Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Leonard Cohen on Songwriting

"I think ideas are what you want to get rid of. I don't really like songs with ideas. They tend to become slogans," he told the Guardian's Dorian Lynskey earlier this year. "They tend to be on the right side of things: ecology or vegetarianism or antiwar. All these are wonderful ideas but I like to work on a song until those slogans, as wonderful as they are and as wholesome as the ideas they promote are, dissolve into deeper convictions of the heart." 
Gah. So good.


  1. I hear him...but I like a good idea song too. ;~)

  2. Like 'The Dog Song'. I get ya.