“You have to dig down for that true voice, which you’ve heard in others — a Billie Holiday or a Hank Williams — and you try to find it in your music. ” Leonard Cohen

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You have to dig down for that true voice, which you’ve heard in others — a Billie Holiday or a Hank Williams — and you try to find it in your music. It’s a way of proving you deserve to be here … You deserve to get a girl or deserve to walk out on the street. ” quotedown2

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From “Robert Hilburn Interviews Leonard Cohen” by Robert Hilburn (Los Angeles Times, September 24, 1995)

Note: Originally posted July 31, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen explains why “a therapist should be an entertainer”

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I have a lot of admiration for the professional point of view. I think a therapist should be an entertainer. Whatever you are you should be an entertainer first. If you’re going to present yourself to people they have to be entertained. Their imagination has to be engaged and they have to enter into the vortex of imagination and relaxation and suspense that is involved in entertainment.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen Interview: September 15, 1974 by Robin Pike (ZigZag, Oct 1974). Originally posted Apr 28, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

Leonard Cohen: “I like singing in the United States because …”

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I like singing in the United States because my language comes out of this language and people can follow the real meaning of the songs. I use the cadences and rhythms of the American language.quotedown2

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From Stolen Moments: Leonard Cohen by Tom Schnabel. Acrobat Books, 1988.

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

Leonard Cohen On His Motivation: “I do what I do because …”

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I don’t consider myself a great singer. I just play the guitar and interpret my lyrics. I do what I do because I have a need to do it, to express what I know, and to show people what I do.quotedown2

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1974 Interview with Leonard Cohen by Jordi Sierra I Fabra. Published in Leonard Cohen by Alberto Manzano (1978). Photo of Leonard Cohen performing in 1974 by Bernd Morlock. Originally posted Nov 21, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on “that curious thing that we call ‘experience’ that you hear in the voice of Fats Domino, that you hear in the voice of Aretha Franklin”

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You just want to indicate that curious thing that we call ‘experience’ that you hear in the voice of Fats Domino, that you hear in the voice of Aretha Franklin. It’s something in the voice itself. It indicates that the person has been through a life, that they have lived their life on the front line. And that’s the sound we like — I like — to hear in a singer, and it includes a lot more than irony. It includes optimism. It includes despair. It includes regret. It includes so many things that you forget about all of them, and you just know that you’re listening to a voice — a voice of experience.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen’s Voice Of Experience on Listen Now at NPR: April 09, 1988. Photo of Fats Domino by Roland Godefroy; cropped by Erik Baas – Own work (photo personnelle), CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia Commons. Photo of Aretha Franklin bu Ryan Arrowsmith – Flickr, CC BY 2.5, via Wikipedia Commons

Leonard Cohen On “I sing serious songs …”

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There are those who sing commercially who sing laughing, who prance around and make a show, because this is their job. I sing serious songs, and I’m serious onstage because I couldn’t do it any other way. I think that a bullfighter doesn’t enter the ring laughing, rather, he enters thinking that he is betting his life against the bull.quotedown2

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Interview by Jordi Sierra Fabra (Barcelona, Spain 1974) from “Leonard Cohen” by Alberto Manzano (1978).

Note: Originally posted April 27, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I want to present good music, out of respect for the people who are buying their tickets and out of respect for myself” Leonard Cohen

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From 1974 Interview with Leonard Cohen by Jordi Sierra I Fabra. Published in Leonard Cohen by Alberto Manzano (1978). Photo of Leonard Cohen by Pete Purnell. Originally posted Nov 22, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric