Is This What You Wanted: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen: Photos

Introduction: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen

The paradoxical popularity of Things Cohenites Don’t Like About Leonard Cohen has prompted a consideration of a decade of writing about Leonard on my own sites and turns posting on LeonardCohenForum, Facebook fan groups, YouTube, and the official Leonard Cohen Facebook page, to determine1 which aspects of Leonard Cohen’s life and work are most favored by fans.

Note: For the purpose of this series, I’ve eliminated what could be described as “breaking news,” e.g., announcements about album releases, tours, books, etc.

#1 Photos Of Leonard Cohen

Yep, the most popular category of Leonard Cohen posts are photos of him. (And, yes, “Photos,” “Spiritual Themes,” and “The Women In His Life” aren’t parallel categories, but that’s how the stats play out.) Moreover, it’s not performance photos that draw the most views; it’s the candid and posed photos. While adding photos to Leonard Cohen quotations routinely doubles or triples the number of hits, isolated photos without dates, locations, names of photographers, or attribution also do well. Fifteen of the most popular photos posted to Cohencentric follow.

Photo by Penny Showalter: Leonard Cohen & DrHGuy – Hanging In The Hood

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Photo by Errol and Henriette Manners: Rediscovered Photo: Leonard Cohen on Hydra – 1971

 

Photo by Lorca Cohen: Two Photos: Leonard Cohen – Not Just A Worker In Song

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Photo by Guido Harari: Guido Harari’s Photos Of Leonard Cohen Napping & Praying – Milan 1992

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  1. “Determine” connotes observations on my part that lack rigid, scientific statistical verification but which I am am convinced – and on which I would wager significant sums of cash – are accurate []

Is This What You Wanted: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen: The Women In His Life

Introduction: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen

The paradoxical popularity of Things Cohenites Don’t Like About Leonard Cohen has prompted a consideration of a decade of writing about Leonard on my own sites and turns posting on LeonardCohenForum, Facebook fan groups, YouTube, and the official Leonard Cohen Facebook page, to determine1 which aspects of Leonard Cohen’s life and work are most favored by fans.

Note: For the purpose of this series, I’ve eliminated what could be described as “breaking news,” e.g., announcements about album releases, tours, books, etc.

#2 The Women In Leonard Cohen’s Life

Leonard Cohen’s romantic relationships with women comprise the second most popular category of posts, whether the content consists of Leonard’s words about the connection with a woman, the woman’s observations about Leonard, collaborations, photos…

Below are a handful of representative posts in this category:

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  1. “Determine” connotes observations on my part that lack rigid, scientific statistical verification but which I am am convinced – and on which I would wager significant sums of cash – are accurate []

Is This What You Wanted: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen – Spiritual Themes

Introduction: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen

The paradoxical popularity of Things Cohenites Don’t Like About Leonard Cohen has prompted a consideration of a decade of writing about Leonard on my own sites and turns posting on LeonardCohenForum, Facebook fan groups, YouTube, and the official Leonard Cohen Facebook page, to determine1 which aspects of Leonard Cohen’s life and work are most favored by fans.

Note: For the purpose of this series, I’ve eliminated what could be described as “breaking news,” e.g., announcements about album releases, tours, books, etc.

#3 Leonard Cohen On Spirituality

The third most popular category of posts among Leonard Cohen fans is his take on matters spiritual. In this case, “spirituality” extends to Leonard’s thoughts on and musical and poetical allusions to Christianity (especially Catholicism), Zen Buddhism, Judaism, Hindu philosophy, Hare Krishna…2 It’s notable that Leonard refuted the notion of himself as religious:

I’ve never thought of myself as a religious person. I don’t have any spiritual strategy. I kind of limp along like so many of us do in these realms. Occasionally I’ve felt the grace of another presence in my life.3

In fact, the demand for this species persists in spite of Leonard’s protestations that

I am not an expert on either sex nor spirituality.4

Below are a handful of representative Leonard Cohen quotations in this category that have proved especially popular:

The ideas in Zen, I’m not sure what they are, because I’ve only known one old man [Roshi]. I don’t know how authentically he represents his tradition. I just know that he’s provided a space for me to kind of dance with the Lord, that I couldn’t find in a lot of the other places I went to.5

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  1. “Determine” connotes observations on my part that lack rigid, scientific statistical verification but which I am am convinced – and on which I would wager significant sums of cash – are accurate []
  2. I participated in all these investigations that engaged the imagination of my generation at that time. I even danced and sang with the Hare Krishnas—no robe, I didn’t join them, but I was trying everything. From Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016) []
  3. From Leonard Cohen Corrects Himself: ‘I Intend to Stick Around Until 120’ by Chris Willman (Billboard: Oct 14, 2016) []
  4. Je Ne Suis Qu’un Poete Mineur [I’m Just A Minor Poet] by Gilles Medioni, L’Express (France): October 4, 2001 [via Google Translate] Found at Leonard Cohen French Web Site. []
  5. “I Am The Little Jew Who Wrote The Bible” — A Conversation Between Leonard Cohen And Arthur Kurzweil held November 23, 1993. Accessed at LeonardCohenFiles. []

Is This What You Wanted: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen

Introduction: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen

The paradoxical popularity of Things Cohenites Don’t Like About Leonard Cohen has prompted a consideration of a decade of writing about Leonard on my own sites and turns posting on LeonardCohenForum, Facebook fan groups, YouTube, and the official Leonard Cohen Facebook page, to determine1 which aspects of Leonard Cohen’s life and work are most favored by fans.

Note: For the purpose of this series, I’ve eliminated what could be described as “breaking news,” e.g., announcements about album releases, tours, books, etc.

Surprise: Leonard Cohen’s Music & Writing Are Laggards In Popularity

Perhaps most striking is the counterintuitive discovery that audio and video recordings of Leonard Cohen’s songs and poetry, while popular on YouTube and other video sites, don’t rank in the top five on other platforms (such as Facebook and blogs) except when posted for the first time (e.g., Listen To Special Pre-Release Broadcast Of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker Album) or contemporaneously (e.g., First Performance Of “Feels So Good” By Leonard Cohen – Chicago 2009).

The Big Three

Three Leonard Cohen topics/themes have proved overwhelmingly popular with readers. These issues will be featured in the next Is This What You Wanted: Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen posts.

Update: More Things Cohenites Like Most About Leonard Cohen

All posts in this series are collected at

Credit Due Department: Photo of Leonard Cohen’s final bow at the Dec 12, 2010 Las Vegas show atop this post taken by J.S. Carenza III.

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  1. “Determine” connotes observations on my part that lack rigid, scientific statistical verification but which I am am convinced – and on which I would wager significant sums of cash – are accurate []