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Leonard Cohen's Nervous Breakthrough

Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988

"I THINK IF I HAD ONE OF THOSE GOOD VOICES, I WOULD HAVE DONE IT COMPLETELY DIFFERENTLY," Leonard Cohen ruminates. "I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE SUNG THE SONGS I REALLY LIKE RATHER THAN BE A WRITER. WHEN I WAS A KID I ALWAYS HAD THIS FANTASY OF SINGING WITH A BAND. WE'D HAVE GET-TOGETHERS AND I'D SING 'RACING WITH THE MOON,' STUFF LIKE THAT. I JUST DON'T THINK ONE WOULD HAVE BOTHERED TO WRITE IF ONE COULD HAVE REALLY LIFTED ONE'S VOICE IN SONG. BUT THAT WASN'T MY VOICE. THIS IS MY VOICE."

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