When the calendar shows only one shopping day left until DrHGuy’s birthday, Heck Of A Guy traditionally offers readers a Halloween distraction to bind the anxiety generated by the anticipation of tomorrow’s double holiday: All Saints Day and DrHGuy’s natal celebration.1 If you’ve already purchased and wrapped your birthday gift, feel free to indulge in this year’s Heck Of A Guy Halloween Hodgepodge, starring Leonard Cohen, Allison Crowe, and the most twisted Jack-o’-lanterns you’re likely to come across.
The Leonard Cohen Mask
If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you
Find print it yourself masks of Leonard Cohen, Anjani, and Phil Spector at If You Want I’ll Wear A Leonard Cohen Mask For You
The Lost Leonard Cohen Album – Songs Of Love & Halloween
Leonard Cohen and his record company have consistently denied the existence of Songs of Love and Halloween, but to this day, those passing by a certain Montreal warehouse near the harbor after sunset on October 31st report hearing a low-pitched, gravelly voice singing – or wailing – about the woman who “… cut off my head on the unmade bed”
Read the complete story at The Lost Leonard Cohen Album – Songs Of Love And Halloween
Allison Crowe Contributes Skeletons and Spirits
Adrian du Plessis, Manager of Allison Crowe Music, has uploaded a season-appropriate tune from Allison Crowe, currently working on a new album, Spiral. The YouTube description is itself replete with horrifying puns. Consider yourselves warned.
A song in the key of Hallowe’en, a favourite holiday for musician Allison Crowe. Playing piano since age five and singing, almost as long, Crowe, inspired by Ani DiFranco and Loreena McKennitt, materialized her own record label in 2003. She’s now brewing her seventh album/CD, “Spiral”.
You could say Crowe is very ghoul-oriented.
“Allison Chains” (voice, piano) is linked to this track for eternity, with Dave “The Damned” Baird (bass), and Laurent “The Butcher” Boucher (percussion). This version is heard on “This Little Bird”, a CD for which Billie “The Wicca” Woods shot the cover. (Woods’ many portraits are fit to be hung in gallowries worldwide.)
Keeping an eye on all things newt, let us toast those musicians from the Netherlands to America, ‘cross Canada, en France and beyond – who’ve covered this song, including: Dhenzy, Victoria Venom, Lucresa, the friend of “dudelookslikealady2″, Natouchka38, Briauna Marijuana, and Eilish (estarhart).
From the brain of Logan Anschell comes just the right interjection – for those about to enjoy this musical treat. It’s the same thing, he whispers, a skeleton says to a vampire at dinner time:
May this raise your spirits ( :
Skeletons and Spirits ~ Allison Crowe (Happy Halloween)
Those Incredible Pumpkin-carvings
During the short existence of Heck Of A Guy, we’ve been privileged to showcase some spectacular examples of traditional, artistic, and just plain bizarre pumpkin-carving.
- Pumpkins, Pictures, Presents: Prep For Halloween
- Extreme Pumpkins #1 Heck Of A Guy Pumpkin Carving Site For 3rd Year
- Gorgeously Macabre Pumpkin Carvings
- All Saints Day Eve – AKA Halloween
The Jack-o’-lantern Gallery
- DrHGuy 2008 Pumpkin Carving Gallery #1
- DrHGuy 2008 Pumpkin Carving Gallery #2
- DrHGuy 2008 Pumpkin Carving Gallery #3
- DrHGuy 2008 Pumpkin Carving Gallery #4
- DrHGuy 2008 Pumpkin Carving Gallery #5
- DrHGuy 2008 Pumpkin Carving Gallery #6
- One who speaks of himself or herself in the third person is, it turns out, an illeist, according to the inevitably reliable Anu Garg at words-at-wordsmith.org. DrHGuy is fascinated by this discovery and hopes you are as well. [↩]