The Leonard Cohen Christmas Album

Leonard Cohen MOJO Cover Proposal - Heck Of A Guy Graphics

The Sometimes Surprising Christmas Album Catalog

While provoking a bit of buzz, Bob Dylan’s Christmas album is not even close to the most unexpected holiday music offering.

In that esteemed group of unanticipated carol collections are, for example, Twisted Sister’s “Twisted Christmas,” Jethro Tull’s “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album,” “A John Waters Christmas” by various artists, Afroman’s “A Colt 45 Christmas,” and William Hung’s “Hung For The Holidays.”

Formidable as such exemplars may be, the leading contender for the most surprising performer to produce a holiday CD  could well be the Jewish Canadian poet, novelist, singer-songwriter, and icon, Leonard Cohen.

The Leonard Cohen Christmas Project

Leonard Cohen’s songs and albums are often the result of long gestations. “I’m Your Man” was an album three years in the making.1 “Hallelujah” alone, Cohen attests, took over two years to complete. “In My Secret Life” required 13 years to progress from conception to release – even with Sharon Robinson helping. 2

Nonetheless, even Cohen’s stalwart fans can be forgiven if they despair over his Christmas compilation, which is now in its 30th year with only one song to show for the effort.

One has to be patient (but if it helps, I’m wiling to donate my art from the Heck Of A Guy MOJO cover proposal that appears atop this post).

Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes – Silent Night

This Leonard Cohen-Jennifer Warnes duet was recorded at the December 15, 1979 Brighton, England concert.3

Update 30 November 2011: The original audio track has been incorporated into the video embedded below.

  1. Mark Rowland, Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough. Musician, July 1988. []
  2. stupid and contagious, Leonard Cohen: In My Secret Life, July 5, 2009 []
  3. Rare Live Songs []

2 responses to “The Leonard Cohen Christmas Album

  1. We’ve got the patience

    Want the Cohen Christmas compliation even if Leonard and Lorca design a more dignified cover…. :-)

  2. John Etherington

    Now Santa Claus comes forward and hey – that’s a fedora in his mit!