I love to hear an old guy lei out his situation ~Leonard Cohen
Note: This post commemorating the eighth anniversary of 1HeckOfAGuy.com notwithstanding, the Heck Of A Guy blog and DrHGuy.com remain officially on hiatus until DrHGuy & The Duchess return from their Hawaiian sojourn later this week.
Source: The modestly hawaiianized Leonard Cohen quote in its original form was a comment he made about George Jones1
DrHGuy & The Duchess are implementing an alternative strategy to manage the inclement winter weather that has afflicted the region – running away. We will shortly depart for a sojourn on Maui. Consequently, posting at DrHGuy.com and 1HeckOfAGuy.com will cease until early March.
To evoke a Leonard Cohen-Hawaiian vibe, I’m offering the Leonard Cohen Is Coming To Hawaii video, created in anticipation of the first ever Leonard Cohen performance in Hawaii on December 4, 2010. A few hours after this video was posted, the Hawaii concert was canceled. One hopes Duchess & I are are more successful on our journey. In any case, I have a paucity of Cohen-Hawaii posts from which to choose (and, yes, I want to get some use from this video).
Once Upon A Time, Before 1HeckOfAGuy.com Became The Ne Plus Ultra of Leonard Cohen Sites…
This site held other attractions, including special Christmas posts. Indeed, Heck Of A Guy has been around long enough to accumulate quite a few holiday posts worth sharing. Today’s offering features an old-fashioned holiday snowglobe that goes back seven full years (who remembers 2006? wasn’t it great?).
The Heck Of A Guy Snow Globe was first posted December 20, 2006, accompanied by this description:
… the Heck Of A Guy blog now offers, for your viewing pleasure and DrHGuy’s (much deserved) aggrandizement, the perpetually post-shaken1 snowstorm simulation we like to call One Heck Of A Snow Globe
Warning: It is not only unnecessary but potentially counterproductive to lift, shake, and otherwise agitate ones computer to produce the Potemkin snowstorm, which, through the Christmas miracle of Flash animation, is self-sustaining. [↩]
After spending the past month living in a Residence Inn on the Left Coast in order to work six days a week on a business project, The Duchess is even now en route to Raleigh-Durham International Airport, where we will meet and I will transport her home.
In not unrelated news, posting at DrHGuy.com and 1HeckOfAGuy.com will be significantly reduced for an indeterminate period.
Do I Have To Dance All Night Surpasses 70,000 Views
"Do I Have To Dance All Night" was performed many times in concerts but was never released in the US.
As part of my crusade to popularize this song, I've cobbled together 2 videos - one for the semi-funky 1976 version with Laura Branigan and one for the 1980 more gypsy, less disco version - that kinda sorta fit the music.
As of Dec 19, 2012, the video of the 1976 version of Do I Have To Dance All Night has been viewed 70,152 times.
Leonard Cohen’s Elegy For Janis Joplin – Chelsea Hotel #1
This video features the first version of the song Leonard Cohen would later revise into "Chelsea Hotel #2" along with images of Leonard Cohen, Janis Joplin - whose liaison with Cohen at the Chelsea Hotel led to the creation of the song, the Hotel itself, and other associated people & places.
Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen had a fling in the 1960s that, for unspecified reasons, was short-lived, with Cohen instigating the parting.
It was then and is now a complex connection. In 1988, Cohen said, I'm still very friendly with Joni - I had dinner with her before the tour, and I have the same admiration for her as you do. But I think it was Noel Harrison who came up to me in the LA Troubadour and said "How do you like living with Beethoven?"
Photos of or related to Leonard Cohen that fall into specific themes have been among the ongoing features at DrHGuy, HOAG's sibling site. Galleries displaying collected images of 3 of these themes are now available at
And We’re Still Making Love In My Secret Life – Julie’s Story & Video
... I never had a chance. I was - and this is the only word that fits - smitten. I still am.
She was smart and quick-witted, although it would take me 3 years to recognize that she was, in fact, much smarter than me, and then another 2 years to forgive her for that. She was also good-looking and unabashedly sexy.
And, we fell madly, irredeemably, unflinchingly in love.
Complementing the unlikely story of how Julie and I met, fell in love, and - 9 years, 2 husbands, 1 wife, and 2 careers later - got together to spend an outrageously wonderful 20 years together before her death, a video, set to the poignant "In My Secret Life" by Leonard Cohen and Sharon Robinson, is now available that evokes the role Julie, who died 10 years ago, continues to play in my life.
This Heck Of A Guy compilation includes unreleased Leonard Cohen performances over a 30+ year period.
Track List: Vol 1
1. Feels So Good (The Other Blues Song)
2. Book Of Longing
3. The Darkness
6. Do I Have to Dance All Night (1976)
7. Blues By The Jews
Track List: Vol 2
1. Red River Valley
2. Never Got To Love You (Duet with Anjani)
3. Can't Help Falling In Love
4. Ride Around
5. The Union Makes Us Strong
6. We Shall Not Be Moved
7. To Love Somebody
8. The Hypnotist (Poem)
9. Chelsea Hotel #1
10. There's No Reason Why You Should Remember Me
11. Streets Of Laredo
12. Do I Have To Dance All Night (1980)
Now, Another Other Leonard Cohen Album, the second collection of unreleased Leonard Cohen songs joins the popular The Other Leonard Cohen Album to offer fans of the iconic singer-songwriter a total of 3 CDs of musical treats. Another Other Leonard Cohen Album includes the following tracks plus liner notes by Sylvie Simmons.
1. Je Veux Vivre Tout Seul
2. Kevin Barry
3. Die Gedanken Sind Frei
4. Store Room
5. As Time Goes By
6. Don’t Go Home with Your Hard-on
7. Blessed is the Memory
8. Silent Night
9. Dead Song
10. Another Saturday Night
11. Ballad of the Absent Mare
13. The Butcher
14. Un As Der Rebbe Singt
15. Song to the Machines
16. If It Be Your Will
17. Thirsty for the Kiss
18. A Thousand Kisses Deep
19. I Tried To Leave You
20. Whither Thou Goest
21. Mr Cohen Must Be Going