Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck #8: The Private Leonard Cohen Concert

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Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin Soundcheck – From left to right: Leonard Cohen, Duchess Of Durham aka Penny Showalter, DrHGuy aka Allan Showalter.

Attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck1 is enlightening, instructive, and inspiring, but most of all, it’s fun. The Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck series is a collection of individual instances that manifest this principle.

Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck #8: The Private Leonard Cohen Concert

When the venue is indoors, the entire audience2  at a Leonard Cohen soundcheck often comprises no more than two people.  Such is the case in the photo atop this post, taken at the  Oct 31, 2012 Leonard Cohen Austin Soundcheck.  The only occupied seats in the auditorium of Bass Concert Hall are those two in the right lower corner on which Duchess & I were perched. Two observations from that  and similar events follow:

  1. If you bring a romantic interest as a guest to a Leonard Cohen soundcheck for which you are the only civilians and you don’t get lucky after the show, you should reassess your relationship with that guest.
  2. If you note, while attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck, that at some point you do not feel bedazzled, just sit quietly – you have died and there is no reason to disturb your companion.

In her show, “Wishful Drinking,” Carrie Fisher explains that the song “She Moves On” written by her ex-husband, Paul Simon, is about her; she then advises the audience that

If you ever get a chance to have Paul Simon write a song about you, I hope you’ll please say Yes.

In the same spirit, I offer the equally superfluous admonition:

If you ever get a chance to attend a Leonard Cohen soundcheck, I hope you’ll please say Yes.

Now, if you can get Paul Simon to write a song about you attending a Leonard Cohen soundcheck, …

Credit Due Department: Photo posted by Joey Carenza at Notes From The Road

  1. The technical definition of soundcheck from Wikipedia follows: A soundcheck is the preparation that takes place before a concert, speech, or similar performance, when the performer and the sound crew run through a small portion of the upcoming show on the venue’s sound system to make sure that the sound in the venue’s “Front Of House” and stage monitor sound systems is clear and at the right volume and tonal frequencies. []
  2. if there is an audience at all []

2 responses to “Joys Of The Leonard Cohen Soundcheck #8: The Private Leonard Cohen Concert

  1. Peter Offermann

    Very great picture!
    Red River Cowboy sings his paradoxicaly dark but enligthening blues to his favourite follower and his duchess of old durham town alone in a maybe well sounding area

  2. Elizabeth Bacon-Smith

    Love this entry beyond measure, Allan.
    Good on you and the Duchess.
    Pithy comments, as well ;)