Leonard Cohen On The Value Of Ritual As A “Peaceful Moment”


It’s nice to have any peaceful moment, a moment that there is a form where you can relax in, and you don’t have to improvise in, because usually when you live a life without a ritual form, you will have to continue to have to improvise, and I’m not so good at it. I find it very difficult to improvise continuously. So I’m very grateful when the kids and my friends come Friday night, and I know what the form is, what the form of the meal is going to be, and what the tone is going to be, so for that reason it’s very relaxing. quotedown2

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Leonard Looks Back On The Past (unedited interview for Norwegian Radio) by Kari Hesthamar, Los Angeles, 2005. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles. Credit Due Department: Photo by Anjani Thomas.

“They just have an appetite for experience and that’s what a writer is supposed to do, clarify experience.” Leonard Cohen On His Appeal To Young People

Interviewer: Why do you think you appeal to people in that age group [early 20s]?

I think I’m maybe the oldest living teenager, maybe that’s part of it. I think younger people are interested in information in a way that older people are not. Older people often don’t want to hear anything new or anything upsetting. Whereas, young people are very hungry for that kind of intelligence. [Interviewer: They don’t mind upsetting the equilibrium.] No, they prefer to. They just have an appetite for experience and that’s what a writer is supposed to do, clarify experience.quotedown2

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From the transcript of a radio program broadcast in Sydney, Australia by ABC in March 1980. Photo of Leonard Cohen performing in 1980 taken by Pete Purnell.

“That’s my AIDS test result. Negative. It’s good to carry that around. ‘Hi, I’m Leonard, here’s my card!’ It’s like being let out of prison, getting one of those.” Leonard Cohen

In this example of Leonard Cohen’s propensity to use the language of captivity (in this case, “prison”), he identifies the AIDS results card he carried in his travel bag for interviewer. Posts dealing with this theme are collected at .

From Hallelujah For Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde (Posted at Sabatoge Times 22 March 2011 although the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview.) Originally posted Apr 13, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen on His Depression: Cyclicity, Neurotransmitters, Why Encouragement Doesn’t Help …

From An Interview With Leonard Cohen by Rob O’Connor (Downtown, Feb 12, 1992). This article was contributed by Dominique BOILE. Originally posted Aug 6, 2012 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

More About Leonard Cohen’s Depression

All posts dealing with Leonard Cohen’s depression are collected . A summary can be read at Leonard Cohen’s Depression, Its (Failed) Medical Treatment, & Its Resolution

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