

 

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

Leonard Cohen Quotes Kabbalah To Explain Misgivings About Performance To Audience At 1972 Jerusalem Concert

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Unless Adam and Eve face each other, God does not sit on his throne. Somehow, the male and female parts of me refuse to encounter one another tonight, and God does not sit on his throne. This is a terrible thing to happen in Jerusalem.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

Note: Originally posted Apr 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“Every man should try to become an elder” Leonard Cohen’s Aspiration As A Singer-Songwriter

From Rolling Stone: Leonard Cohen by Larry Sloman, The Sunday Citizen: May 25, 1975.

More about this theme that endured throughout Leonard Cohen’s career as a singer-songwriter can be found at Leonard Cohen Lays Out His Mission In 1974: “To Become An Elder”