The kind of work I like is the evidence of life lived, rather than some kind of abstracted conclusion of how things might be. I see a song as the ashes of existence, and if there is a light there, and you can warm yourself by it. It isn’t an intellectual construction — it’s more like a footprint that you can stick your own foot in. Or a spike on which you can impale yourself.
Canada’s Cult Icon Takes Heart by Harold DeMuir (Georgia Strait June 4-11, 1993).
Compare to the better known Leonard Cohen quote about poetry: “Poetry is just the evidence of a life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
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 Sep 2, 2016.