“In a certain way Ten New Songs is an answer to The Future.” Leonard Cohen

When I heard your album “The Future” I felt certain that this would be your final work. It seemed to me that there was nothing much left to say. Did this occur to you, and if so, what inspired you to release another album?

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Online Web Chat October 16, 2001.

“Much of [The Future] was occasioned by the collapse of the Berlin Wall, because even though it is impossible not to rejoice with those who are rejoicing, I alone among my friends produced a gloomy prediction.” Leonard Cohen

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Much of this record [The Future] was occasioned by the collapse of the Berlin Wall, because even though it is impossible not to rejoice with those who are rejoicing, I alone among my friends produced a gloomy prediction. People were saying democracy is coming to the East – fat chance! If it’s coming anywhere, it’s coming to the United States. I had 50 verses for that song ‘Democracy:’ one of them went: ‘It ain’t coming to us European style, concentration camp behind the smile. / It ain’t coming from the East with its temporary feast. / Count Dracula comes strolling down the aisle.’quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen…What’s Your Problem? Doom and Gloom by Patrick Humphries (Vox: February, 1993),

Leonard Cohen On Tattoos – I Have Seen The Future, Baby: It Is Stick-On And Temporary

Once again, Dominique BOILE has contributed a unique specimen of Leonard Cohen memorabilia: 60 x 50 millimeter stick-on temporary tattoos of the cover art from Leonard Cohen’s The Future album (Dominique  has three sets in his collection).  What could be a better symbol of Leonard Cohen’s apocalyptic vision of the future than a temporary tattoo?

Originally posted Oct 14, 2011 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“That’s my theme: It’s a mess – thank God.” Leonard Cohen

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One idea on [The Future] is that the human predicament has no solution. We were tossed out of the garden; this isn’t paradise. And to look for perfect solutions is a very difficult burden to bear. That’s my theme: It’s a mess – thank God.quotedown2

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From 7 Reasons Leonard Cohen Is the Next-Best Thing to God by David Browne. Entertainment Weekly, Jan 8, 1993.

“When you have those moments where you inform yourself of something that wasn’t immediately apparent, that’s when it becomes interesting.” Leonard Cohen On Songwriting

In many ways, [your 1992 album] The Future picked up on what was in the air and became almost prophetic.

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I think that sensibility is nothing you can summon, but it really arises if you keep uncovering the song and trying to get beneath the slogan – either the emotional slogan or the political slogan. So much of the work that I hear, there’s nothing wrong with it, but much of it has the feel of a slogan or an agenda that’s already been written. It’s a perfectly good slogan, and there are interesting variations on it. But if you’re interested in forming yourself through your work, which I think is more interesting, then you have to keep uncovering and discarding those slogans until you get something. When you have those moments where you inform yourself of something that wasn’t immediately apparent, that’s when it becomes interesting.quotedown2

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From Everyone Loves You When You’re Dead (and other things I learned from famous people) by Neil Strauss (The Truth About Lies: July 9, 2011)

Leonard Cohen Dedicates The Future Album To Rebecca De Mornay With Verses From Genesis

Leonard Cohen dedicates The Future to Rebecca De Mornay, who is also credited as a producer of the album:

And before I had done speaking in mine heart, behold, Rebecca came forth with her pitcher on her shoulder; and she went down unto the well, and drew water; and I said unto her, Let me drink, I pray thee. And she made haste, and let down her pitcher from her shoulder, and said, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: so I drank, and she made the camels drink also.

Genesis 24:45-46 (KJV)

Blowup of left upper corner of liner notes

Leonard Cohen’s The Future On MiniDisc 1992

Leonard Cohen’s music, increasingly relevant to our time, has been stored on and delivered by several once-modern media technologies no longer in common use. The popularity of recent posts on Leonard Cohen albums in Reel-To-Reel format1 have prompted a consideration of other obsolete media formats.

Note: For the record (chortle), my personal favorite obsolete media for Leonard’s songs is the flexi-disc: The Leonard Cohen Flexi-Disc: It’s A Record, It’s A Postcard, It’s Two Obsolete Technologies In One

Today, for example, Dominique BOILE offers these images of the “Leonard Cohen’s The Future” Album On MiniDisc. (Not sure what a MiniDisc is? See MiniDisc:1992-2013)

Five Cohen albums were issued on MiniDisc:

  1. Leonard Cohen’s Greatest Hits (also issued as Best Of Leonard Cohen)
  2. I’m Your Man
  3. Cohen Live
  4. The Future
  5. More Best Of Leonard Cohen

As these Leonard Cohen MiniDisc albums are posted, they will be available at MiniDisc

Note: Originally posted May 11, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

  1. See Leonard Cohen Songs Of Love And Hate On Reel To Reel – Really and Leonard Cohen Songs From A Room On Reel To Reel – Really []