Leonard Cohen Explains Why There Are Two Limos In Chelsea Hotel #2

Why are there two limos [in Chelsea Hotel #2]?

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One for each of us. We’re both waiting to leave. We’re both killing time or something.quotedown2

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From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).

Leonard Cohen Differentiates Songwriting And Torture

Question: In song-writing, the idea of longing, of being in search of an answer, of questing for some unquestionable truth, is often, I think, seen as signifying a state of frustration and unhappiness, and even delusion – which maddens me. The potter and the sculptor shape, hone, rework – and these habits and routines are rarely likened to serving a sentence, or being forced endlessly to stare into the same abyss. Rather, the pursuit seems noble, stoical, and capable of producing a state of serenity. Do you accept that the song-writer is, of all artists, the most likely to be labelled ‘Tortured’?

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As I write this, there are human beings being tortured. Let us not trivialize the unspeakable horror by adding songwriting to the category.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From the Dan Cairns – Sunday Times Culture questionnaire Leonard Cohen sent me Oct 17, 2016. While portions of that questionnaire were incorporated into Leonard Cohen: Hey, that’s some way to say goodbye by Dan Cairns (The Sunday Times: October 23 2016); this specific response was not used in the final article.

Leonard Cohen Lists Possible Responses To “For You’ve Touched Her Perfect Body With Your Mind:” “You say ‘Yeah, that’s the way it is,’ or you puke.”

Perhaps your most famous line is, “For you’ve touched her perfect body with your mind” from “Suzanne.” Is it special to you?

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People have quoted that a lot. It’s one of those lines where you either say, ‘Yeah, that’s the way it is,’ or you puke.quotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).

“[Songwriting] comes down to nudging the guy next to you and saying, ‘That’s the way, isn’t it?’” Leonard Cohen

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How did I ever get into this racket? I dunno! What am I exactly doing in it? I don’t know. I haven’t got a clue. I think it just comes down to nudging the guy next to you and saying, ‘That’s the way, isn’t it?’ They can either agree or not agree. One is continually trying to affirm something with the man in the next seat. quotedown2

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From Having Lunch With Leonard Cohen by Jon Wilde, Sabotage Times. Dec 3, 2015 (the quote itself is taken from a 1988 interview).  Photo “Leonard Cohen, 1988 01” by GorupdebesanezOwn work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons. Originally posted Feb 5, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

“I think this particular record invites one to be swept along with it, even if you happen to have written it yourself.” Leonard Cohen Old Ideas Album Released Jan 31, 2012

The Old Ideas album was released Jan 31, 2012, more than seven years after Leonard Cohen’s previous studio album. It was enthusiastically received by critics (see Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas Hits “Best Album Of 2012” Lists) and by music lovers, whose purchases made Old Ideas #1 on the charts across the world (see Leonard Cohen’s Old Ideas Hits The Charts – And Why That Matters (Maybe))

Old Ideas Billboard – Times Square NYC

Leonard Cohen – Show Me The Place

The first Old Ideas track pre-released was Show Me The Place.

Titular quote is from The Wisdom Of Leonard Cohen by Kevin Perry. GQ: Jan 19, 2012. Billboard photo by Kezban Özcan. Originally posted Aug 7, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric

Leonard Cohen, On Being Asked Why He Used Shaar Hashomayim Choir On You Want It Darker – The Long Question & The Short Answer

In one sense, the sound of the Shaar Hashomayim choir on the record is that, a turning the corner: picking up a thread stretching back to your childhood. I wonder why human beings spend so much energy fighting the links and chains and threads, and instead constantly quest for renewal, change, answers. We live, and we die. The links and chains and threads are life, and they are not rendered any less precious or meaningful by death. Were you consciously aware of the pull of the past when you thought of using the choir? Or did it simply suggest itself?

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It was just an answer to the needs of the songquotedown2

Leonard Cohen

 

Note: Leonard Cohen was asked why he chose the choir of the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue of Montreal for the You Want It Darker recording in another interview. Read his more thorough answer here.

From the Dan Cairns – Sunday Times Culture questionnaire Leonard Cohen sent me Oct 17, 2016. While portions of that questionnaire were incorporated into Leonard Cohen: Hey, that’s some way to say goodbye by Dan Cairns (The Sunday Times: October 23 2016), this specific response was not used.