Posted on July 27, 2014
Mr Cohen was a hypnotist, poet and novelist long before he set words to music. He didn’t start performing or recording until his mid 30’s and he was not considered a real guitarist. Leonard is considered a ladies man and his song delivery seem expressionless or bemused as he sings about his romantic life adventures. This detached observation of the circus we all call life is perhaps what drew Leonard to become a devotee to Zen Buddhism. He has spent time as a practising monk whilst wearing suits and having coffee and ciggy breaks of course! Some have said he is a commitment–phobic vagabond who dumps women to go off and hangout in war zones such as Cuba and Israel. It just all adds to the colour of this amazing creative rebel. I discovered Leonard as a melancholy child of 8 lying on the floor in my parents’ lounge playing a Leonard Cohen Greatest Hits record that they had in their collection over and over. Then when I was a teenager Mum brought home the album Various Positions and there I was again entranced or should I say hypnotised. This image is from the Various Positions album. It is made from cardboard boxes and records.