Here's the last interview that Leonard Cohen gave. His humility and compassion shine through when he speaks, the antithesis of what it means to be famous in today's world. The extent to which people identified him with me has been a true surprise. For after all I wasn't obsessive about my fandom. At both concerts that I had the privilege to see my knickers stayed firmly on my arse and were not hurled at the stage. I never had a one to one chat and didn't festoon him with daily fan mail. Yet many, even my ex-husband expressed personal condolences for someone that I'd never met. I phoned to talk about Louis. 'I'm sorry that your man died' he said. Wow!
The tag line from my blog is, of course, a quote from this dear gentleman, words that spurred personal transformation. Indeed they provided the motivation for sharing my imperfect writing through this medium.
'Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in.'
'Walk away from paralysis of perfection. It has stifled your creativity and undermined your sense of self.' Leonard counselled. He seemed to be speaking to me personally. He went on. 'Instead, why not strike out, experiment and embrace making mistakes as part of the process of enlightenment?' A penny dropped and I found liberation through acceptance of vulnerability. It's no wonder then that I speak about this man, who I count among the wisest of my teachers, with the kind of affection that denotes a personal affinity.