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If Leonard Cohen's Songs & Stories Weren't Already Making You Cry, Here They Are In Beautiful Animation

By Vivian Kane | Videos | November 16, 2016 |

By Vivian Kane | Videos | November 16, 2016 |

We’ve written here before about PBS’ beautiful Blank on Blank series, where they take famous interviews from a person talking about a thing (blank speaking about blank, if you will), and puts it to the beautifully simplistic animation of Patrick Smith. If you’re not already a fan, get on that, won’t you?

Their latest video features a rare interview with Leonard Cohen from 1974 with NYC’s WBAI FM. Most of the video is Cohen reading the text of his poem “Two Went to Sleep,” set to gorgeous literal imagery of the dream experience. He also, though, tells the story of the night he met two sisters while on tour in Edmonton, Canada. They invited him to stand in their doorway, then accompanied him to his tiny hotel room, and shared a bed in a surprising non-sexual nature. And when Leonard Cohen is sharing a bed with two beautiful women and can’t sleep, they apparently had a good chance of waking up to an eternally iconic song written in their honor.

Watch the animated interview above, and then, if you have tears left, here’s “Sisters of Mercy.”

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