Ahead of this Saturday's broadcast of The RTÉ Concert Orchestra Performs Leonard Cohen on RTÉ One, listen back to Favourite Five with Leonard Cohen, first broadcast on 8th April 1985 on RTÉ Radio 1 - Ken Stewart is the presenter, with John MacKenna producer.
Some more biographical material from Mr. Cohen in this Favourite Five with Ken Stewart from 1985 - a kind of Desert Island Discs slot. His first choice is Ray Charles' Take These Chains and he talks about how country music is underestimated, especially by intellectual critics, 'It’s a real people’s music and you can’t screw around with the people.’ His other choices range from Bob Dylan to Janice Joplin to Rodrigo played by guitarist John Williams.
‘If you operate on a level of 50% success you’re doing pretty good, I think that’s about all you can hope for. You get older and you recognize that there are consequences to your mistakes – that’s the only thing that you get with old age. It doesn’t mean you avoid the mistakes, you just know you’re going to pay for them.’
Watch The Songs of Leonard Cohen with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra on RTÉ One on April 25th at 10.30 pm.