Okay, got it, or at least close enough for non-government work.
Let’s go on quickly to the subject of the report, shall we? Leonard Cohen
[Title] An Unmistakable Style
[narration over video of Cohen]
Novelist, singer and poet. The man with the deep voice who has influenced Nick Cave and Morrissey among others. In his works he has very emotional lyrics and a thematic trilogy: love, sex and depression. Born in 1934 in Canada, he had a good childhood and a university education. At only 22 years old he published the first of his books of poetry. He acknowledged among his idols the Spaniard Federico García Lorca. In 1963 he published The Favourite Game, which is a novel of learning. Three years later Beautiful Losers appeared, where he advances, without knowing it, a part of the thematic material of his songs, or if one prefers, what would be the central themes of his creations. In 1966, settled in the United States, Cohen began singing at folk music festivals. It was Judy Collins who made his song Suzanne a commercial success. His first European tour takes place in 1970. He does it while consuming all kinds of drugs. During more than 30 years Cohen shares his vision with those who know how to explore the mysteries of the inner life. His trajectory has been distinguished by the richness of his lyrics; Cohen’s stylistic production appears on records like Songs from a Room, in 1969, Songs of Love And Hate in 1971, Death of a Ladies’ Man, 1977, or I’m Your Man, 1988. In 2005 he sues his manager Kelley Lynch for diversion of funds, 5 million dollars. In March of 2006, he obtains a ruling in his favor. Lynch flees. The same year he releases a new book of poems, Book of Longing, and the documentary Leonard Cohen, I’m Your Man, has its premiere. In 2008 he goes back onstage at 73 years old, to do a world tour that is welcomed with enthusiasm both by the critics and the public. In 2009 Live in London goes on sale, a recording of one of the concerts on the tour. At almost 79 years of age, he is fully active. He plays music, he composes and, above all, he writes. Uninterested in social networks, Leonard Cohen also meditates and often retires to monasteries that do not appear on the maps.
The guy is still on tour at 79 years old.
I told you, he was the example.
That is so impressive.
You see? There are, there are three guys I have as examples, who are above all of them and they’re Roman Polanski, Keith Richards and Leonard Cohen.
And what do they have in common?
Staying-power. They’re 80 years old, they get to 80 years old with everything that has happened to them, Roman Polanski is one of those personalities that the more you know about their lives, the more it depresses you. The guy makes genius films, he has a gorgeous wife, some beautiful children, and sometimes we complain about things, you see?
And the same with Leonard, well, his lifelong friend defrauded him of 5 million dollars a few years ago and, well, he was left broke. And he returned to touring because of that, he’s recovered and doubled the amount.
They’re three who had a lot of influence, you might say. They didn’t go unseen, they didn’t go down the tubes, they had a central position, with a lot of influence.
Yes, yes, Keith Richards was born in the middle of a bombardment.
And Roman Polanski lost his parents, his mother in a camp, in Auschwitz.
Yes. And from there on, they had everything against them.
And we see them on the screen, on the stage, anywhere, anyone who could cross the street…
And there it comes to you that your problems are really never that serious.
Yes. I feel more relieved.