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Happy Birthday To The Dancing Duchess Of Durham

Dec 25, 2012 – Happy Birthday

to my resplendent, charming, unremittingly passionate, delightful, and altogether marvelous wife Penny, who could have done so much better.

Dance me to the wedding now, dance me on and on
Dance me very tenderly and dance me very long
We’re both of us beneath our love, we’re both of us above
Dance me to the end of love
Dance me to the end of love

Video: You’ll Carry Me Down On Your Dancing
This video, set to Leonard Cohen’s “Take This Waltz,” was constructed as a gift to the Duchess1 and features dance sequences taped during ballroom competitions in which she participated as well as other scenes from her life and mine. Because it was a gift, it is indeed more sentimental than most of the movies produced here and it is studded with the type of indulgences lovers not only allow but encourage in one another.

Nonetheless, I’m proud of the final result which is true to the tone of Cohen’s “Take This Waltz.” As for the specifics, well, I’m not even going to try to explain the role of the bearded dancing partner, the shots of a house a few years and hundreds of miles from where we live now, why I’m wearing orange-tinted glasses in one scene, how the Beacon Theatre in New York appears in a cameo as a concert hall in Vienna, the alligator’s allegorical allusion, …

  1. aka Penny Showalter, aka my wife []

DrHGuy & The Other Saints Day

DrHGuy is taking today off to join in the festivities celebrating the double holiday of All Saints Day and his birthday.

Credit Due Department: The All Saints icon was found at ChurchYear

Leonard Cohen’s 73rd Birthday Is 2010 Hit

The Leonard Cohen Birthday Bump At  Heck Of A Guy

On each of the four Leonard Cohen birthdays Heck Of A Guy has commemorated, the site has enjoyed the statistical ecstasy of a boost in unique viewers1 as shown in the above graph of this year’s Cohen natal day visitors from Google Analytics.

Gonna Party Like It”s 2007

While the management of this site certainly appreciates these visitors, whatever their motivation, musical orientation, gender, religious affiliation, race, sexual preference, height, weight, political beliefs, dietary restrictions, profession, and country of origin, one aberrant behavior of this group is noteworthy – they don’t seem to care which birthday Mr. Cohen happens to be celebrating.

Ongoing readers may recall this phenomenon was noted last year, as described by this excerpt from Leonard Cohen’s Birthday Stats At Heck Of A Guy:

On Sept 21, 2009, the most popular single page on the Heck Of A Guy site was Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen, which seems logical enough – except that particular post commemorated the singer-songwriter’s birthday last year, Sept 21, 2008.

And, two days ago, September 21, 2010 (AKA Leonard Cohen’s 76th birthday), Heck Of A Guy’s unique viewers showed a nice albeit not tremendous  boost of about 200 over the previous day, almost all of which could be accounted for by the number of visitors to Everybody Knows – Today Is The Birthday Of Leonard Cohen, a post which I immodestly concede does offer a few bits of pithy prose and the occasional bon mot. For those who missed it, the opening paragraphs pasted below provide a fair sampling of the piece:

Everybody Knows – Today Is The Birthday Of Leonard Cohen

Well, at least every Cohenthusiast knows that Leonard Cohen was born September 21, 1934.

The question, however, is – are you prepared?

Growing up in the Bible belted-and-suspendered Ozarks, I heard the following question repeatedly proposed  from the church pulpit and the Sunday School lectern: “What would you do if Jesus came to your house today?”

Well, the truth is  I would have been creeped out, especially if he didn’t call first, but I understood the message underlying this query: we should live our lives in such a Christian manner that we would be prepared if Jesus dropped in for a visit to the point that the only change we would need to make would be frying up an extra pork chop for dinner.

I now find it more pleasant and enlightening to ask myself “What would you do if Leonard Cohen came to your house today?”2

The post goes on to describe and offer the Leonard Cohen Heck of a Birthday Bash Kit3 shown in the illustration below.

Not bad, eh?

The clinker is that the post is dated September 21, 2007 and celebrates the 73rd birthday of Leonard Cohen.

Incidentally, when originally published, Everybody Knows – Today Is The Birthday Of Leonard Cohen garnered a modestly above average number of viewers at a time when Heck Of A Guy was not on the radar of most Leonard Cohen fans. It generated one comment – a helpful reader provided a YouTube link to a Fats Domino rendition of “Blueberry Hill,” the song the Leonard Cohen Heck of a Birthday Bash Kit recommended as music for the birthday party.

Oh, there was one other response.  Shortly after the post went online, I did receive this email with the attached art:

Dear Heck,
Thank you for the Birthday Greetings.

Old Leonard

  1. “Unique Visitors” are individual viewers (or, more accurately, individual IP addresses of computers, regardless of how many people use that computer) that landed on this site during a 30 day time period. Each unique visitor is counted only once, regardless of how many visits are made or how many pages are viewed []
  2. Of course, the even more difficult question would be, “What if Leonard Cohen <em>and</em> Jesus came to your house today?” []
  3. Note: The Leonard Cohen Heck of a Birthday Bash Kit is also certified for celebrating the songwriter’s birthday in his absence or, if one prefers, ones own birthday, or the birthday of Jesus. []

Leonard Cohen Celebrates 76th Birthday With Marseille Concert

Leonard Cohen Feted With Flowers & Birthday Serenade

The audience at last night’s Leonard Cohen Marseille concert paid tribute to the singer-songwriter on his 76th birthday with applause, flowers, candles, and song.

Audience Opens Tower Of Song With Happy Birthday To Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen -Tower of Song (Marseille 09/21/2010)

The audience delays “Tower Of Song” with a spontaneous rendition of  “Happy Birthday.”

Video from albertnoonan

Candles Accompany Performance Of “Suzanne”

Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” alight with candles in Marseille audience (screenshot)

Bonus: Find The Leonard Cohen World Tour Poster

Leonard Cohen isn’t the only act in town.

Credit Due Department: Concert photos are by Albert Noonan. The shot of the three posters is from asdeguia.

The Arrogant Worms Happy Birthday Celebration

When Prodigal,1 discovered my activities associated with Leonard Cohen’s upcoming 75th birthday, he offered this contribution, the classic Arrogant Worms2   “Happy Birthday” video:

Arrogant Worms – Happy Birthday

  1. AKA my older son []
  2. Well, both Leonard Cohen and the Arrogant Worms are Canadian musical institutions []