On January 18th, Leonard Cohen was quizzed by Jarvis Cocker at an event in London has he previewed his new album Old Ideas, before an invited audience. Q was there and here’s what Q Magazine learnt from the great men.
1. Leonard Cohen feels like he’s barely scraping by
“You just work with what you got! I never had a strategy [for creating his sound]. I always felt I was scraping the bottom of the barrel just trying to get the song together. A beginning, a middle and an end. I never had the sense that I was standing in front of a table with a multitude of choices… I was working in the foul rag and bone shop of the heart. No sense of abundance at all, just trying to get it together. That’s the feeling I have. There are people who are working with a great sense of abundance, I’d like to be one of those but I’m not. [laughs]”
2. Giving up smoking has made Leonard Cohen’s voice deeper!
Jarvis: “We have to mention the voice, it seems to be getting even deeper. Do you think there’s a bottom it can get to, or can it go on?”
Leonard: “It’s what happens when you give up cigarettes contrary to public opinion. I thought I would destroy my whole position if I gave up smoking, my voice would rise to a soprano or at least go in that direction.”