Thank You Leonard Cohen and Duchess Of Durham For The Wedding Gifts

The Leonard Cohen Wedding Theme

I guess they won’t exchange the gifts
That you were meant to keep.
– From A Thousand Kisses Deep by Leonard Cohen

It’s an amazing thing – the Duchess of Durham not only persists in her profession that she will marry me tomorrow but has also arranged for me to receive a couple of especially endearing and impressive gifts in celebration of the impending nuptials. Atop this post is a photo that may well be recognized by Heck Of A Guy readers, friends, family, casual acquaintances, Leonard Cohen fans, that Indiana State Police officer who stopped me to chat about my predilection for traveling at a velocity considerably in excess of the posted speed limit, …

Now, the photo of Leonard Cohen and me isn’t new. It was taken backstage by Lorca Cohen before  the October 29, 2009 Leonard Cohen Chicago Rosemont Theatre concert.1 What is new, however, is that inscription on the photo (dated August 27, 2011, when our wedding is scheduled).

Similarly, I already owned the record sleeve of Do I Have To Dance All Night, a 1976 Leonard Cohen song never released on an album but published as a 45 rpm record for sale in central Europe, the propagation of which throughout the cosmos has become my primary moral imperative.2 It’s the note from Leonard that has been added.

Bonus: Book Of Mercy By Leonard Cohen

The word on Boogie Street is that Leonard Cohen is a gracious fellow.

He has, in fact, previously written a brief note to me, employing the title page of his Book Of Longing as stationery.3

Consequently, one supposes it should be no surprise that, in addition to autographing the photo and record sleeve  as requested by the Duchess, this blog’s favorite and featured Canadian singer-songwriter-poet-novelist-icon also included in the return mailing a copy of his Book Of Mercy with another note and autograph.

Nonetheless, the Duchess informs me that she is a tad overwhelmed by this wondrous lagniappe from the man whose music and poetry played no minor role in the courtship that led to tomorrow’s wedding.

I Tried To Leave You – For A Bit

What with the wedding, a quickie honeymoon, the bureaucratic obstacle course (changing insurance beneficiaries, adding names to leases and contracts, etc.), and all, Heck Of A Guy will be on hiatus for the next 5-7 days, after which new posts will again begin appearing here, still working for your smile.

Credit Due Department: Special thanks and gratitude are owed and hereby proffered to Kezban Washington, Leonard Cohen’s Assistant, who went far beyond her job description in colluding with the Duchess to assure that these autographs were executed, prepared, packaged, and shipped in timely fashion, extending in the process courtesy and warmth.

  1. See How To Win Friends And Impress Strangers With A Little Help From Lorca & Leonard Cohen []
  2. See The Best Leonard Cohen Song You’ve Never Heard (Probably) []
  3. 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 []

11 Responses to Thank You Leonard Cohen and Duchess Of Durham For The Wedding Gifts

  1. Wonderful gifts Allan and Penny. Thanks for sharing them.

    Big Hugs and Best Wishes from Dick and Linda

  2. Christine Roberts

    How simply marvellous!-great that you have shared these special items; thanks Dr. H.

  3. Thanks for sharing your wonderful gifts. I will be thinking about you and Penny tomorrow and will raise a glass in your honour. Congrats, to you both.

  4. Allan, thanks for sharing these fabulous gifts from your thoughtful and delightfully sneaky bride.

    We shall be toasting your special day tomorrow!
    Cin-cin! Santé! ¡Salud!

    C & S

  5. Allan & Penny, every best wish for tomorrow, may you have a long and happy life together. Thank you for taking the time to share these wonderful gifts with us, you are blessed indeed. L

  6. Mandy MacLeod

    Allan & Penny, best wishes for your wedding tomorrow and for the years to come.
    Thanks for sharing these wonderful gifts. We’ll toast your wedding with chockolodka. M & M

  7. Gwen aka musicmania

    Wishing you a wonderful day tomorrow and thanks so much for sharing this with us today!

  8. Congratulations!!!! All the best for you.

  9. Congratulations, Penny and Allan!!!
    Sovet vam da ljubov’!
    (“advice & love to you”)

  10. Hope your wedding went well,

    You have an amazing wife to have organised those!

  11. What awesome gifts you received! I sincerely hope you’re special day will always remain ‘special’.