By Wayne Bledsoe
Posted June 16, 2016
Bobby Long is happy to talk about his own songs, but if you really want to get him going, ask about the artists that he admires.
Leonard Cohen, for example:
"Everything about him just seems so cool and slightly unattainable," says Long in a call from his home in New York. "He looks like he would put on a suit to go around the block and get coffee."
A native of Wiltshire, England, Long moved to New York in 2009 and, after three self-released albums, made a dent with his album "A Winter Tale" in 2011. His most recent album, "Ode to Thinking," was released in 2015. He points to John Prine, Loudon Wainwright and Randy Newman as favorite songwriters and Nick Lowe as the one he feels the closest stylistic kinship with, but Cohen is the one he always goes back to for inspiration.
"I'm reminded by him to always look into the little things," says Long. "Even when he was living in that Buddhist monastery, and you'd read interviews with him, he still viewed the world like an artist and he's still caught up in the intricacies of life, the little things. That's what I most love about being an artist, being able to look deeper into people and into life. This life is so bizarre and yet so simple in many ways. We live and then we die and there's constant beauty, and if you believe in a god, that can add to the mystery."
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