"When Leanne saw the photo I took of Sharon and myself,
she said, "That's a picture of two people with one mind."
Given her stunning contribution to Ten New Songs, it was
necessary, just, and appropriate that Sharon appear on
the cover. Otherwise, Nova, my daughter's dog, would have
been featured; even though nobody really liked it but Kelley,
Lorca and me. The people at Sony thought I 'must be kidding.'
Nova will have her day."
Update (February 2002): And Nova did have her day! She is now immortalized on the cover of Leonard's Boogie Street single!
"Here is another cover I didn't use. 'Woman Reclining on
a Sphinx' is a drawing of a small plaster statuette which
has been on my desk in Montreal for twenty-five years."
Copyright © 2001 Leonard Cohen.
Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.