Leonard Cohen on Finding His Voice

Barnes and Noble

“There are very, very few people who occupy the ground that Leonard Cohen walks on.” —BONO

The Flame is the final work from Leonard Cohen, the revered poet and musician whose fans span generations and whose work is celebrated throughout the world. Featuring poems, excerpts from his private notebooks, lyrics, and hand-drawn self-portraits, The Flame offers an unprecedentedly intimate look inside the life and mind of a singular artist. “This volume contains my father’s final efforts as a poet,” writes Cohen’s son, Adam Cohen, in his foreword. “It was what he was staying alive to do, his sole breathing purpose at the end.” Leonard Cohen died in late 2016. But “each page of paper that he blackened,” in the words of his son, “was lasting evidence of a burning soul.”

Leonard Cohen’s name has been flooding headlines in the past day because of his poem “Kanye West Is Not Picasso.” A Twitter user described the poem as the “ultimate mic drop.” In the following animation we hear about how Leonard Cohen found his unique voice.

Excerpted from Leonard Cohen’s Acceptance Address for the Prince of Asturias Award
Animation by Astral Studio