On Thursday, Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel prize for literature, creating much conversation amongst the chattering literary classes, especially musicians and novelists.
That evening in Los Angeles, his song writing friend Leonard Cohen gave his thoughts on Bob Dylan’s award: “To me,” he said, “[the award] is like pinning a medal on Mount Everest for being the highest mountain.”
Leonard Cohen was speaking at a playback and Q&A for his forthcoming album, You Want It Darker. In a recent interview with the New Yorker, to the consternation of fans the 82-year-old had announced: “I am ready to die.”
However, on Thursday evening Leonard Cohen seemed very alive and continued on the subject of Bob Dylan when talking about the way he writes songs. “I think that Bob Dylan knows this more than all of us: you don’t write the songs anyhow,” he said. “So if you’re lucky, you can keep the vehicle healthy and responsive over the years. If you’re lucky, your own intentions have very little to do with this. You can keep the body as well-oiled and receptive as possible, but whether you’re actually going to be able to go for the long haul is really not your own choice.”
Well undoubtedly Leonard Cohen knows what he is talking about and is very qualified to comment on Bob Dylan as a song writer because in the opinion of the Record Press author he’s also at the summit of the song writing Mount Everest in this Record Press Top 5 Best Pop Poets….
1) Bob Dylan
2) John Lennon
3) Ray Davies
4) Leonard Cohen
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