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If It Be Your Will: A Radio Documentary Featuring Leonard Cohen

Canadian musician Leonard Cohen insists he hardly remembers anything from his past and that he lives mostly in the present.

2006 / Kari Hesthamar / Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Norway

Canadian musician Leonard Cohen insists he hardly remembers anything from his past and that he lives mostly in the present.

But over the course of this intimate radio feature by Norwegian producer Kari Hesthamar, Cohen looks back over his life and shares some thoughts about earlier days.Along the way he considers the different paths his career has taken, talks about various creative projects he was (and still is) involved with, and sweetly reminisces about a beautiful young woman he shared some time with on a wild Greek island, who loyal fans will know by the name "Marianne."

If It Be Your Will is produced in Norwegian, though there's a good bit of English in there too. You'll find a transcript to follow along with in the EXTRA section below. The story was produced for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation in 2005.


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Kari Hesthamar

Kari Hesthamar has worked for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, NRK radio and television since 1996, and in the NRK feature department since 1998. She often gives workshops around Norway and Europe, and has won numerous awards for her work, including the Prix Europa (1999, 2004) and the Prix Italia (2003). Hesthamar has been a member of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) Project Group since 2003.


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