Oana Maria Cajal,1 whose videos featuring Leonard Cohen have frequently been featured at 1HeckOfAGuy.com & DrHGuy.com (see list of previous posts below), describes Take This Waltz as “A Spring Fantasy Dedicated To Leonard Cohen.”
I have often prayed for you like this Let me have her
From “Whenever I Happen To See You…”
by Leonard Cohen (The Energy Of Slaves 1972)
Oana provides provides this description of herself:
I am a poet, a playwright, a painter. I believe the poetry created the world. My hobby: Survival! My message is urgent: In the Spotlight of Death, Life shines in its brightest colors. Celebrate! This very second! Right Now! [↩]
Wedding of Very Very Good Girl & SportsBizPro (2008)
Because of the impending visit of DrHGuy’s elder son, Prodigal (aka Sam), the Duchess has prepared not only a fatted calf with all the fixins but also a schedule chock full of fun. Consequently, posting on DrHGuy.com and 1HeckOfAGuy.com will be limited for the next week or two.
From an April 12, 2014 post by Jarkko Arjatsalo at LeonardCohenForum [highlighting mine]:
I still get a lot of emails asking about a tour in the fall of 2014.
Many are asking because they have been holding their registration to our Dublin Event, in the hope of getting a tour announcement.
This has been said many times here, but let’s repeat it: there will be no tour in 2014.
I told Leonard today about the emails, and he asked me to quote him:
I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THERE WILL BE NO TOURING IN 2014. THAT IS DEFINITE AND WRITTEN IN STONE.
DrHGuy Note: This writing in stone thing does go a long way toward explaining why it takes Leonard so long to write his songs.
I’ve labeled this post “Leonard Cohen Online Directory and The Goldilocks Conundrum” because one quickly realizes that the primary issue for the Directory is avoiding the Scylla of doing too much, which would make the site cumbersome, and the Charybdis doing too little, which would make it impossible to find some information that is available. The goal is, in fact, to create a process that is “just right.”
This was, of course, the tactic at the heart of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story – an account which becomes much easier to comprehend once one grasps that Goldilocks was obviously a consultant and the bears were her clients. And the fairy tale itself? It was actually the PowerPoint presentation The Goldilocks Group, LLC made to 3Bears, Inc to explicate The Value Locus Decision Matrix.
So, this page will be in flux, especially over the next week or two as I eliminate some items and adding others. Check it out. at Leonard Cohen Online Directory
Credit Due Department: Illustration atop this post is from Brooke, Leslie, illustrator. The Golden Goose Book. London: Frederick Warne, 1905.
The idea behind the Leonard Cohen Online Directory is to offer a one-stop reference page to the best Leonard Cohen resources from all over the internet. The original Directory had become outdated and infested with dead links. The links in the list are now functional (at east,they were functional this morning). I have batches of items to add to the Directory to bring it fully current – but that’s an ongoing task.
Right now, you can find links to the Leonard Cohen discography, an exhaustive list of covers, the media reports from the 2008-2013 Tours (by year), chords to the songs, articles about Cohen’s life, essays on his songs and writing, a spate of humor pieces, and more.
“It was not only an act of supreme generosity on
[Leonard Cohen's ] part but a flawless reading of the song“
Those hearing reports of unprecedented beaming emanating from the vicinity of Durham, North Carolina needn’t be concerned that, say, a local nuclear power plant has gone Chernobyl. The phenomenon is instead the consequence of DrHGuy finding this message from Don Was, world class musician and Grammy-winning record producer,1 in his inbox:
hi allan -
just stumbled upon your video for our song “Elvis’ Rolls Royce”….i really love it! It’s exactly what I visualized when we wrote the song and seeing your video 20 plus years after we recorded the track gave me a renewed sense of how surreally awesome it was that leonard agreed to do the vocal for us…it was not only an act of supreme generosity on his part but a flawless reading of the song…thanks for putting so much work into the video….i hope everyone on earth gets to see it!
OK, let’s make that “Don Was, world class musician, Grammy-winning record producer, and one heck of a guy.”
Leonard Cohen, Was (Not Was), Elvis’s Rolls Royce, & The VIdeo
In 1990 Was (Not Was) published the album, Are You Okay?, which included the song, “Elvis’s Rolls Royce” with Leonard Cohen as lead vocalist (and Iggy Pop contributing backing vocals). One suspects that it was fun to produce, and it’s clearly fun to hear. It seemed only fitting that it should have a fun video as well. That’s where DrHGuy, master of the cut and paste flick, came into the picture.
Considerable poetic license was involved in the composition of “Elvis’s Rolls Royce.” Elvis owned many cars, a significant number of which he gave away to friends and family. He did own a Rolls Royce:
January 1961 Elvis signed a 5 year contract with Hal Wallis. To celebrate he went out and bought a Rolls Royce Phantom V from a Beverly Hills dealer only to bring it home and have his mothers’ chickens peck away at their reflections in the elegant finish. Most people would have just shot the birds but Elvis just chose to have the car repainted four or five times.2
That Rolls Royce is the one featured in the extraordinarily rare3 photo of Elvis, Leonard, & the Rolls atop this section of the post.
Elvis also owned a 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, pictured below.
In any case, images in the accompanying video are likewise “inspired by” rather than “based on” Elvis’s cars. Viewers are advised to rev up their “willing suspension of disbelief for the moment which constitutes poetic faith;”4 a literal-minded perspective may result in significant cognitive whiplash.
Don Was has produced every Rolling Stones album since 1993, co-led the 1980s group Was (Not Was), was appointed president of the jazz record label, Blue Note Records, in 2012, served as music director for a batch of movies (e.g., Thelma and Louise, The Rainmaker, Hope Floats), and has recorded with – well, just about everyone, including Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Ziggy Marley, Bob Seger, Al Green, Lucinda Williams, Garth Brooks, Ringo Starr, Iggy Pop, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Cocker, Hootie and The Blowfish, Amos Lee, Willie Nelson Elton John, Stevie Nicks, George Clinton, Randy Newman, The Black Crowes, Carly Simon, Travis Tritt, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, The Barenaked Ladies, Old Crow Medicine Show, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Richie Sambora, The Presidents of the United States of America, B.B. King, Paul Westerberg, Kurt Elling, Poison, Cheb Khaled, The B-52′s, Zucchero, Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook, Jill Sobule and Solomon Burke. [↩]
Leonard Cohen’s Elegy For Janis Joplin – Chelsea Hotel #1
This video features the first version of the song Leonard Cohen would later revise into "Chelsea Hotel #2" along with images of Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin - whose liaison with Cohen at the Chelsea Hotel led to the creation of the song, the Hotel itself, and other associated people & places.
Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen had a fling in the 1960s that, for unspecified reasons, was short-lived, with Cohen instigating the parting.
It was then and is now a complex connection. In 1988, Cohen said, I'm still very friendly with Joni - I had dinner with her before the tour, and I have the same admiration for her as you do. But I think it was Noel Harrison who came up to me in the LA Troubadour and said "How do you like living with Beethoven?"
Do I Have To Dance All Night Surpasses 70,000 Views
"Do I Have To Dance All Night" was performed many times in concerts but was never released in the US.
As part of my crusade to popularize this song, I've cobbled together 2 videos - one for the semi-funky 1976 version with Laura Branigan and one for the 1980 more gypsy, less disco version - that kinda sorta fit the music.
As of Dec 19, 2012, the video of the 1976 version of Do I Have To Dance All Night has been viewed 70,152 times.
This Heck Of A Guy compilation includes unreleased Leonard Cohen performances over a 30+ year period.
Track List: Vol 1
1. Feels So Good (The Other Blues Song)
2. Book Of Longing
3. The Darkness
6. Do I Have to Dance All Night (1976)
7. Blues By The Jews
Track List: Vol 2
1. Red River Valley
2. Never Got To Love You (Duet with Anjani)
3. Can't Help Falling In Love
4. Ride Around
5. The Union Makes Us Strong
6. We Shall Not Be Moved
7. To Love Somebody
8. The Hypnotist (Poem)
9. Chelsea Hotel #1
10. There's No Reason Why You Should Remember Me
11. Streets Of Laredo
12. Do I Have To Dance All Night (1980)
Now, Another Other Leonard Cohen Album, the second collection of unreleased Leonard Cohen songs joins the popular The Other Leonard Cohen Album to offer fans of the iconic singer-songwriter a total of 3 CDs of musical treats. Another Other Leonard Cohen Album includes the following tracks plus liner notes by Sylvie Simmons.
1. Je Veux Vivre Tout Seul
2. Kevin Barry
3. Die Gedanken Sind Frei
4. Store Room
5. As Time Goes By
6. Don’t Go Home with Your Hard-on
7. Blessed is the Memory
8. Silent Night
9. Dead Song
10. Another Saturday Night
11. Ballad of the Absent Mare
13. The Butcher
14. Un As Der Rebbe Singt
15. Song to the Machines
16. If It Be Your Will
17. Thirsty for the Kiss
18. A Thousand Kisses Deep
19. I Tried To Leave You
20. Whither Thou Goest
21. Mr Cohen Must Be Going
Photos of or related to Leonard Cohen that fall into specific themes have been among the ongoing features at DrHGuy, HOAG's sibling site. Galleries displaying collected images of 3 of these themes are now available at
And We’re Still Making Love In My Secret Life – Julie’s Story & Video
... I never had a chance. I was - and this is the only word that fits - smitten. I still am.
She was smart and quick-witted, although it would take me 3 years to recognize that she was, in fact, much smarter than me, and then another 2 years to forgive her for that. She was also good-looking and unabashedly sexy.
And, we fell madly, irredeemably, unflinchingly in love.
Complementing the unlikely story of how Julie and I met, fell in love, and - 9 years, 2 husbands, 1 wife, and 2 careers later - got together to spend an outrageously wonderful 20 years together before her death, a video, set to the poignant "In My Secret Life" by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson, is now available that evokes the role Julie, who died 10 years ago, continues to play in my life.