Never Got To Love You – Another Leonard Cohen-Anjani Duet You (Probably) Haven't Heard

From Anjani’s 31 March 2007 Warsaw Concert

Leonard Cohen and Anjani1 Sing Never Got To Love You

The Leonard Cohen Presents Anjani Warsaw Concert consists of Anjani’s solo performances of seven songs from Blue Alert and two duets featuring her and Leonard Cohen.

One of those duets, Whither Thou Goest, closes the program and was posted on this site on 2 April 2007 in The Best Leonard Cohen – Anjani Duet You’ve (Probably) Never Heard.

The other Warsaw Concert duet is Never Got To Love You, which is, of course, sung by Anjani alone on the Blue Alert album. While I am profoundly moved by Whither Thou Goest, by what it evokes from my own life as well as by the performance itself,  Never Got To Love You is an alluring, powerful musical statement of longing, sadness, and personal courage in the face of unfulfilled hope.

Anjani and Leonard Cohen – Never Got To Love You

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DrHGuy-Anjani Flirtation, Leonard Cohen Adulation , & Anjani’s Warsaw Concert Coverage

The road to the Heck Of A Guy Warsaw Concert posts began last July when I wrote a heartfelt, adoring review of Blue Alert.

In addition to an erudite musicological analysis, that post also included references (also heartfelt and adoring as all get-out, if arguably tinged with a tad of smart-aleckedness) to the nature of the relationship between “Lenny & Anji,” the similarity between my serendipitous discovery of the Blue Alert album and the blind date that led to the catastrophe known as my first marriage, and my fantasy of simultaneously bedding Anjani and two other female singers.2

I became a tad anxious when I noticed that the first comment to that post was from Anjani herself. As it turned out, however, Anjani, naturally enough, was smitten by my epistolary charm, and there ensued an cyber-exchange of bantering repartee, provocative challenges and parries, sexual innuendo, and general all-around snarkiness, in which Anjanikins gave as good as she got. The dramatic arc and the pertinent posts are described in Anjani And DrHGuy FAQ.

The second necessary element is the series of posts on Leonard Cohen I’ve sporadically published under the oddly appropriate Leonard Cohen category heading. Because the important material about his life and work was already obsessively covered by the uber-fans of the web-ring sites dedicated to Leonard Cohen, my blog entries have typically focused on isolated, tangential – or confabulated – points. Characteristic examples from this group include the use of Cohen’s music in movies about strippers, the Dance Me To The End Of Love video starring Quentin Tarantino, Cohen singing Elvis’s Rolls Royce and my personal favorite, 10 Fake Items About Leonard Cohen.

A rare (i.e., nonexistent) photo of Leonard Cohen, Elvis Presley, and Elvis's Rolls Royce.

I had also written about my odyssey tracking down the rare recording of Cohen’s Do I Have To Dance All Night, AKA The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve (Probably) Never Heard. That post attracted the attention and interest of Apolinary POlek, that self-same individual who was the Heck Of A Guy Polish Connection for this Concert (see below). Simple, eh?

Today’s post is part of the sequence of Heck Of A Guy blog entries dealing with the Leonard Cohen Presents Anjani concert that took place at the Agnieszka Osiecka Studio in Warsaw, Poland on 31 March 2007 and was broadcast live on Trójka Radio. Apolinary POlek alerted readers to the availability of the broadcast and provided links to photos and a recording of the pre-concert interview with Anjani and Cohen on the Trójka Radio site; he has also graciously shared his recordings of the concert itself.
Previous Leonard Cohen Presents Anjani Posts:

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I would appreciate it if links to the Heck Of A Guy blog identified it by name and used the post’s permalink rather than a tinyurl or some other modified URL. Alternative forms of gratitude and compensation, including cash, negotiable bonds, jewels, precious metals, free lawn care, home-cooked meals, and Italian villas are also acceptable, but offering appropriate credit seems simpler and would be fully satisfactory.

  1. Anjani and Anjani Thomas: An Aside On Names: >Anjaniand Anjani Thomas are, for the purposes of the Heck of a Guy blog, synonymous names, both of which refer to the exotically lovely, dulcet-voiced singer best known for her Blue Alert CD and her long-term relationship with Leonard Cohen. I include this clarification on posts about Anjani-Anjani Thomas in part for the purpose of what the folks at Wikipedia call disambiguation (i.e., to positively identify for the reader and remove any doubts the reader might have about which Anjani of all the possible Anjanis is being discussed) and in part to aid and abet the search engines. While a rose is, famously, a rose is a rose, a “tea rose,” for example, is not exactly the same as a “rose” – especially to a search engine. Searches that include “Anjani” as part of the search terms may not produce the same results as the same search terms other with “Anjani Thomas” substituted for “Anjani.” Should any other Anjani, say one who has not produced a CD called “Blue Alert” or one who has not been associated with Leonard Cohen for the decade, I promise to do my best to make that identification clear as well. []
  2. The identities of the two other singers became a matter of negotiation between Anjani and me, shifting among permutations of Tanita Tikaram, Holly Cole, Tina Turner, and Joan Jett, among others. []

0 responses to “Never Got To Love You – Another Leonard Cohen-Anjani Duet You (Probably) Haven't Heard

  1. Anjani, Anjani, Anjani. Sigh, you are aware that bringing up a darkly beautiful chanteuse has somewhat of a dampening effect upon the ardor of tone deaf, grease stained, Heck of a Guy fan wanna bes’?

    Side note: I think that the apostrophe belongs there, if not please add illiterate between tone deaf and grease stained.

    Oh, and my link to your page is “Heck of a Guy” is that non-offensive?