by Tom McMorran

Here is a story about Leonard that describes how great of a person he is! We had played a concert in Madrid, Spain. Afterwards we ate at the Hotel and I had a big piece of Salmon. I went to bed about 2:00 am but had trouble sleeping. Around 2:30 I started to get the sweats and by 4 am I was running to the bathroom every two minutes with severe nausea and diarrhea.

By 5 am my legs beagan to hurt and I had a pounding headache. Lobby call was at 6am so I limped down to meet the rest of the band. We had to catch a flight to Stuttgart and by the time we got to the airport I could barely walk.

I have never been so sick in my life!! By this time I was in the bathroom constantly. Our first plane was delayed an hour but we finally took off. We missed our connection and had to wait over an hour. Leonard found a couch in one of the travel offices where I was watched over by two very nice Swiss Travel Agents.

Unfortunately our connection was moved to the opposite side of the airport. Leonard, knowing how badly I felt insisted on pushing me through the airport on a luggage cart, a sort of makeshift gurney. As you know, Leonard is very popular in Europe, and the sight of this Star pushing one of his band members through the airport caused quite a stir.

We finally arrived in Stuttgart after eight hours of traveling. By this time I was so sick I could not even stand up straight and I was afraind I would be unable to perform that night. Leonard came in carrying a black bag. Looking very much like a doctor, he reached in and pulled out an evil looking amber vile with a glass stopper. "This was given to me by some South American Indians" he said with a sly grin on his face. "It will either kill you or cure you!".

By this time it didn't much matter to me either way. He poured six drops into a glass of water, the murky brown mixture dissipating in the clear agua. With a prayer I imbibed the mysterious tincture knowing not what my fate was to be. I was shocked to discover that within ten minutes my legs had stopped hurting.

Within the next hour my appetite had returned, my headache had abated, and I felt better that I had in months. I ate a big dinner and played the concert without a hitch, all thanks to Leonard "Medicine Man" Cohen.

This is just one of many examples that exemplify Leonard's humanitarianism, and his care for the well being of the people around him. I will be forever indebted to him. Thanks Leonard!!

Thomas (Tom) Burch McMorran was on the keyboards during the 1988 world tour.

Thanks to Tom for the story and to Lauren Goetting for coaxing Tom to write it!