“Leonard’s songs were a combination of very real details and a sense of mystery, like prayers or spells.” Suzanne Vega Compares Bob Dylan & Leonard Cohen

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It was the way he [Leonard Cohen] wrote about complicated things. It was very intimate and personal. Dylan took you to the far ends of the expanding universe, eight minutes of ‘one hand waving free,’ and I loved that, but it didn’t sound like anything I did or was likely to do—it wasn’t very earthly. Leonard’s songs were a combination of very real details and a sense of mystery, like prayers or spells.

 

Suzanne Vega

 

From Leonard Cohen Makes It Darker by David Remnick (New Yorker: October 17, 2016). Photo by Richard Huber – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikipedia

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 11, 2016.

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