“There are times when you want to show the flag, when you want to indicate that there is nourishment to be had from this culture” Leonard Cohen Explains Why He Chose Shaar Hashomayim Choir To Sing On You Want It Darker

We can hear the voices of the choir of the Shaar Hashomayim Synagogue of Montreal, why did you choose them?

 

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Even as a boy I loved their singing. It is what made compulsory synagogue attendance enjoyable. I’ve wanted to work with the cantor and the choir for a long time. The touring years interrupted this intention. On a secondary but still urgent note, there are times when you want to show the flag, when you want to indicate that there is nourishment to be had from this culture, that it is not entirely irrelevant to the present situation, that it does not serve a nation’s best interests to reject and despise it. This is more important in some countries than in others.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From the original questionnaire (in English) for Le Dernier Empereur by J.D. Beauvallet and Pierre Siankowski (Les Inrocks: Oct 19, 2016) forwarded to me on Oct 16, 2016 by Leonard Cohen.

 

I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Oct 20, 2016.

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