You think about whether the language you’re using and your concerts have any significance for the next generation or the generation after that. If they don’t, you become an object of kitsch or research or history. If you’re lucky enough to use a language that continues to have some relevance, that is a very gratifying bit of data to have.
Note: While Leonard Cohen often expressed indifference about his legacy (see, for example, Leonard Cohen On His Standing As A Poet & His Indifference To His Legacy), he did occasionally, as in this case, attest to the gratification from his work holding relevance for future generations.
From Cohen’s Reputation For Solemnity Ill-Gained by Mary Campbell. AP Story, published in The Hour (Norwalk, CT): Mar 28, 1992.
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 Nov 18, 2014 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.