Listening (lately) to Leonard Cohen's albums "I'm Your Man" and "The Future," songs like "Everybody Knows," "Tower of Love," "Ain't No Cure for Love," and it's almost an addiction. True, I skip past "Jazz Police" and "First We Take Manhattan," which, to my mind, are somehow "off," they just don't work. But most of the others, after 100 or more listenings, I'm ready to play 'em again... even when I can't follow what Cohen is saying, there's something else, the voice? the music? the 40 or so years I've been listening to Cohen? The fact I spent an afternoon interviewing him, seeing him in Montreal on a street called Suzanne? and then hours and hours more going over the material for the (CBC) radio show?
I like what he says about the coming together of the spiritual and the practical: "I don't think there is any other consideration but practical. I've never been able to disassociate the spiritual from the practical. I think that what we call the spirit or spirituality is the most intense form of the practical." Truth is, I'm reading that sentence online in someone else's article and thinking, hmm, that's what he said in my 1984 CBC interview.
So the songs, like what he says, "I know I have to go on a tour or nobody will know about the record, and if nobody knows about the record, it defeats the idea of the song moving from lip to lip, and it also makes it impossible for me to support my family." Also quoted from my 1984 interview... so the interview like the song(s) themselves move, as Cohen says, "lip to lip." In this instance, from CBC Radio to Montreal Gazette. And, no, I don't think he's repeating himself.
[link to transcript of Leonard Cohen interview: http://www.redroom.com/author/robert-sward. ] ]
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