“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

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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

Q: [Do you tour] for the sake of sex, drugs, and rock & roll? Leonard Cohen: “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.”

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

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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

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

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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”

“I’d love to write a hit but I don’t think I know how to do it” Leonard Cohen On The Popularity Of His Music (1984)

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I’d love to write a hit but I don’t think I know how to do it. Even Suzanne and Bird On A Wire were never really hits – they were horizontal hits. In concert I have to sing Suzanne, Bird On A Wire, So Long Marianne. People cry out for them. They come to a concert and have been living with your songs for a long time and they want to hear the songs they really like.quotedown2

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From Cohen at 50: On His Songs, His Women And Children by Chris Cobb Ottawa Citizen: April 21, 1984. Photo by Pete Purnell .

Leonard Cohen On His Red Needle Cocktail-Fueled Passion For “Always” As A R&B Song

Leonard Cohen prepares Red Needle on Talkshowet 1992-12-05

I like your cover of “Always” on the new record. You once told me that your ambition was to someday wear a tuxedo, stand over by a grand piano, and sing “As Time Goes By.”

Did I? (laughs) “Always” is in 3/4 tempo, but every time I played it, it turned into this 4/4 R&B song. When we got into the studio, I was dispensing this drink I invented in Needles, California, called the Red Needle, and I felt we should all drink a lot of this before we recorded. It’s composed of tequila and cranberry juice and fresh fruit. It’s very colorful and very potent. The version you hear is the shortest version I could find because usually we played it for the entire length of the tape. We couldn’t stop playing it.

From Sincerely, L. Cohen by Brian Cullman (Details for Men, January, 1993). Originally posted Oct 23, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Also see Video: Leonard Cohen, Poet-Singer-Songwriter-Mixologist, Recreates His Red Needle Drink On TV

“If they would come a little bit drunk, with someone they love …” Leonard Cohen’s Advice To His Concert Audience


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If they would come a little bit drunk, with someone they love, and sit down in the hall and forgive me for my linguistic incapacities. And maybe forgive the hall for it bad acoustics. Perhaps we can lose ourselves in the music and nobody has ask themselves any questions.quotedown2

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From TV3 interview that took place before the May 15, 1993 Leonard Cohen concert at the Palau d’Esports.