Leonard Cohen On Seduction, Singers, & The Bee Gees (1984)

I know that some girls like my songs, but a lot more like the Bee Gees. Girls like singers. There are different roles that seduce people and singer is one of them.quotedown2

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From Cohen at 50: On His Songs, His Women And Children by Chris Cobb Ottawa Citizen: April 21, 1984. Originally posted November 16, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Quotes Dylan: “As Dylan says in one of his songs, ‘I know my song well before I start singing’ That’s usually the case because it takes so long to really know it.”

From Lenny Plays It Cool by Bud Scoppa (Music Connection, April 6-19, 1987)

Note: The Dylan song from which Mr Cohen quotes is, of course, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall”

Leonard Cohen-Bob Dylan Interface

All posts about Leonard Cohen’s & Bob Dylan’s opinions of each other, their meetings, and comparisons by others can be found at

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

“I’ve found there’s a certain emptiness to my songs that allows for a lot of interpretations.” Leonard Cohen On Singing His Songs In Different Ways

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When you’re on the road for a long period of time, you tend to sing songs in different ways. You can bring a certain kind of nobility to a depressed lyric, or you can deliver a very affirmative statement like a lamentation. I’ve found there’s a certain emptiness to my songs that allows for a lot of interpretations.quotedown2

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From Conversations from a Room by Tom Chaffin. Canadian Forum: August/September 1983. Photo by Armando Fusco. Originally posted July 28, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen On Touring As A Bullfight, An Italian Wedding, A Motorcycle Gang …


2013 Australian Tour Opens Today

Note: This entry was originally posted Nov 13, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric. The references to the concert at Perth and the Australian Tour were contemporaneous when first published.

Today’s concert in Perth marks the beginning of Leonard Cohen’s last leg of what could well prove to be his final tour. To commemorate this occasion, I’ve collected some of the Canadian singer-songwriter’s thoughts on touring and concert performance.

A Cohen Concert Comment Compendium

The Italian Wedding Tour:

[Touring is] like an Italian wedding. You kind of know the bride and maybe you’ve met the groom once or twice, but you’ve never met anyone else that’s there. And everyone gets too drunk and eats too much. The morning after you don’t remember much about the wedding. As far as I can see this is my last tour. But the will is frail and I may fall back and it might take 10 more tours to finally quit, or this might be it.1

The Leonard Cohen Bullfighting Tour Metaphor:

Tours are like bullfighting. They are a test of character every night.2

The DrHGuy Corollary To The Bullfighting Tour Metaphor:

And you think being on the other side of the cape is easy?

Leonard Cohen’s father, Nathan. confronts bull

More Bullfighting:

It’s that way for matadors and singers. There’s that life-and-death moment with the audience out there and you’re so exposed.3

The Concert As Boxing Ring Or Ouija Board:

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  1. From Famous Last Words From Leonard Cohen by Paul Saltzman. Maclean’s: June, 1972 []
  2. Ladies and Gents, Leonard Cohen by Jack Hafferkamp. Rolling Stone: February 4, 1971 []
  3. Leonard Cohen Is A Poet Who Is Trying To Be Free by Marci McDonald, Toronto Daily Star, April 26, 1969. []

Where do you get inspiration for your work? Leonard Cohen “I do it for the same reason the sparrow sings – even when it doesn’t have a very good voice”

Where do you get inspiration for your work?

Maybe I do it for the same reason the sparrow sings – even when it doesn’t have a very good voice. No one tells the sparrow that it should sing the same way as a nightingale. Some of us are just born this way. I think it’s natural that I write. Whether I have a voice or not, what I do is part of me.quotedown2

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From ”En tunne vanhenevani lainkaan” – Leonard Cohen Soundissa 1976: The 2016 reprint of a June 1976 Leonard Cohen interview by Dougie Gordon. (Soundi: Nov 11, 2016) Via computer translation.

Leonard Cohen Attributes Refinement In His Music To Self-Confidence & Gain In Self-Confidence To Bob Johnston

I used to be petrified with the idea of going on the road and presenting my work. I often felt that the risks of humiliation were too wide. But with the help of my last producer, Bob Johnston, I gained the self-confidence I felt was necessary. My music now is much more highly refined. When you are again in touch with yourself and you feel a certain sense of health, you feel somehow that the prison bars are lifted, and you start hearing new possibilities in your workquotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen: Cohen’s New Skin by Harvey Kubernik. Melody Maker: 1 March 1975. Accessed at We Are Cult Originally posted December 19, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Audience, while Leonard Cohen tunes guitar: “Good enough for folk music” Leonard: “Yeah, but not good enough for eternity” (1976)

With his back to just over a hundred fans who filled Nashville’s Exit-In, Leonard paused for the third time to tune his guitar. A drunken voice blurted from the darkness, ‘Good enough for folk music!’ A few patrons chuckled. Leonard made a final adjustment, then casually turned to respond, ‘Yeah, but not good enough for eternity.’ He smiled his sardonic best and the adoring crowd filled the small room with laughter. Leonard was back, and we lucky few were there with him.quotedown2


From Leonard Lately – A Leonard Cohen interview-article by Bill Conrad.  Posted May 7, 2012 at No Depression. Note: Although not published until 2012, the article is based on an interview that took place in autumn 1976. Originally posted June 16, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric