The Leonard Cohen Post-Financial Loss, Pre-World Tour Interview, 2006 Montreal Norwegian TV Version
Those familiar with Leonard Cohen interviews of this period may notice they have certain elements in common with this 2006 video done for Norwegian TV in Cohen’s Montreal home with reporter, Helle Vaadland. Examples include but are not limited to the following:
- A female interviewer with the obligatory crush on Cohen
- Comments on and explications of: Book Of Longing, the loss of Cohen’s retirement fund, Zen and Mount Baldy, growing old, …
- The anecdote re Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan discussing how long it took Cohen to write “Hallelujah” Vs how long Dylan required to write “I And I”
Of course, while having previously heard these tracks from the Leonard Cohen’s Greatest Interviews album may blunt the novelty of the lyrics, it does not diminish the charm of their delivery.
And, there is some unique material.
Cue The Squirrel
For those viewers who treasure the unique, this is, I believe, the only Leonard Cohen interview in which he is known to introduce a squirrel (seen in the above screenshot exiting stage left behind the smitten interviewer) or, indeed, any rodent.