Later this morning the Duchess of Durham and I will take delivery of the 99 (yes, we counted – twice) boxes of unsorted books that have been in storage in Chicago the past five years.
These represent the remains of the library previously housed at a former, much larger domicile. A portion of the upstairs section of that library can be seen below in the background of my demonstration of the dismount from the walker to which I was chained while recovering from a broken hip.1
Dismount From Pommel Walker
We calculate we have enough empty shelf space to accommodate about two-thirds of those volumes.
I hope to resume less bookish postings in the next two or three days.
Yesterday’s post acknowledged that Da Bear from the outstanding Bearly Rambling site bestowed upon Heck Of A Guy the prestigious Liebster Blog Award, earning DrHGuy the opportunity and the duty to designate and anoint the next five winners.
The full set of Liebster Blog Award regulations follow:
Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
Allison Crowe: Allison Crowe’s official site not only offers information, videos, and music about the next Canadian singer-songwriter but not infrequently issues a shout-out to other artists that have left an impression on Ms Crowe, including Leonard Cohen. In any case, Adrian du Plessis, who serves both as Allison’s personable manager and webmaster of the site writes prose that is entertaining, informed, and, on occasion, not unlike pirate lingo.
Arlene’s Leonard Cohen Scrapbook: Arlene Dick is not only a fine reporter and videographer but also an incredibly astute and pithy blogger. Her posts are smart, well written, and idiosyncratically insightful.
Celebrate Your Inner Fabiola! and View From A Farmhouse Window Too: Mary Wilson is an artist who blogs as “Mary” and as “Fabiola,” each of whom claim the other is her alter ego. She also performs more hard labor than any three men I know, routinely drives and maintains construction and farm equipment, and is one of the smartest people I’ve met. She writes about getting through the day on an isolated farm with grace, style, and wit.
Current Cohen: Current Cohen is the gateway to Hermitage Prisoner’s (aka Roman Gavrilin) Holy Cyber-Cohen Empire, which includesCohenscope, (a sophisticated but easy to use tool with links to and feeds from high quality sources of timely information pertinent to the work of Leonard Cohen), Abstractor Of The Quintessence (collects of artistic work, ranging from dance to videography to satiric verse to painting, based on, inspired by, or responding to Leonard Cohen’s music, poetry, and prose), Leonard Cohen Goes Commercial (a video collection of more than 40 TV ads that employ Leonard Cohen’s music or Leonard Cohen himself), and Old Ideas (the pre-release history of the 12th studio album by Leonard Cohen. From Summer 2011 rumors to January 2012 updates)
Sweet Cottage Charm: Judy Green’s impressively eclectic site focuses on her amazing photography but also features crafts, architecture, and, yes, a Leonard Cohen post or two. It is a delight.
The policy indicates that blogs selected should have fewer than 200 followers, but this appears to be uniformly ignored. [↩]
Da Bear from the outstanding Bearly Rambling site has indeed bestowed upon Heck Of A Guy the prestigious Liebster Blog Award, graciously describing this site as follows:
Heck of a Guy: my daily fix of Leonard Cohen. This guy is everything Cohen. If you love Leonard then you must love this Guy.I take my daily dose of 1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch, 1 Beer, 1Heckofaguy.com.
The Liebster Blog Award is – well, it’s a bit of a mystery. No one seems to know when or where it originated. Several winners speculated that “liebster” points to Germany. The online English-German dictionary offers these English equivalents of “liebster:”
My own searches for a source were unrequited. Most posts mentioning the award seem to be dated in the past year or so.
While the origins of the Liebster Blog Award are obscure, the rules associated with it are well codified:
Thank your Liebster Blog Award presenter on your blog.
The first Heck Of A Guy post was published March 3, 2006; the 2501st Heck Of A Guy post is the one before you now.
Also on the Heck Of A Guy site are 89 pages,1 308 tags,2 and too many footnotes to count.
The Heck Of A Guy sister site, DrHGuy, has itself accumulated 2272 posts. Heck Of A Guy also sponsors the specialized Leonard Cohen search and directory site, LeonardCohenSearch, and the DrHGuy YouTube channel with over 50 video uploads.3
A server glitch took this site (and others) offline for 12 hours yesterday. This is the explanation I received by email:
As you may be aware there was a failure on the server platform earlier today. This appears to be linked to a filesystem issue on the cloud storage. As such we have taken the decision to roll back to a backup of the cloud hosting platform that is 2 days old to allow sites to be restored.
** We aim to restore the full cloud platform, with current data, within 12-24 hours **
Well, it turns out I was aware my site had disappeared – as were scores of would be viewers who alerted me to the problem.
What the message means, I think, is that this idealized vision of Cloud Storage:
became this reality:
Actually, the scene that came to mind was this:
Cleaning Up After The Storm
At the time of this posting, the Heck Of A Guy site looks like it did two days ago (February 2, 2012); the posts, comments, and edits completed after February 2, 2012 (except for the post you are now reading) are missing. The updated site (i.e., as it was just before the catastrophe yesterday) will, I am assured, be back in place today.
DrHGuy and The Duchess are indeed departing for the sun-drenched shores of Kaanapali Beach to celebrate their nuptials.1 One consequence of this event is that both the Heck Of A Guy and DrHGuy sites will be dormant until our return in February.2 While The Duchess and DrHGuy are wild for Leonard Cohen, it is, as they say in those post-calculus math courses, intuitively apparent that the marriage would be best served by DrHGuy attending to the business at hand (make your own joke) rather than pounding out posts.
That does not, however, mean that matters Cohen will be entirely forgotten in the next week or two. In fact, this occasion had led to another installment of Cohenphilic Personality Disorder symptoms. That’s right, …
When packing for your your honeymoon in Maui, you find yourself thinking
Is it enough to take two iPods filled with every song Leonard Cohen has performed plus all the songs recorded by his backup singers as well as a significant fraction of the 2000+ covers of Cohen’s music – or do we also pack the Complete Columbia Album Collection CD set, just in case?
How likely is it that there is a hula danced to “Sisters Of Mercy?”
If Leonard had been raised in Lahaina instead of Montreal, would his imagery and tone have been different? Instead of “You see I’m just another snowman / Standing in the rain and sleet.,” would it have been “You see I’m just another surfer / Catching a few rays and waves?” Instead of “Avalanche,” would he have written a song called “Brief Period Of Showers This Morning With Sunshine Returning By Noon?” Instead of “The Guests,” would it have been “The Tourists?” Would there have been a song about his “Famous Blue Swim Trunks?” Would those audiences in Dublin have sung along with “Aloha, Marianne?” How about “First We Take Koolaupoko?”
What sort of lei goes best with a black suit and fedora?
How would Anjani’s family feel about fans dropping in to say Thanks For The Dance?
Is there any bad karma left from the cancelled 2010 concert?
What are the chances that an Hawaiian slack key guitar band taking requests will know “Do I Have To Dance All Night?”
For DrHGuy, this is a case of third marriage, first honeymoon. [↩]
Yes, that means Heck Of A Guy will be closed when the Old Ideas album is released in the US. By the time the release dates were made public, the airline and hotel reservations had been made. Once again, we all suffer when NOBODY TELLS DRHGUY NOTHIN’. [↩]
One reference page with links to the best and most useful Leonard Cohen online resources: discography, concordance, articles, press coverage, humor, ...
Latest Addition: Symposium for English Language Jewish Writers - June 7th, 1964 (audio recording) Leonard Cohen is a provocative member of a panel discussing what it means to be a Canadian, a Jew, & a writer.
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?"
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.
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
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.