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Adam om Leonard

13. november 2016

My sister and I just buried my father in Montreal. With only immediate family and a few lifelong friends present, he was lowered into the ground in an unadorned pine box, next to his mother and father. Exactly as he’d asked. As I write this I’m thinking of my father’s unique blend of self-deprecation and dignity, his approachable elegance, his charisma without audacity, his old-world gentlemanliness and the hand-forged tower of his work. There’s so much I wish I could thank him for, just one last time. I’d thank him for the comfort he always provided, for the wisdom he dispensed, for the marathon conversations, for his dazzling wit and humor. I’d thank him for giving me, and teaching me to love Montreal and Greece. And I’d thank him for music; first for his music which seduced me as a boy, then for his encouragement of my own music, and finally for the privilege of being able to make music with him. Thank you for your kind messages, for the outpouring of sympathy and for your love of my father. [Adam Cohen]

 

Nej, jeg skal ikke slippe Leonard Cohen med det samme. Han stemme lyder endnu et sted i mit hovedes kakafoni af stemmer. Taler med ro og mørke.

 

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En kyniker taler ud – Woody Allen citeret

14. maj 2011

Som kunstner har man til opgave at aflede folks opmærksomhed og underholde dem. Folk, der er lidt mere begavede, tænder ikke for tv for at se realityshows. De lader sig underholde ved at kigge pÃ¥ malerier af Picasso eller høre musik af Mozart eller film af Bergman. Men de gør det samme, som reality-folket gør. De nyder det. Og sÃ¥ forlader de museet eller biografen og kommer ud i den virkelige verden – og den virkelige verden er rædselsfuld. Man har det forfærdeligt, men sÃ¥ gÃ¥r man i biografen igen og ser Fred Astaire danse i smoking og drikke champagne i halvanden time, og sÃ¥ har man det godt igen. Det er som et glas koldt vand pÃ¥ en varm dag. SÃ¥ kan man holde det forfærdelige liv ud igen. Det er kunstnerens opgave at servere det glas kolde vand

(Woody Allen)