Cohen says of that verse [“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in”],
I don’t want to dignify or soil the record with the expression ‘philosophical background,’ but that’s the philosophical background of the record.
The line is from “Anthem” which – typical of Cohen’s modus operandi – took years to advance from artistic conceit to recorded form. A catalyst in that process was his friend and collaborator De Mornay, whom he credits for
snatching the song out of the chaos in which it endured so long… I was playing [Anthem] at her house one night on her synthesizer and she said, ‘God, that sounds pretty good right now. Let’s record it tonight.’
Leonard Cohen Looks To The Future by Paul Verna (Billboard; Published in Sarasota Herald-Tribune: Nov 27, 1992). Photo of Leonard Cohen & Rebecca De Mornay taken in Berlin by Gerrit Terstiege (1993).
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 May 7, 2018.