Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

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Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

Postby Hartmut » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:06 pm

Cute. I had never heard/read that before.


Q: Is your mom Suzanne, the same Suzanne from the song?

Adam Cohen: My father actually wrote the song before meeting my mother, but says he wrote it to summon her.

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Re: Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

Postby Goldin » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:29 pm

Wonderful indeed :razz: An advice from Leonard "Old Cool Cat" Cohen: you should probably write as many great poems dedicated to various female names, as possible, just in case.
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Re: Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

Postby Cate » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:39 pm

Hartmut wrote:
Adam Cohen: My father actually wrote the song before meeting my mother, but says he wrote it to summon her.
I love that!!!!
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Re: Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

Postby Hartmut » Fri Oct 12, 2012 8:41 pm

Goldin wrote:An advice from Leonard "Old Cool Cat" Cohen: you should probably write as many great poems dedicated to various female names, as possible, just in case.
:-)

Good thing the children's mother's name isn't Nancy ...
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Re: Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

Postby Wybe » Fri Oct 12, 2012 9:04 pm

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Re: Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

Postby John Etherington » Fri Oct 12, 2012 11:30 pm

Perhaps it should be made clear to newer forum members that that Suzanne Verdal (the dancer) who inspired the song was not the Suzanne who became the mother of Leonard's children (that was Suzanne Elrod). However, I like Leonard's imaginative take on this.
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Re: Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

Postby hydriot » Wed Oct 17, 2012 10:43 pm

Yes, I think Adam was just being playful.
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Re: Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

Postby Hartmut » Mon Nov 12, 2012 11:29 pm

In this interview he mentions that he summoned her with that song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9CsYoWIK7w#t=8m34s

So what Adam is telling is not a family inside joke.
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Re: Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

Postby B4real » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:47 am

Hi Hartmut,
I remember that and I watched the interview live as it was broadcast in 1985 on the Mike Walsh Show in Australia. 8)

(LC also explained the meaning of Dance Me To The End Of Love and sang the song as well)
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AW: Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her'

Postby Hartmut » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:27 am

Lucky you! - I barely knew him in 85 ...
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Re: Suzanne: 'he wrote it to summon her' / the tea

Postby Kim Whittle » Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:23 pm

Just a bit of trivia Re Constant Comment tea and the song. Go to 2:30 in this video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ilCPfFT ... ata_player

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