Happy Birthday, Leonard
I don’t want to miss this final opportunity to say “Happy 75th” to Leonard Cohen. Consequently, I’m re-posting the Leonard Cohen At 75 Birthday Video I put together because – well, because it took some time to construct this sucker and its value will diminish massively at midnight tonight so this is my last chance until next year’s celebration of Cohen’s birth to promote it.1 And today is, after all, Leonard Cohen’s birthday.
The Leonard Cohen At 75 Birthday Video
I am also including, as part of the festivities, the classic Beatles “Birthday” as performed by Paul McCartney, just for the fun of it.
Paul McCartney – Birthday
- I continue to receive email asking about the story behind the inscription from Leonard Cohen to me on the title page of Book Of Longing shown in the video. As a result, I am including that anecdote here although I have listed it previously in the “comments” section:
It’s just another re-enactment of the age-old story:
Boy (that would be me) finds girl (Anjani) while writing a review of girl’s new album (Blue Alert). Boy, on reading comparison of girl to Holly Cole and Tanita Tikaram, makes the obvious move, using the first part of the review to suggest a four-way consisting of him and the three female singers. Girl leaves comment, thanking boy for positive review. Boy publishes post interpreting girl’s comment as indication girl is torn between running to him and staying with her boyfriend, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Lenny Kravitz, Leonard Nimoy, … Lennie somebody. Negotiations ensue re four-way Vs three-way and personnel composition of each but eventually girl sends a ”Dear DrHGuy” letter and it’s splitsville. Boy gets autographed poetry volume from boyfriend/poet as consolation prize.
It’s the kind of thing that happens every day.
The full story can be found at Anjani-DrHGuy FAQ [↩]