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    Wed, 12 Oct 2016 09:19:13

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    Leonard Cohen is the subject of a new profile in The New Yorker. In the article, Leonard Cohen discusses his new album, You Want It Darker, his life, his declining health, and his relationship with unfinished material. While discussing his unfinished material he explains, "The big change is the proximity to death. I am a tidy kind of guy. I like to tie up the strings if I can. If I can't, also, that's O.K. But my natural thrust is to finish things that I've begun."

    The New Yorker piece continues, "Cohen said he had a "sweet little song" that he'd been working through, one of many, and, suddenly, he closed his eyes and began reciting the lyrics:

    Listen to the hummingbird
    Whose wings you cannot see
    Listen to the hummingbird
    Don't listen to me.

    Listen to the butterfly
    Whose days but number three
    Listen to the butterfly
    Don't listen to me.

    Listen to the mind of God
    Which doesn't need to be
    Listen to the mind of God
    Don't listen to me.

    "He opened his eyes, paused awhile. Then he said, "I don't think I'll be able to finish those songs. Maybe, who knows? And maybe I'll get a second wind, I don't know. But I don't dare attach myself to a spiritual strategy. I don't dare do that. I've got some work to do. Take care of business. I am ready to die. I hope it's not too uncomfortable. That's about it for me.""

    You Want It Darker is due out October 21st.

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    —The ARTISTdirect Staff

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