Stina Dabrowski has uploaded her 1997 interview with Leonard Cohen at Mt Baldy. While the 2001 Dabrowski-Cohen interview was posted some time ago, the 1997 session has never before been online. Rather than describe the video, I will only urge you to watch this incredible conversation between a savvy, empathic interviewer and the Canadian singer-songwriter.
Leonard Cohen interview With Stina Dabrowski
Mount Baldy Zen Center: 1997
Credit Due Department: Thanks to Linda Sturgess, who alerted me to this outstanding video.
Wait For Leonard Cohen Holiday Album Enters 35th Year – Legacy At Risk
Lamentably, it appears that 2014 may pass without Leonard Cohen publishing that semi-obligatory celebrity yuletide album needed to lock down his legacy. I’ll explain: If the Canadian singer-songwriter had become famous in the 1960s for singing “So Long, Merry Christmas” instead of “So Long, Marianne,” then this time of year would be replete with seasonal elevator music from his “Songs From No Room At The Inn” collection and his inevitable Cohen Family Christmas Special would be joining its annual battle with A Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas for Nielsen ratings. And, as a consequence, Cohen’s audience, influence, and popularity would have grown exponentially.
An Early Christmas Gift To Leonard Cohen
From Dr Heck
The Duchess has an embroidered pillow displaying the message “This House Believes In Santa Claus.” Likewise, DrHGuy believes it’s not too late to salvage Mr Cohen’s career1 and offers two Leonard Cohen holiday collection proposals: “I’m Your Santa” and “Songs From A Sleigh.”
Merry Christmas, Leonard
Songs From A Sleigh
I’m Your Santa
No, we don’t have a pillow that say that; you’ll have to take my word on it [↩]
This letter from Leonard Cohen to Glen Shortliffe of Queen’s Quarterly (click on image to enlarge), dated 7 June 1959, was written in connection with the appearance of some of Cohen’s poems in that journal. I don’t pretend it’s especially significant, but I do find it heartening that some things – such as the implicit expectation (or requirement) that a writer purchase copies of a professional or literary journal in which one is published – remain constant.
While many Canadian periodicals are short-lived, Queen’s Quarterly has endured to become the oldest academic quarterly in Canada. It has built its success on the writings of its Canadian contributors. This study explores the Quarterly’s relationship with authors and the journal’s influence on Canada’s cultural development. Queen’s Quarterly was founded by George Munro Grant, Sir Sanford Fleming, John Watson, and others in 1893. It is the oldest scholarly quarterly in Canada. … Expanding the Quarterly’s national appeal was a path followed by later editors including Malcolm Ross, who attempted to further widen the geographical breadth of readership, and Glen Shortliffe, who showcased Canadian poets after noting a lack of stimulating poetry in the Quarterly. To reinvigorate the journal’s poetical content he commissioned Milton Wilson, one of Canada’s foremost poetry scholars, to compile a collection of Canadian works. In 1959 the selection was published with an unprecedented amount of space dedicated to poetry, with thirty-four poems written by both emerging poets, like Alden Nowlan, and more established writers including Irving Layton. Some of Leonard Cohen’s early poetry was also featured in this collection.
Over the years, I have explored, as I am wont to do, the sleigh path less traveled to holiday revelry, and, not being the kind of chap to keep such joyfulness to himself, I annually share with readers my favorite Yuletide embellishments.
Chief among these tidings of joy is welcoming the Season Of Chocolodka. a time which offers hope to the weary masses and solace to all humankind.
Gentle reader, would your life be enhanced by an elixir that
Is intoxicatingly delicious and deliciously intoxicating?
Makes any event an occasion and any occasion an event – occasionally or eventually?
Convinces your sweetie that making snow angels naked while you videotape the event qualifies as madcap merriment?
Persuades you and perhaps even other (also elixir-ingesting) individuals that you are a fuuuuuuunnnnnsort of guy or gal?
Infuses your empty, barren existence in this vale of tears with meaning, love, and exultation?
Well, Bunkie, if you’ll settle for four out of five, then I’ve got just the thing for you, a little something I like to think of as
Indeed, 1HeckOfAGuy.com is home of the earliest online Chocolodka recipe and the first site to employ the now-sacred appellation: Chocolodka. The original post with the full set of instructions for Chocolodka is at The Quintessential Chocolate Vodka – Chocolodka. An instructional video featuring Dr Heck’s entourage, including the Duchess, Princess of Peds, Hippie With Tiara, Duke of Derm, & Lord of Leisure, is embedded below.1
A lecture supplemented with musical performances that explores Leonard Cohen’s connections to religion and culture, Hallelujah: The Poetry and Music of Leonard Cohen offers a sophisticated, insightful, and entertaining consideration of the life and work of the Canadian singer-songwriter. While hard core Cohenites will find little new information, the presentation is replete with well-integrated, significant details. The arguments are unusually cogent and occasionally spiced with benign irreverence.
From the YouTube description:
In this continuing series on rock legends and religion on October 22, 2014, Shalom Goldman, Professor of Religious Studies at Duke University, discusses the work of legendary song-writer and musician, Leonard Cohen. Folksinger Lisa Deaton and musicians from the Duke Divinity School faculty will accompany Goldman in this multimedia event that focuses on religion and culture in Cohen’s music and life.
Note: Although the presentation took place Oct 22, 2014, it appeared on YouTube only yesterday, Dec 11, 2014.
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.