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Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Shabbiness Grows - Leonard Cohen Looks Down from Mt. Baldy

D.B. "So Leonard, great show."
L.C. "Thank you."
D.B. ""You sounded great."
L.C. "It's a gift."
D.B. "Anyway Leonard, what is it you are really trying to tell us?"
L.C. "Just to get serious about this thing, you know. One has to be compassionate. It's true that people are up against things, economically and emotionally. The obstacles are great and the suffering is great and people have got to make a living. It's easy to look down from the summit you've reached, or even the summit I've reached, and talk about the responsibilities of the artist, but most people are just trying to get their foot in the door and make a living. So we've got to temper anything we say with that. On the other hand, you've got to be serious about what you do. And you've got to understand the price you pay for frivolity or just for greed--it's a very high price, especially if you're involved in this sacred material, which is about the human heart and human desire and human tragedy. If there isn't some element of seriousness in the training of the artist or in the atmosphere that surrounds the enterprise, then this shabbiness grows and eventually overwhelms it. I think that's what we're in now. It's hard to be serious about so many things. [Look at the whole emphasis] on the charts, if you're a songwriter. Over the years, I saw that arise, where people were now longer interested in the song."
D.B. "We're still interested in your songs."
L.C. (tipping his fedora) "You're too kind."


Marcella Paliekara said...

Dear Dead Beat,

I haven't visited your blog in some time, an I am lost again, but that's fine. I am also a bit delighted because, as usual, Leonard is there to guide me.Are you saying that you saw him in concert and interviewed him? It is so amazing because I have been listening to him so much lately and wondering about what he was thinking when he wrote his songs. I am jealous. Is he a weird old goat or a beautiful elderly gentelman?

Dead Beat said...


Dead Beat needs you to keep him on the straight and narrow.

I am saying I saw him in concert. The interview may have happened in my mind.

He was a beautiful elderly gentleman. When I grow old(er) I want to become Leonard Cohen.

He's just a hundred stories above me.