[Leonard Cohen] called me up one day, and during the conversation, he asked, ‘Judy, why don’t you write your own songs?’ That really got me thinking and soon after I wrote ‘Since You Asked,’ which was the start of me writing my own material. As he became more famous over the years, we would stay in touch, and we’d meet up whenever he was in New York. Leonard was very deep and very committed to his friends. He was also very grateful, and I say that with a particular intention. In my work, Leonard supported me emotionally, artistically and financially. That’s extremely rare – people don’t do that. They don’t really help you when you do them a favour. For the most part, they don’t even say ‘thank you.’ And I won’t get specific, but let me tell you that it’s the truth, Leonard, on the other hand, has shared both his artistry and his abundance with me in the moments that it counted.
Judy Collins & Leonard Cohen – That’s No Way to Say Goodbye1
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 Mar 29, 2018.
- Judy Collins and Leonard Cohen, taped in 1976 for the PBS program “Soundstage.” [↩]