Tag Archives: Halloween

Leonard Cohen & Poster Child – The Costumes For Cohen Companions Fund

The Tragedy – When Friends Can’t Dress Up For Halloween

How can one not be moved by photos like the one below in which Leonard Cohen’s young friend bravely pretends to enjoy spending Halloween at home with the Canadian singer-songwriter instead of going door to door dressed as a witch or a ghost or perhaps even one of Leonard’s angels? (click on images to enlarge)
More realistically, as can be seen in this photo from the September 1994 Mojo article by John Walsh (which identifies her as Leonard’s “Romanian friend”), the poster child for this campaign is reduced to slouching resignedly on the one bed in the house and enduring the ignominy that is shag carpet.

Won’t you help? Together, we can costume these forsaken young
women and change their Halloween from a dirty trick to a real treat

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Credit Due Department: The black and white photo under the poster graphic is from Ira Nadel’s “Various Positions.” The photo used in the poster was found by Rike.

Leonard Cohen Turning Tricks Or Treats On Boogie Street

Leonard Cohen mask if worn by Paul Newman

The Heck Of A Guy Halloween Post Featuring Leonard Cohen

I’m turning tricks, I’m getting fixed,
I’m back on Boogie Street.

From A Thousand Kisses Deep by Leonard Cohen [emphasis mine]

 I want to thank you, Joan of Arc,
for treating me so well.

From Last Year’s Man by Leonard Cohen [emphasis mine]

When the shopping days left until DrHGuy’s birthday dwindle down to a precious few,1 Heck Of A Guy traditionally offers readers a Halloween distraction to bind the anxiety generated by the anticipation of the November 1st double holiday: All Saints Day and DrHGuy’s natal celebration.2 If you’ve already purchased and wrapped your birthday gift, feel free to indulge in this year’s Heck Of A Guy Halloween Homage to Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Cohen-Inspired Costumes

Like a bird on the wire,
like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free.
Like a worm on a hook,
like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee. 

Opening lines of Bird On The Wire by Leonard Cohen [emphasis mine]

While few have the technical skills to produce something like the inspired 2009 Halloween outfit seen above (found at Full. Body. Transplant), Cohen’s lyrics are a treasure trove of costume suggestions. The cowpoke below, for example, is the manifestation of The Ballad Of The Absent Mare.
Heck, the figures described in the verses of Is This What You Wanted alone would populate a full-fledged Halloween party:

You were Jesus Christ my Lord,
I was the money lender.
You were the sensitive woman,
I was the very reverend Freud.
You were the manual orgasm,
I was the dirty little boy.

And is this what you wanted
to live in a house that is haunted
by the ghost of you and me?

… You were Marlon Brando,
I was Steve McQueen.
You were K.Y. Jelly,
I was Vaseline.
You were the father of modern medicine,
I was Mr. Clean.
You where the whore and the beast of Babylon,
I was Rin Tin Tin.

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Halloween jack-o’-lantern carved by Leonard Cohen, 1994. From LeonardCohenFiles

The Lost Leonard Cohen Album – Songs Of Love & Halloween

In 2008, Heck Of A Guy broke the the haunting tale of eerie corporate error known as Leonard Cohen’s Songs Of Love & Halloween.

Excerpt:

Disappointed with the sales of Leonard Cohen’s first two albums, Songs of Leonard Cohen and Songs From a Room, his record label demanded that  he produce a novelty LP tied to Halloween to increase his commercial appeal.  His protests that issuing an album in this genre would be incongruent with his style was countered by the corporation’s argument that “no one is buying the poet turned singer-songwriter shtick.” …

 Leonard Cohen and his record company have consistently denied the existence of Songs of Love and Halloween, but to this day, those passing by a certain Montreal warehouse near the harbor after sunset on October 31st report hearing a low-pitched, gravelly voice singing – or wailing – about the woman who “… cut off my head on the unmade bed”

Read the complete story at The Lost Leonard Cohen Album – Songs Of Love And Halloween

Another Mask For Leonard Cohen To Wear

If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you

From I’m Your Man by Leonard Cohen

DrHGuy’s first Leonard Cohen Halloween post (Halloween 2007) offered “genuine, way cool, certified, high quality Heck of a Guy Halloween masks of Leonard Cohen, Phil Spector, and Anjani.

The full-sized masks and instructions for  their construction can be found at If You Want I’ll Wear A Leonard Cohen Mask For You.

Today marks the addition of another Leonard Cohen mask to the Cohenite holiday wardrobe.

 Instructions: The World Tour Leonard Cohen Mask

The brim of Cohen’s trademark fedora necessitates the use of two images.

  1. Click on the links below and download both  Mask 1 and Mask 2:
    Mask 1
    Mask 2
  2. Print both pages (preferably in color) on card stock  paper
  3. Cut out both images and cut out the eye slots in both faces
  4. Match up the images with Mask 2 on top and glue them together
  5. Attach a handle (while a Popsicle stick is the traditional implement, a pencil, tongue depressor, and many other household items will work; DrHGuy has found a spatula makes an ideal handle)

And the final product looks like the image atop this post – if you have Paul Newman eyes.

The Heck Of A Guy Alternative Costume

The Duchess Of Durham – who may not have noticed the fine print in her wedding vows – in her Halloween costume disguised as the Heck Of A Guy website.

  1. Frank Sinatra’s “precious few” are, in this case, equivalent to “two.” []
  2. One who speaks of himself or herself in the third person is, it turns out, an illeist, according to the inevitably reliable Anu Garg at words-at-wordsmith.org. DrHGuy is fascinated by this discovery and hopes you are as well. []

Halloween – Spook Light Shines, Pumpkins Squash Leonard Cohen, Allison Crowe Conjures Up Skeleton, Spirits, & Puns

Must Be The Season Of The Witch

Any popularity poll based on 1HeckOfAGuy.com web stats for the past few days would show Leonard Cohen a distant second to a vegetable and a tale from the Ozarks.

This time of year, visitors to this site are seeking carved pumpkins and stories abut inexplicable lights appearing on country roads rather than Canadian singer-songwriters.

Consequently, this seems an apt day for the

Annual Heck Of A Guy Halloween Hullabaloo

The Spooklight Story

The saga of DrHGuy’s up close and personal encounter with the Ozarks Spooklight (also spelled “Spook Light”) is not technically linked to Halloween, but it is – well, spooky, and that seems close enough.

The following excerpt provides a sense of the (absolutely true) story:

It was at this time that our conviction that we understood how the world operated in general, along with our beliefs in specific scientific principles, dissolved in the acute, undiluted fear of impending doom.

This genuinely scary story can be found at Spooklight Story. General information about the Spooklight is located at The Spooklight Background.

Leonard Cohen Halloween Treats

The seasonal ascendancy of pumpkins, squash, and gourds does not mean Leonard “The Icon” Cohen is absent from holiday happenings in these parts. There is, for example, the haunting tale of …

The Lost Leonard Cohen Album – Songs Of Love & Halloween

Excerpts:

Disappointed with the sales of Leonard Cohen’s first two albums, Songs of Leonard Cohen and Songs From a Room, his record label demanded that  he produce a novelty LP tied to Halloween to increase his commercial appeal.  His protests that issuing an album in this genre would be incongruent with his style were countered by the corporation’s argument that “no one is buying the poet turned singer-songwriter shtick.” …

Leonard Cohen and his record company have consistently denied the existence of Songs of Love and Halloween, but to this day, those passing by a certain Montreal warehouse near the harbor after sunset on October 31st report hearing a low-pitched, gravelly voice singing – or wailing – about the woman who “… cut off my head on the unmade bed”

Read the complete story at The Lost Leonard Cohen Album – Songs Of Love And Halloween

The Leonard Cohen, Phil Spector, And Anjani Masks

Cohen’s own reference to masks  in “I’m Your Man” is well known:

If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you

Few, however, realize that this offer to wear a mask evolved from an actual episode from Cohen’s ownl life. The phrase originated from Cohen’s initially reluctant acquiescence to Marianne’s insistence that the two of them attend a costume party their neighbors on Hydra were hosting. At first, Cohen refused. Later he offered a compromise; he would attend but would not wear a costume. Finally, he succumbed to Marrianne’s continued entreaties, testily muttering “All right, I’ll wear a mask – for you. Just shut up about it.”

Conventional wisdom has it that Cohen arrived at the party dressed as a 75 year old boxer-physician with a penchant for extraordinarily thorough physical exams.

Leonard Cohen With Boxing Gloves and Stethoscope (Colmar)

Graphics and instructions for print it yourself masks of Leonard Cohen, Anjani, and Phil Spector can be found  at If You Want I’ll Wear A Leonard Cohen Mask For You

Allison Crowe’s Skeletons and Spirits

Last year, Adrian du Plessis, Personable Manager of Allison Crowe,1 uploaded a seasonally appropriate tune from Heck Of A Guy’s favorite Icon-in-training. While the content of the video presentation spotlighting the talents of Ms Crowe, who seems to have been born with the gift of a gorgeous voice, is replete with Halloween imagery, it is Adrian’s pun-laden YouTube description (pasted below) that is truly scary .

A song in the key of Hallowe’en, a favourite holiday for musician Allison Crowe. Playing piano since age five and singing, almost as long, Crowe, inspired by Ani DiFranco and Loreena McKennitt, materialized her own record label in 2003. She’s now brewing her seventh album/CD, “Spiral”.

You could say Crowe is very ghoul-oriented.

“Allison Chains” (voice, piano) is linked to this track for eternity, with Dave “The Damned” Baird (bass), and Laurent “The Butcher” Boucher (percussion). This version is heard on “This Little Bird”, a CD for which Billie “The Wicca” Woods shot the cover. (Woods’ many portraits are fit to be hung in gallowries worldwide.)

Keeping an eye on all things newt, let us toast those musicians from the Netherlands to America, ‘cross Canada, en France and beyond – who’ve covered this song, including: Dhenzy, Victoria Venom, Lucresa, the friend of “dudelookslikealady2″, Natouchka38, Briauna Marijuana, and Eilish (estarhart).

From the brain of Logan Anschell comes just the right interjection – for those about to enjoy this musical treat. It’s the same thing, he whispers, a skeleton says to a vampire at dinner time:

“Bone appétit!”

May this raise your spirits ( :

Skeletons and Spirits ~ Allison Crowe (Happy Halloween)

Those Incredible Pumpkin-carvings

2007

Halloween Pumpkins 2007

During the short existence of Heck Of A Guy, we’ve been privileged to showcase some spectacular examples of traditional, artistic, and just plain bizarre pumpkin-carving.

The Jack-o’-lantern Gallery

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Halloween jack-o’-lantern carved by Leonard Cohen, 1994. From LeonardCohenFiles

  1. No, it’s not a misprint. Adrian is the music world’s most prominent – and only – Personable Manager. []

Halloween With Leonard Cohen, Allison Crowe, & The Pumpkins

When the calendar shows only one shopping day left until DrHGuy’s birthday, Heck Of A Guy traditionally offers readers a Halloween distraction to bind the anxiety generated by the anticipation of tomorrow’s double holiday: All Saints Day and DrHGuy’s natal celebration.1 If you’ve already purchased and wrapped your birthday gift, feel free to indulge in this year’s Heck Of A Guy Halloween Hodgepodge, starring Leonard Cohen, Allison Crowe, and the most twisted Jack-o’-lanterns you’re likely to come across.

The Leonard Cohen Mask

If you want a lover
I’ll do anything you ask me to
And if you want another kind of love
I’ll wear a mask for you

Find print it yourself masks of Leonard Cohen, Anjani, and Phil Spector at If You Want I’ll Wear A Leonard Cohen Mask For You

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Halloween jack-o’-lantern carved by Leonard Cohen, 1994. From LeonardCohenFiles

The Lost Leonard Cohen Album – Songs Of Love & Halloween

Excerpt:

Leonard Cohen and his record company have consistently denied the existence of Songs of Love and Halloween, but to this day, those passing by a certain Montreal warehouse near the harbor after sunset on October 31st report hearing a low-pitched, gravelly voice singing – or wailing – about the woman who “… cut off my head on the unmade bed”

Read the complete story at The Lost Leonard Cohen Album – Songs Of Love And Halloween

Allison Crowe Contributes Skeletons and Spirits

Adrian du Plessis, Manager of Allison Crowe Music, has uploaded a season-appropriate tune from Allison Crowe, currently working on a new album, Spiral. The YouTube description is itself replete with horrifying puns. Consider yourselves warned.


A song in the key of Hallowe’en, a favourite holiday for musician Allison Crowe. Playing piano since age five and singing, almost as long, Crowe, inspired by Ani DiFranco and Loreena McKennitt, materialized her own record label in 2003. She’s now brewing her seventh album/CD, “Spiral”.

You could say Crowe is very ghoul-oriented.

“Allison Chains” (voice, piano) is linked to this track for eternity, with Dave “The Damned” Baird (bass), and Laurent “The Butcher” Boucher (percussion). This version is heard on “This Little Bird”, a CD for which Billie “The Wicca” Woods shot the cover. (Woods’ many portraits are fit to be hung in gallowries worldwide.)

Keeping an eye on all things newt, let us toast those musicians from the Netherlands to America, ‘cross Canada, en France and beyond – who’ve covered this song, including: Dhenzy, Victoria Venom, Lucresa, the friend of “dudelookslikealady2″, Natouchka38, Briauna Marijuana, and Eilish (estarhart).

From the brain of Logan Anschell comes just the right interjection – for those about to enjoy this musical treat. It’s the same thing, he whispers, a skeleton says to a vampire at dinner time:

“Bone appétit!”

May this raise your spirits ( :

Skeletons and Spirits ~ Allison Crowe (Happy Halloween)

Those Incredible Pumpkin-carvings

2007

Halloween Pumpkins 2007

During the short existence of Heck Of A Guy, we’ve been privileged to showcase some spectacular examples of traditional, artistic, and just plain bizarre pumpkin-carving.

The Jack-o’-lantern Gallery

  1. One who speaks of himself or herself in the third person is, it turns out, an illeist, according to the inevitably reliable Anu Garg at words-at-wordsmith.org. DrHGuy is fascinated by this discovery and hopes you are as well. []

The Lost Leonard Cohen Album – Songs Of Love And Halloween

Leonard Cohen’s Record Company And Other Scary Things

More Leonard Cohen Info Not Found On Other Web Sites1

Disappointed with the sales of Leonard Cohen’s first two albums, Songs of Leonard Cohen and Songs From a Room, his record label demanded that  he produce a novelty LP tied to Halloween to increase his commercial appeal.  His protests that issuing an album in this genre would be incongruent with his style were countered by the corporation’s argument that “no one is buying the poet turned singer-songwriter shtick.”

The result was Songs of Love and Halloween, a collection of tracks, including Nightmare On Boogie Street, Hey, That’s No Way To Say Trick Or Treat, Monster Mash Me To The End Of Love, Tacoma Trailer Park Murders, and Bates Motel #2, the recording company executives  were to finally judge “too depressing for Halloween,” leading them to cancel distribution of the already pressed album.

Songs of Love and Hate, rather than Songs of Love And Halloween, eventually became the third Cohen album.

The songs themselves, with new titles and minor modifications of the lyrics, formed the nucleus of Cohen’s repertoire over the course of his career.

Songs of Love and Halloween – The Afterlife

Leonard Cohen and his record company have consistently denied  the existence of Songs of Love and Halloween, but to this day, those passing by a certain Montreal warehouse near the harbor after sunset on October 31st report hearing a low-pitched, gravelly voice singing – or wailing – about the woman who “… cut off my head on the unmade bed”


  1. “Other Web Sites,” are defined as those that unimaginatively limit themselves to facts about Leonard Cohen. See also 10 Unbelievable Secrets About Leonard Cohen []

Gorgeously Macabre Pumpkin Carvings

Yesterday’s post deservedly praised  Extreme Pumpkins as the Heck Of A Guy’s favorite gourd decoration site. DrHGuy is, however, remiss in slighting other pumpkin-centric sites by not explaining the basis on which Extreme Pumpkins has been repeatedly selected as The Heck Of A Guy #1 Pumpkin Carving Site.

It is a sad fact that DrHGuy is artistically challenged. In elementary school, the announcement of an art session, greeted by fellow students with anticipatory glee nigh onto rapture, struck terror into the then tender and vulnerable soul of the young DrHGuy.

Consequently, the design motif at Extreme Pumpkins, which emphasizes clever ideas manifest in simple designs rather than intricate images requiring significant artistic talent, is especially appealing to one who has too often heard the query, “What is that supposed to be?”

When the chief feature of a carved pumpkin is, for example, a 3 foot flame shooting out the top, a botched eyelid or an erratically cut mouth tend to attract little criticism.

DrHGuy is not, however, devoid of admiration for those talent-enriched pumpkin carvings.

He is, for example, in awe of the phenomenal 3-D productions of Ray Villafane at Villafane Studio Pumpkins

Ray Villafane Predator Pumpkin

Ray Villafane Predator Pumpkin

For the edification of Heck Of A Guy viewers, several examples of outstanding pumpkin art (and a Dry-Ice Martini and Electric Cake that is pumpkin-free but certainly resonates with Halloween) were posted yesterday at DrHGuy.

The simplest means of viewing these is to go to DrHGuy and scroll back through the posts dated 29 October 2008. For those insistent on using links to individual posts, those connections follow: