Q: Is there such a thing as ‘the perfect fan’? Leonard Cohen: “I never think of the people who listen to my songs as ‘fans'”

Q: Sometimes ‘fans’ tend to put a poet/artist on such a high pedestal that our expectations may seem overwhelming. Hopefully you have never felt such pressure. Do you have any expectations of your ‘fans’? Is there such a thing as ‘the perfect fan’? What has the ultimate reward been for you?

 

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I never think of the people who listen to my songs as ‘fans.’ Something disagreeable about seeing people that way. I think of the activity as a kind of conversation, and now it’s my turn to talk. Expectations are out of place in the privacy of the occasion, and if I have them, it probably means the song isn’t any good.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

From the 2001 online chat. Photo by J..S. Carenza III.

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 February 21, 2010 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric.

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