Around The Leonard Cohen World Tour In 60 Seconds

Time For Leonard Cohen

Even the casual  Leonard Cohen fan1 is aware that the Canadian poet-novelist-singer-songwriter-icon is not the most efficient entertainer.

And the prime example of his ponderous pace is the recently completed three-year tour comprising three to four hour concerts. Who has the time necessary to relive the glories of the 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour?

As Heck Of A Guy readers have come to expect, DrHGuy has, once again, reconfigured time and space to make it possible for even the busiest CEO, the most harassed flunky, the most put-upon house spouse, and the most impatient youngster to enjoy and appreciate the World Tour.

Now, goodness knows, DrHGuy is no Lenny-come-lately to this battle against time.  His PowerPoint versions of First We Take Manhattan and Take This Waltz, for example, cut the time needed to experience either song from over six minutes  to one to three minutes.

Leonard Cohen - Dublin 2011?

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And, DrHGuy’s existent video celebrations of the World Tour compress months of concerts into audio-visual extravaganzas requiring less than 10 minutes to view:

The Ne Plus Ultra Condensed 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour Video

Such efforts, however, pale in comparison to the current project – crunching the entire 2008-2010 Leonard Cohen World Tour, including the events that triggered the Tour, into one 60 second video

As one might expect, given the reformatting of the fundamental elements of time and space necessary in creating this piece, viewing this video is not without its risks. Those with a history of heavy hallucinogen use and anyone who spent more than 30 consecutive days in San Francisco during the 1960s may experience flashbacks. Those vulnerable to vertigo or motion-induced nausea should contact their physicians before viewing the presentation and may find a prophylactic dose of Dramamine helpful.

Further, rigorous focus is required. Blinking is discouraged.  Be alert.

Around The Leonard Cohen World Tour In 60 Seconds

  1. The “casual Leonard Cohen fan” is, of course, a hypothetical if not totally fictional figure, not unlike the unicorn, which perhaps could exist but has yet to be verifiably sighted. In practice, those who admire Leonard Cohen can be divided into two groups, the hard core Cohenites and the ABTKA (All But The Kool-Aid) Cohen fans. (And, yes, I know Leonard doesn’t like to call his followers “fans,” but he doesn’t have to post on a blog every day, does he? If I only had to write a handful of songs every decade or so, I could avoid using “fans” too.) []

5 responses to “Around The Leonard Cohen World Tour In 60 Seconds

  1. Christine Roberts

    This put-upon house spouse has enjoyed two of the videos immensly Dr. H. but the power point version of ‘Manhattan’ comes up as a private video here, even on YouTube.

    • The video (an actual performance rather than the Powerpoint version) was taken private by the videographer. I’ve now replaced it with the video of the Rosemont Theatre (Chicago) performance of October 29, 2009.

  2. Christine Roberts

    Excellent-thanks Dr. H., I didn’t want to miss anything:-)

  3. As fans go, you rock Dr Heck!

    Thanks for more good stuff.

  4. Your perspectives are varied and always unique, Allan. Thanks for adding a new one!

    Thanks for the synopsis. LOVE the beginning set-up!