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Happy Holidays

Because of celebrations with family and friends, posting at the DrHGuy and Heck Of A Guy sites is likely to be sporadic or absent altogether until the end of this week.

To those who have generously contributed to this site, to those who read these entries, and to those who are burdened with serving as subjects for these posts, Duchess & DrHGuy wish you the most splendid of holidays.

It’s The Most Chocolodka Time Of The Year

Over the years, DrHGuy has explored, as he is wont to do, the sleigh path less traveled to holiday revelry, and, not being the kind of chap to keep such joyfulness to himself, he annually shares with readers his favorite Yuletide embellishments.

Chief among these tidings of joy is the opening of the Season Of Chocolodka. a time which offers hope to the weary masses and solace to all humankind.

Gentle reader, would your life be enhanced by an elixir that

  1. Is intoxicatingly delicious and deliciously intoxicating?
  2. Makes any event an occasion and any occasion an event – occasionally or eventually?
  3. Convinces your sweetie that making snow angels naked while you videotape the event qualifies as madcap merriment?
  4. Persuades you and perhaps even other (also elixir-ingesting) individuals that you are a fuuuuuuunnnnn sort of guy or gal?
  5. Infuses your empty, barren life with meaning, love, and joy?

Well, Bunkie, if you’ll settle for four out of five, then I’ve got just the thing for you, a little something I like to think of as 1

chocolodka_announcement

The original post with the full set of instructions for Chocolodka is at The Quintessential Chocolate Vodka – ChocolodkaAn instructional video is now available at How To Make The Original Chocolodka – The Video.

Chocolodka Chantilly Snaps – Contributed by Coco Éclair

The complete set of information about Chocolodka, including links to all Heck Of A Guy Chocolodka posts and recipes revealed by The Chocolodka Goddesses, Coco Éclair and Duchess of Durham, for delicacies employing Chocolodka such as the treats displayed here can be found at Heck Of A Guy Chocolodka Page.

Christmas Chocolodka Gingerbread – Contributed by Duchess of Durham

  1. For the image=impaired, the graphic’s text reads: “The Heck Of A Guy Illustrated, Explicated, Annotated, & Unexpurgated Dishwasher Safe, Dishwasher Dependent Formulation For The Ultimate Solvent Of Anxiety, Woe, & Inhibitions, The Good Time-Enhancing, Courage-Bolstering, Someone’s Gonna Get Lucky Tonight-Assuring Quintessential Chocolate Vodka: Chocolodka.” []

Do Sugar Plums Have To Dance All Night?

A Heck Of A Guy Christmas Classic

As we’ve been told,

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads;
. . .

From A Visit from Saint Nicholas2
by Clement Clark Moore,3 First published 1823

This verse leads to thoughts of the season – Jack Frost nipping, snowmen, gifts beneath a Christmas tree, and – more to our point today – the inevitable and abiding question:

What The Heck Is A Sugar Plum?

Etching of confectionery booth, including “a little boy with his conical bag of sugar plums” by Christoph Weigel, c. 1700

As is so often the case with inevitable and abiding questions, the answer is available at Heck Of A Guy. The authoritative commentary on the Sugar Plum conundrum, originally published here in December 2007, continues to be The Sugar Plum Vision Quest.1

  1. Subtitle: A Compendium of Beliefs, Observations, and Considerations, Supplemented By Annotated Illustrations, Relating to the Nature of The Sugar Plum As Referenced In Popular 19th Century Christmas Poetry []

In Celebration: Allison Crowe – O Holy Night

Allison Crowe – O Holy Night
From Allison Crowe’s Tidings Concert album
Video: Adrian22

Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes “Silent Night” Video Opens Christmas Season

Merry Christmas, Marianne

As ongoing readers may know, a Leonard Cohen Christmas album has yet to enter that notably diverse pantheon of holiday CDs that includes such specimens as Twisted Sister’s “Twisted Christmas,” Jethro Tull’s “The Jethro Tull Christmas Album,” “A John Waters Christmas” by various artists, Afroman’s “A Colt 45 Christmas,” and William Hung’s “Hung For The Holidays.”1

Leonard Cohen’s songs and albums are often the result of long gestations. “I’m Your Man” was an album three years in the making.2 “In My Secret Life” required 13 years to progress from conception to release – even with Sharon Robinson helping.3 Nonetheless, even Cohen’s most ardent fans can be forgiven if they despair over his Christmas compilation, which is now in its 33rd year of preparation with only one song to show for the effort.4

Well, at least that one song is a pretty good one.

Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes – Silent Night

This Leonard Cohen-Jennifer Warnes duet of Silent Night with Raffi Hakopian on violin was performed and recorded at the December 15, 1979 Brighton, England concert.5

The Leonard Cohen Silent Night Video – A Tradition Since 2011

There is no film of the performance itself; consequently, I constructed a video montage of photos of Cohen and Warnes, drawings by Leonard Cohen, and a clip of a very young Leonard and his sister Esther skating to complement the music last year to accompany the music.  As of today, it has been viewed 47,932 times.

Download Silent Night by Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes

The audio recording of Silent Night by Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes used in the video is the same MP3 available as a track on the Another Other Leonard Cohen Album. Information about those songs and download instructions are available at the link.

Credit Due Department: The photo of Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes is by Claude Gassian and was contributed by Dominique BOILE. The shot of violinist Raffi Hakopian and Leonard Cohen is a screen capture from a video of Leonard Cohen singing “The Guests” that was originally broadcast on French TV on December 15, 1979 (see New Video – Leonard Cohen Sings The Guests, 1979). The image of the 1979 Brighton concert ticket was found at Ticket Collector.

  1. See The Leonard Cohen Christmas Album []
  2. Mark Rowland, Leonard Cohen’s Nervous Breakthrough. Musician, July 1988. []
  3. stupid and contagious, Leonard Cohen: In My Secret Life, July 5, 2009 []
  4. I’ve tried suggesting a cover that might fit such an album. Heck, I even offered my own lyrics to “I’m Your Santa” – a “I’m Your Man” Meets “Santa, Baby” sort of hymn to the holiday – for the project. Inexplicably, Mr. Cohen passed on both of these efforts, which can be viewed at Leonard Cohen Christmas Album – Tracks 2 & 3. []
  5. Rare Live Songs []

Leonard Cohen Ain’t The Only One Going Home

Off To The Land of Oz-arks

We are indeed doing the hill and dale thing, journeying westward to spend Thanksgiving with my mother at her home a couple of  miles north of Arkansas in a part of southwest Missouri where the only inhabitants of gated communities are cows.

Posting here and at the DrHGuy site is likely to be sparse or absent altogether until early next week.