The time we worked together, one to one, was very pleasant, except for the climate. He insisted on having the air conditioning set to 40 F all day. I have no idea why he did that. He must have been suffering as much as I was. He is a very hospitable man. It was when other people were around in the recording studio that he seemed to move into his Mr Hyde period. One day he had a bottle of wine in one hand and a 35mm pistol in the other. He put his arm around my shoulder, pressed the muzzle into my neck and said, ‘Leonard, I love you.’ At which point I said: ‘I hope you really do, Phil.’ I was in one of those moments where I really couldn’t order my personal life either. It was a time of great chaos and distress. Had I been in better shape myself I probably could have navigated the session a little better. Although Phil’s an expert in karate, I might have taken him…
From I Never Discuss My Mistresses Or My Tailors by Nick Paton Walsh. The Observer, October 14, 2001.
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 June 14, 2018.