What the 2008-2010 Tour Meant to Leonard Cohen
"Life on the road for the past three years, with this particular crew and the musicians I worked with, was an experience that went beyond the usual rock n’ roll experience," he said. "I can’t put my finger on it, but I think everybody involved felt a special kinship, one with the other, and a special devotion and dedication to the whole enterprise. And I think we were all nourished by that experience and, to a certain extent, liberated."…
When it was suggested that his recent touring schedule would have proved taxing on musicians in their 20s, Cohen broke into a broad smile and alluded to Kyozan Joshu, his elder master at the Mount Baldy Zen Centre in California, born in 1907. “I’m well trained by my old teacher, who’s 104 now,” he said.
Leonard Cohen speaking at a press conference in Los Angeles as reported in ”A new album and a ‘slightly nervous’ Leonard Cohen” by Bernard Perusse, The Montreal Gazette, January 20, 2012.