The 2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour required only eight days and five concerts to generate not only accolades for the music from the press, the critics, and the fans but also, as noted in yesterday’s survey of reviews of the Lissadell House concerts, acclamations of religious experiences, transcendence, and mystic ecstasy. In addition, some listeners have attached cosmic significance to the new song, “Born In Chains,” that was first performed during this period.
In short, Leonard Cohen has been immersed in respectful adoration and is now treated with a degree of genuine reverence unmatched by any living pop music artist.
Ongoing readers know what that means.
Yep, it’s once again time for Heck Of A Guy to rescue Leonard Cohen from his self-wrought veneration overdose.
Why? Well, we can start with Mr. Cohen’s own perfectly acceptable lyrics from “Anthem:”
There is a crack, a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.
As is his wont, DrHGuy has improved the singer-songwriter’s efforts, elevating that precept into profundity and, in the process, clarifying the Heck Of A Guy mission:
There is a crack, a wisecrack that is, in everything,
And sometimes that’s how the light gets in.
The Ladies’ Man Video Project
Now, DrHGuy does not go for the cheap laugh at the expense of others – unless it’s really, really funny. In any case, rather than ridicule Leonard Cohen, the goal was to focus on a perspective that would be a legitimate, equally valid alternative to the current tsunami of hyper-reverence. After arduous and prolonged minutes of thought, the path became evident. Consequently, as an antidote to all those recent reviews and videos portraying Leonard Cohen as a musical deity and the poetic successor of Yeats, Heck Of A Guy offers, with assistance from Randy Newman and Etta James, a look at Leonard Cohen As Hunk.1
The Ladies’ Man Keeps His Hat On
- Admittedly, this aspect of Leonard Cohen may hold disproportionate interest to the ladies. But, that seems fair – one can’t very well be a Ladies’ Man without the participation of the ladies. [↩]