For Paris - pic.twitter.com/JoyqGQxwtw— Leonard Cohen Tour (@LeonardOnTour) June 19, 2013
“I’m terrified before giving a concert,” says Canadian poet, songmaker and novelist Leonard Cohen. ”I never know whether I’ll be in a state of grace until I’m actually standing in front of the audience. I don’t use the term ‘state of grace’ sacrilegiously, but simply to mean that I am in tune with the world, able to express and reveal everything to the people who hear me. That’s about sixty percent of the time; the rest can be a disaster. But if I’m really right—and I hate to sound pretentious or make any more of my songs than they are, a minor event in this world—something happens that rivets an audience’s attention… I’d like to show that all of us are the same; if people realized that, I think we’d be able to move on to a more satisfactory world in which to live…”
From “Pop Music Personailities: Leonard Cohen,” Seventeen, 1968.
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Leonard Cohen en novembre 1988.
From “Leonard Cohen,” La Presse.
…So you come to me now in the form of one whom I cannot approach. Taking the cloak of flesh. Sitting at our table. Holding the cup in the morning light. She serves you innocently. You say to me in the midst of my envy: Look at my beauty now. I am perfect still. You cannot touch me. I am as distant from you as I was before.
O love you stayed away from me so long as I scraped the sides of my old vision for remnants of your presence
Now in the form of a veiled girl
now in the rush of my heart
the Iron Guard marching between us
With your sweater and your coffee and your cigarette and your plans for the morning
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Leonard Cohen en décembre 1993.
From “Leonard Cohen,” La Presse.
Leonard Cohen Be For Real RARE and OP 3 track CD Single
Rare and OP CD Single featuring Be for Real, Always, and Hallelujah from Cohen’s 1993 CD The Future. Wonderful self portrait CD Cover of Cohen on a bench!
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I was always interested in music. It seemed to me I always played guitar. I always associated song and singing with some sort of nobility of spirit. The first songs I learnt were of the Workers Movement and I always thought that this was the best way to say the most important things, even though these things, I don’t mean the most ponderous or pompous things, I mean the important things like how you feel about things, how you feel about someone else. I always thought this was the way to do it.
Leonard Cohen in a radio interview with Kathleen Kendall from “Pacifica Interview with Kathleen Kendall,” WBAI Radio, New York City, December 4, 1974.
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Year and photographer unknown.
“If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.” - Leonard Cohen— Cαţ ☽ (@moonchild_cat)
So often retweeted every day. Read the entire poem, “Good Advice for Someone Like Me,” on The Leonard Cohen Files.
Charley Webb in an interview about the first show of the autumn leg of Leonard Cohen’s 2008 World Tour in Bucharest:
The first show back was his 74th birthday. It was a good birthday. We talked the day before, as a band: “What shall we do on Leonard’s birthday?” And we agreed “nothing” was the right response. But people in Bucharest were charming and the show was punctuated with “Happy Birthday to you,” over and over. And then some people came up onstage with some enormous cakes that were heavier than Leonard, which he held for a few minutes, ‘til we rescued him. He always tastes, but he never really indulges in an enormous portion.
From “Hallelujah! Leonard Cohen meets Uncut,” interviews by Brian D Johnson, Michael Bonner, Nick Hasted and John Lewis, Uncut, November 2012 (archived from December 2008).