"It may sound exaggerated if I say Leonard Cohen is one of the figures who stands for what I am today, but honestly it is not. I learned how to bear the pain of love by listening to his lyrics. I learned how to convert suffering into art by listening to his tunes. And my wife fell in love with me when I played and sang his Chelsea Hotel one night on the phone during the first days of our dating. Later, she told me that she did not believe it was me who was performing that night, but the cassette tape. Were I that good? Honestly I have no idea. But although she may not have believed, obviously she appreciated my effort. That was thirty years ago.
So, the day started with Cohen and coffee, and I guess it will end up with him, accompanied with some nice wine throughout the day. Cheers to the honor of the great musician.” Amhet Kip