Category Archives: Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen: “NO TOURING IN 2014″

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From an April 12, 2014 post by Jarkko Arjatsalo at LeonardCohenForum [highlighting mine]:

I still get a lot of emails asking about a tour in the fall of 2014.

Many are asking because they have been holding their registration to our Dublin Event, in the hope of getting a tour announcement.
This has been said many times here, but let’s repeat it: there will be no tour in 2014.

I told Leonard today about the emails, and he asked me to quote him:

I CAN ASSURE YOU THAT THERE WILL BE NO TOURING IN 2014. THAT IS DEFINITE AND WRITTEN IN STONE.

DrHGuy Note: This writing in stone thing does go a long way toward explaining why it takes Leonard so long to write his songs.

Leonard Cohen Online Directory and The Goldilocks Conundrum

Brooke, Leslie, illustrator. The Golden Goose Book. London Frederick Warne, 1905.
I’ve seen the future, baby:
it is murder

-Leonard Cohen (The Future)

Strategic Choices For Leonard Cohen Online Directory

Given that the future is, as Mr Cohen observes, potentially problematic, I’ve been working on ongoing strategies for the Leonard Cohen Online Directory.

I constructed the page as a means of efficiently finding accurate and useful information about topics related to Leonard Cohen wherever they may reside on the internet (see Leonard Cohen Online Directory – Tools & Treats For Cohen Fans).

I’ve labeled this post “Leonard Cohen Online Directory and The Goldilocks Conundrum” because one quickly realizes that the primary issue for the Directory is avoiding the Scylla of doing too much, which would make the site cumbersome, and the Charybdis  doing too little, which would make it impossible to find some information that is available. The goal is, in fact, to create a process that is “just right.”

This was, of course, the tactic at the heart of the Goldilocks and the Three Bears story – an account which becomes much easier to comprehend once one grasps that Goldilocks was obviously a consultant and the bears were her clients. And the fairy tale itself? It was actually the PowerPoint presentation The Goldilocks Group, LLC made to 3Bears, Inc to explicate The Value Locus Decision Matrix.

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So, this page will be in flux, especially over the next week or two as I eliminate some items and adding others.  Check it out. at Leonard Cohen Online Directory

 

Credit Due Department: Illustration atop this post is from Brooke, Leslie, illustrator. The Golden Goose Book. London: Frederick Warne, 1905.

Leonard Cohen Online Directory – Tools & Treats For Cohen Fans

Looking For The Good Stuff

The idea behind the Leonard Cohen Online Directory is to offer a one-stop reference page to the best Leonard Cohen resources from all over the internet. The original Directory had become outdated and infested with dead links. The links in the list are now functional (at east,they were functional this morning). I have batches of items to add to the Directory to bring it fully current – but that’s an ongoing task.

Right now, you can find links to the Leonard Cohen discography, an exhaustive list of covers, the media reports from the 2008-2013 Tours (by year), chords to the songs, articles about Cohen’s life, essays on his songs and writing, a spate of humor pieces, and more.

THe new & continuously improved listing can bbe accessed at Leonard Cohen Online Directory

“I Really Love It!” Don Was Endorses Heck OF A Guy Video Of Elvis’s Rolls Royce Performed By Was (Not Was) & Leonard Cohen

“It was not only an act of supreme generosity on
[Leonard Cohen's ] part but a flawless reading of the song

Those hearing reports of unprecedented beaming emanating from the vicinity of Durham, North Carolina needn’t be concerned that, say, a local nuclear power plant has gone Chernobyl. The phenomenon is instead the consequence of DrHGuy finding this message from Don Was, world class musician and Grammy-winning record producer,1 in his inbox:

hi allan -

just stumbled upon your video for our song “Elvis’ Rolls Royce”….i really love it! It’s exactly what I visualized when we wrote the song and seeing your video 20 plus years after we recorded the track gave me a renewed sense of how surreally awesome it was that leonard agreed to do the vocal for us…it was not only an act of supreme generosity on his part but a flawless reading of the song…thanks for putting so much work into the video….i hope everyone on earth gets to see it!

cheers,
dw

OK, let’s make that “Don Was, world class musician, Grammy-winning record producer, and one heck of a guy.”

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Leonard Cohen, Was (Not Was), Elvis’s Rolls Royce, & The VIdeo

In 1990 Was (Not Was) published the album, Are You Okay?, which included the song, “Elvis’s Rolls Royce” with Leonard Cohen as lead vocalist (and Iggy Pop contributing backing vocals). One suspects that it was fun to produce, and it’s clearly fun to hear. It seemed only fitting that it should have a fun video as well. That’s where DrHGuy, master of the cut and paste flick, came into the picture.

Considerable poetic license was involved in the composition of “Elvis’s Rolls Royce.” Elvis owned many cars, a significant number of which he gave away to friends and family. He did own a Rolls Royce:

January 1961 Elvis signed a 5 year contract with Hal Wallis. To celebrate he went out and bought a Rolls Royce Phantom V from a Beverly Hills dealer only to bring it home and have his mothers’ chickens peck away at their reflections in the elegant finish. Most people would have just shot the birds but Elvis just chose to have the car repainted four or five times.2

That Rolls Royce is the one featured in the extraordinarily rare3 photo of Elvis, Leonard, & the Rolls atop this section of the post.

Elvis also owned a 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud, pictured below.

Elvis's 1966 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud

In any case, images in the accompanying video are likewise “inspired by” rather than “based on” Elvis’s cars. Viewers are advised to rev up their “willing suspension of disbelief for the moment which constitutes poetic faith;”4 a literal-minded perspective may result in significant cognitive whiplash.

More information, including a disposition on and video of the most popular Was (Not Was) song, “Walk The Dinosaur,”5 is available at Elvis’s Rolls Royce – Another Leonard Cohen Song That You Have (Probably) Never Heard.

Video: Leonard Cohen & Was (Not Was) – Elvis’s Rolls Royce

Video by Allan Showalter

  1. Don Was has produced every Rolling Stones album since 1993, co-led the 1980s group Was (Not Was), was appointed president of the jazz record label, Blue Note Records, in 2012, served as music director for a batch of movies (e.g., Thelma and Louise, The Rainmaker, Hope Floats), and has recorded with – well, just about everyone, including Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Ziggy Marley, Bob Seger, Al Green, Lucinda Williams, Garth Brooks, Ringo Starr, Iggy Pop, Lyle Lovett, Kris Kristofferson, Joe Cocker, Hootie and The Blowfish, Amos Lee, Willie Nelson Elton John, Stevie Nicks, George Clinton, Randy Newman, The Black Crowes, Carly Simon, Travis Tritt, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, The Barenaked Ladies, Old Crow Medicine Show, Roy Orbison, Waylon Jennings, Jessi Colter, Richie Sambora, The Presidents of the United States of America, B.B. King, Paul Westerberg, Kurt Elling, Poison, Cheb Khaled, The B-52′s, Zucchero, Todd Snider, Elizabeth Cook, Jill Sobule and Solomon Burke. []
  2. ElvisPresleyNews.com []
  3. It is so extraordinarily rare that it was, in fact, nonexistent in the pre-Photoshop world []
  4. Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria, 1817 []
  5. Unfortunately, there are no known versions of “Walk The Dinosaur” featuring Mr Cohen. []

Three Excerpts From Liel Leibovitz’s “A Broken Hallelujah” Now Available Online

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At least three  online publications have issued significant, self-contained excerpts – each of them rewarding reads1 – adapted from Liel Leibovitz’s just-published “A Broken Hallelujah:”

More about “A Broken Hallelujah” by Liel Leibovitz:

Update: Also online now: St. Leonard, Live (Tablet Magazine: April 7, 2014) – Leonard Cohen’s Top Five Concert Appearances

  1. OK, there are two rewarding reads and one rewarding listed (a podcast). []
  2. With all respect to Liel, I hold my previous characterization of the 1970 Leonard Cohen Tour as “the astoundingly weird Cohen Tour” to be superior to his description of it as “worst tour ever.” []

DrHGuy Is Taking The Day Off To Celebrate Return Home Of Duchess

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DrHGuy.com & 1HeckOfAGuy.com will be closed today in celebration of the return of the Duchess after a sojourn on the Left Coast. Posting will resume April 7, 2014