Manifesting the Experience According to Leonard Cohen
Beetle: How much of your music is imagination and how much of it is taken from real life situations?
Cohen: “I’d say it’s all from real situations. The experience is real but one tries to treat the experience imaginatively.”
Beetle: Do you try to express more than one emotion in a song?
Cohen: “Those are not really the considerations that you have when you’re working. You know you’re trying to manifest an experience. And experience, by its nature, is complex and involves many different kinds of things. So you don’t stop with the idea of one or many. You start with the idea of manifesting an experience.”
Leonard Cohen in an interview with Pat Harbron in Beetle magazine, December 1973.