“The dismal situation & the future, there’s no excuse for an abdication of your own personal responsibilities towards yourself & your job & your love.” Leonard Cohen

That is the background of the whole record [The Future]. If you had to come up with a philosophical ground, that is it. Ring the bells that still can ring. It’s no excuse. The dismal situation and the future, there’s no excuse for an abdication of your own personal responsibilities towards your self and your job and your love. Ring the bells that still can ring. They are few and far between. You can find ’em. Forget your perfect offering. That is the hang-up. That you’re going to work this thing out. Because we confuse this idea, we’ve forgotten the central myth of our culture which is the expulsion from the Garden of Eden. This situation does not admit of solution, of perfection. This is not the place where you make things perfect. Neither your marriage nor your work nor anything. Nor your love of G-d nor your love of family or country. The thing is imperfect, and, worse: There is a crack in everything that you can put together — physical objects, mental objects, constructions of any kind. But, that’s where the light gets in; and, that’s where the resurrection is; and, that’s where the return — that’s where the repentance is. It is with the confrontation with the broken-ness of the thing.quotedown2

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From Leonard Cohen’s The Future Interview by Bob Mackowitz (a radio special produced by Interviews Unlimited for Sony Music, 1992).

Note: Originally posted April 5, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Good Enough Video: Leonard Cohen Performs Hallelujah – Munich 1993


I did not come all this way to the city of Munich just to fool you

This audience recording of the 1993 Leonard Cohen Munich Concert is not pristine. The camera is a bit shaky and not quite in focus. And the sound is imperfect. Nonetheless, the vitality of the performance and the enthusiasm of the audience is readily apparent. This is, in short, a Good Enough Video.1

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  1. The Good Enough Video is a notion that I, of course, derived from Donald Winicott’s Good Enough Mother. Just as Winicott used Good Enough Mother to indicate “the ordinary and devoted mother who provides an adequate and good enough environment for the growth of the infant’s ego to be able to express its true self,” (Source: Psychological Dictionary) I employ Good Enough Video to describe videos that are less than immaculate but are of sufficient caliber to convey the quality of the performance to the viewer. []

Exceptional Video: Portrait Of Leonard Cohen – 1992 Interview On Songwriting

infThis entertaining and informative Leonard Cohen interview (commentary & subtitles in French. Cohen’s responses in English) takes place following the completion of his The Future album and includes portions of his songs as well as video clips of Cohen driving, working in his home studio, preparing food and drink in his kitchen, and singing an alternative version of Anthem while accompanying himself on keyboard. While the discussion touches on a number of topics, the focus is on Cohen’s songwriting, especially the multiple revisions each song undergoes before being pronounced ready for release.

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Note: Originally posted Sept 15, 2013 at 1HeckOfAGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen Album Logos: Hummingbird, Heart, & Handcuffs On Special Recording Issues

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Go Figure – Special Numbering System For The Spanish (Somewhat) Limited Edition Of Leonard Cohen’s The Future

Unsurprisingly, the hummingbird, heart, & handcuffs logo shows up on the cover of the Spanish (Somewhat) Limited Edition Of Leonard Cohen’s The Future displayed above. More surprising is the numbering. Dominique BOILE writes:

This CD is quite strange. According to the LeonardCohenFiles, it is part of a “limited edition of 100 numbered copies.” Francisco Javier Lopez Sanchez notes on eBay that “only 300 copies are pressing.” Of those, I own numbers 51 and 52 – and numbers 372, 742, and 756.

Note: Originally posted October 16, 2012 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

The Future Promotional Single (Radio Edit)

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