“The background from which I come doesn’t let family slide no matter how flipped out you are.” Leonard Cohen

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I came from a tradition in which family is very important, and I try to be the best father I can. It wasn’t merely a philosophical choice that I go to work every day: I had to make a buck over the years. The background from which I come doesn’t let family slide no matter how flipped out you are.quotedown2

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Photo: From left – Adam Cohen, his mother Suzanne Elrod, his father Leonard Cohen & Leonard’s mother Masha Cohen (Montreal 1972) . Posted Feb 13, 2014 by Adam Cohen at Leonard Cohen Facebook page

Quotation from Maverick Spirit: Leonard Cohen by Jim O’Brien. B-Side Magazine: August/September 1993. Originally posted Dec 30, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Q: Could you give up everything for beauty? Leonard Cohen “I don’t think these things are decisions one makes”

[Interviewer:] Like in “Came So Far For Beauty,” you seem, at times, to be completely under the spell of beauty, almost submissive to it. Could you give up everything for beauty?

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I don’t think these things are decisions one makes. If you have the kind of nature where you are ready to go the whole way, then you’re stuck with that kind of nature and you just go the whole way.quotedown2

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From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabatoge Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview). Originally posted December 7, 2011 at 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

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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

“The real truth about my visions is that I don’t have any special secret.” Leonard Cohen

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[Interviewer:] I wondered if he [Leonard Cohen] was feeling as healthy as he seemed.

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I’m just reeling, man. I’m just reeling. Sometimes in the midst of the thing I don’t know how I do it, you know. Like I manage to get my daily life together to get this tour together. But most of the time I’m staggering under the blows. It’s no doubt that I contrive these blows for myself. I think everyone is responsible for their own condition. But I don’t intend to stay here, you know; I’ve run through a lot of programs to get myself out of here and this is one that I’m ending because it didn’t work. And it’s not a question of putting myself down. It’s a question of being as accurate as possible. You know, that’s why I wouldn’t like to intrude on anybody’s life by trying to advise them. I mean the real truth about my visions is that I don’t have any special secret. I said it in a song. ‘Please understand I never had a secret chart to get me to the heart of this or any other matter.’quotedown2

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Note: The line referenced by Leonard Cohen is, of course, from The Stranger Song

From Famous last words from Leonard Cohen by Paul Saltzman (Macleans: June 10, 1972)

Leonard Cohen’s Formula For Choosing Car Radio Stations

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Driving over 60, I like to listen to country-western or pop music. Between 40 & 60, I like classical music. Then, in city traffic, like under 30, I like to listen to talk shows.quotedown2

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Leonard Cohen Press Conference, Reykjavik, 1988. Originally posted Oct 31, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric