I’ve always suggested to them in my mild-mannered way that they might stop thinking of me as an intellectual poet, that they [Leonard Cohen’s record label] might take their lead from some of these European countries and think of me as a pop singer. This notion that the common people aren’t up to the complexities or sophistication of my work is completely inaccurate and elitist. Everybody has more or less the same emotional life. The heart is not subject to education, certainly not of the university variety. The heart just cooks and splatters like shish kebob in everybody’s breast.
Leonard Cohen at Home in 1992: Singer-Songwriter on Pop Success, New Love by David Browne (Rolling Stone: November 11, 2016). Photo Credit: Dominique Issermann – Library and Archives Canada.