“It’s fatal to search for an inspiration…You try to keep your ears and heart open” Watch Leonard Cohen’s 1984 Much Music Interview With Christopher Ward

 

“He has all the charisma of a small town undertaker”

Montreal critic describing Leonard Cohen

In this interview promoting his Various Positions album, Leonard Cohen touches on many topics, including singers he admires (Ian McCulloch, Nick Cave, The Smiths, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Elvis Costello, Joe Cocker, & Ray Charles), Night Magic, the musical traditions that most influenced him, his songs that last as long as a Volvo, his take on inspiration, his characterization of his writing as “a rat trying to get his teeth into something that yields,” and his 1985 Tour plans (which included anticipated shows in Japan).

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  1. “It’s fatal to search for an inspiration…You try to keep your ears and heart open”

    Even in mundane tour interviews like this one, Leonard Cohen could generously offer flashes of deep, confessional truth. One of his metaphors for the spiritual traveler is the ‘Stranger’. The stranger in Cohen’s symbolic landscape searches but does not find. But in times when he knew himself to be resting in a quiet center, alert in his longing, his heart the shape of a begging bowl, the inspirational Muse would come to him, asking only for the song. Here are three lines of the poem, ‘Owning Everything’ from The Spice Box of Earth; spoken from the heart of that center:

    Only strangers travel.
    Owning everything,
    I have nowhere to go.

    Thanks for this one, Allan…

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