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Video Back Online – Jennifer Warnes’ Way Down Deep & Leonard Cohen’s A Thousand Kisses Deep

Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen backstage (Santa Monica, February 24, 2001)

“Way Down Deep” + “A Thousand Kisses Deep” Video Returns

As is true of many Leonard Cohen songs, “A Thousand Kisses Deep” has a complex history. Tom Sakic and I thought it would be interesting to present the earliest performed precursor of this song juxtaposed with the most recent version.

The result was a striking video that opens with Jennifer Warnes singing the gorgeous but inexplicably overlooked “Way Down Deep” (credited to Jennifer Warnes, Leonard Cohen, and Amy Latelevision) from her 1992 album, The Hunter, which is followed by Leonard Cohen’s July 20, 2009 recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” in Dublin.

Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen on tour 1972

The video was well received, garnering over 16,000 views. It was, however, off the air for several weeks until I re-uploaded it yesterday.

The original post with substantially more information about these songs can be found at From Jennifer Warnes Sings “Way Down Deep” To Leonard Cohen Recites “A Thousand Kisses Deep.”

The video itself can be viewed below.

From Way Down Deep By Jennifer Warnes To A Thousand Kisses Deep By Leonard Cohen

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Credit Due Department: The photo atop this post showing Leonard Cohen visiting Jennifer Warnes backstage before her February 24, 2001 concert at McCabe’s in Santa Monica, California was found at the Jennifer Warnes web site. The second photo showing Warnes and Cohen on a plane is a screenshot from Tony Palmer’s “Bird On A Wire” documentary.

Let The Sunshine In – Durham 2011, Jennifer Warnes 1968

Shining, Gleaming,Streaming, Flaxen, Waxen, …

In commemoration of DrHGuy’s decampment to DPAC1 last night,2 to take in the Broadway Revival Cast presentation of Hair, Heck Of A Guy offers two videos.

Hair – Broadway Revival Cast (Letterman – 2009)

The first is a presentation of “Let The Sunshine In” performed by the current cast (the same crew who are currently playing in Durham) on Letterman.

Let The Sunshine In – West Coast Cast Of Hair (Smothers Brothers Show, December 1968)

The second video, chosen in a desperate attempt to link this post to Heck Of A Guy’s Leonard Cohen-loving mainstream audience, features the 1968, pre-Famous Blue Raincoat iteration of Jennifer Warnes3, who played the female lead in the original west coast cast of Hair and later became backup singer for, collaborator with, and interpreter of the afore mentioned Canadian singer-songwriter-icon, singing “Let The Sunshine In” on the Smothers Brothers show. Also spotlighted in this video is Delores Hall.

  1. aka Durham Performing Arts Center []
  2. DrHGuy was accompanied on this escapade by his trusty crew of Durham regulars: Duke of Derm, Princess of Peds, and Duchess of Durham. []
  3. Then known as Jennifer Warren []

Breadfruit Roasting On An Open Fire, Chocolate Vodka Brewing In The Dishwasher, Carols Being Sung By Leonard Cohen …

It Must Be The Heck Of A Guy Christmas1 Spectacular

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.

Have Yourself A Chocolodka Christmas

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.

In the spirits of the Season Of  Chocolodka, Heck Of A Guy Blog offers  …2

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The Immaculate Chocolodka Conception

While the value of any substance called Chocolodka would seem intuitively apparent to any sentient adult, doubters should consider this confirmatory evidence: how could anything that begins in this manner go wrong?

Since the recipe calls for a three-quarters (¾) full 750 mL bottle of vodka, the first step, obviously,3 is someone sucking down ¼ bottle of vodka. While alternative means of removing the excess liquor may theoretically exist, personal consumption bespeaks a dedication to the mission & certainly enhances the likelihood of the project’s success. This is best accomplished in two consecutive motions as demonstrated in the photos below by Lady Lawanda and Hippie With Tiara:

The Vodka Swing

step1

And The Follow-through

step2

Repeat As Necessary

The Chocolodka Benediction

The original post with the full set of instructions for Chocolodka is at The Quintessential Chocolate Vodka – Chocolodka

Update: More Chocolodka

An instructional video is now available at How To Make The Original Chocolodka – The Video. Information about Chocolodka, including links to all Heck Of A Guy Chocolodka posts and recipes employing Chocolodka can be found at Heck Of A Guy Chocolodka Page.

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Jennie & Lenny Go Christmas Caroling

Leonard Cohen MOJO Cover Proposal - Heck Of A Guy Graphics

Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes  Sing “Silent Night”

When mention of the Leonard Cohen- Jennifer Warnes rendition of “Silent Night”  was first made on this site in January 2007,4 many readers were taken unawares. And, each time since then allusions have been made to this event, still more folks are surprised. Consequently, it seems appropriate to once again present the historical data and, of course, the song itself.

Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes – Silent Night

Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes - screenshot from Bird On A Wire

This Leonard Cohen-Jennifer Warnes duet was recorded at the December 15, 1979 Brighton, England concert.5

Leonard Cohen & Jennifer Warnes – Silent Night

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“Silent Night” by Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes can be downloaded without charge as part of  Another Other Leonard Cohen Album, a collection of unreleased Leonard Cohen songs.

Lady Lawanda’s Fine & Dandy Christmas Mix

Lady Lawanda,6  a talented singer, had a penchant for non-traditional Christmas music.  (Several of her friends and family have made the observation that this predilection for musical perversity manifested itself only after she met me.  Quelle coincidence, eh?)

A 2009 post, Lady Lawanda’s Sounds Of The Season – Christmas Carols On The Offbeat, lists several of her favorite selections and is highly recommended reading and listening for the melodically adventuresome. For our purposes today, a few examples should be sufficient to give a flavor of her seasonal playlist.

Christmas Soon Come

Lady Lawanda loved Jamaica, visiting often and virtually adopting a dozen or so Jamaicans she met in her travels. One of her favorite gifts was the Christmas Soon Come mix I made her. The first  track on that oft played CD was …

Breadfruit Roasting on an Open Fire (The Christmas Song) – Yellowman

Video from RastaClaus85

Hard Candy Christmas by RuPaul – Best Christmas Song Covered By A Drag Queen

RuPaul

#1 on Lady Lawanda’s Christmas Hit parade, however, was the cover of “Hard Candy Christmas” sung by RuPaul Andre Charles in his drag queen persona.

I admit that Lawanda’s fascination with this song seems silly at first, but, on reflection, the lyrics of the chorus were, after all, a description of the way she lived.

I’ll be fine and dandy
Lord it’s like a hard candy Christmas
I’m barely getting through tomorrow
But still I won’t let
Sorrow bring me way down

Hard Candy Christmas – RuPaul

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Cool Yule

Santa Baby – Eartha Kitt

“Santa Baby” was originally sung and recorded in 1953 by Eartha Kitt. And nobody does it better.
Video from ebbonknee

Clarence Carter – Back Door Santa

Video from soulservereu

Coming Attractions For The Holidays:

  • The go-to article on sugar plums
  • Much more Christmas music
  • DrHGuy on gift giving and gift getting
  1. Or Winter Holiday Of Choice []
  2. The announcement 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.” []
  3. Well, it’s obvious to me []
  4. See Leonard Cohen On The Loose – Rare Concert Songs, Comments, & Covers By Leonard Cohen []
  5. Rare Live Songs []
  6. Lady Lawanda is the blogonym (and, I hasten to add, the self-chosen blogonym) of the woman in my life for three all too brief years until she died from breast cancer June 2008. She was a profoundly important and positive force in her community, the school where she taught, and the lives of her family, friends, colleagues, neighbors, and my children. And, she was the center of my world . []

From Jennifer Warnes Sings "Way Down Deep" To Leonard Cohen Recites "A Thousand Kisses Deep"

The Alpha And Omega (So Far) Of “A Thousand Kisses Deep”

As is true of many Leonard Cohen songs, “A Thousand Kisses Deep” has a complex history. Tom Sakic and I thought it would be interesting to present the earliest performed precursor of this song  juxtaposed with the most recent version.

The result is a video with Jennifer Warnes1 singing the gorgeous but routinely overlooked “Way Down Deep” (by Jennifer Warnes, Leonard Cohen, and Amy Latelevision:2 by Leonard Cohen) from her 1992 album, The Hunter, followed by Leonard Cohen’s July 20, 2009 recitation of “A Thousand Kisses Deep” in Dublin.

Between these end points, “A Thousand Kisses Deep” – both the song and the poem, both in print and as performed – has undergone changes in specific lyrics and the addition, subtraction, and rearrangement of stanzas.

The closest we have to a definitive manuscript of all verses is dated September 21, 1998 and is available online at Blackening Pages: A Thousand Kisses Deep.3 From that point on, the versions are combinations and permutations of these verses with occasional changes in lines and phrases.

The Video: Jennifer Warnes’ “Way Down Deep” To Leonard Cohen’s “A Thousand Kisses Deep”

Despite being romantics at heart, neither Tom nor I planned this as a Valentine’s Day commemoration – but, just as sure as there ain’t no cure for love, it is a suitable treat for those with a Cohenesque perspective.

Video from DrHGuy

Bonus: Leonard Cohen’s 1996 “A Thousand Kisses Deep”

This video clip is from Armelle Brusq’s movie, “Leonard Cohen Spring 96,”4 shot at the Mt Baldy Zen Center.

Leonard Cohen – A Thousand Kisses Deep – 1996 Demo

Video from a1000kissesdeep (AKA Tom Sakic)

Credit Due Department: The photo of Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen at the synthesizer atop this post is from the Jennifer Warnes web site. The photo of those same two individuals and canine companion at the table is from LeonardCohenFiles.

  1. For more about the connections between Leonard Cohen and Jennifer Warnes, see Jennifer Warnes’ Famous Blue Raincoat Reissued On 20th Anniversary, Blog Error On Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat Corrected – By Jennifer Warnes, and, of course, The Leonard Cohen Christmas Album []
  2. Lyrics: Way Down Deep

    way down, way way down
    way way down deep
    you’re got me way down, way way down,
    way way down deep
    you’re got me way down, way down deep
    I wander with you in my sleep
    I’m way down, way way down,
    way way down deep
    It came to me this morning
    I was walking down the street
    was like my soul could taste you
    and God, you tasted sweet
    finally I can breathe again
    finally I can speak
    I’ve got you in the glory place
    I’ve got you way down deep

    I’ve got you way down, way way down,
    way way down deep
    you’re got me way down, way way down,
    way way down deep
    you’re got me way down, way way down,
    I wander with you in my sleep
    I’m way down, way way down,
    way way down deep

    it’s a funny feeling
    but I cannot say I mind
    I know that I’m dealing with
    a love that’s far from blind
    I see every single angle
    I look before I leap
    how else can I put it
    when you’re got me way down deep

    you’ve got me way down, way way down,
    way way down deep
    you’ve got me way down, way way down,
    way way down deep
    you’ve got me way down, way down deep
    I wander with you in my sleep
    I’m way down, way way down,
    way way down deep

    don’t matter what we gave away
    was nothing we could keep
    don’t matter what we gave away
    you know that talk is cheap
    forgive me if I hate you
    you’re a liar and a thief
    but I’ve got you in the glory place
    I got you way down deep

    you’ve got me way down, way way down …

    don’t matter if the road is long
    don’t matter if it’s steep
    don’t matter if the moon goes out
    and darkness is complete
    don’t matter if we lose our way
    I know we;re gonna meet
    I’ve got you in the glory place
    I’ve got you way down deep

    you’ve got me way down, way way down .. []

  3. Leonard Cohen’s 1996 demo from Armelle Brusq’s movie at Mt Baldy referenced at at Blackening Pages: A Thousand Kisses Deep is also available on YouTube and can be viewed below in the embedded player near the end of this post. []
  4. See Superb Video Of Leonard Cohen At Mt Baldy Zen Center – Armelle Brusq’s 1996 Film Now Online []

Leonard Cohen’s Do I Have To Dance All Night (1980 Version) Video Reference Key

Do I Have To Dance All Night (1980 Version) Video Sources

Leonard Cohen – Do I Have To Dance All Night (1980 – Amsterdam Concert)

Since uploading the video I put together for the 1980 version of “Do I Have To Dance All Night” to YouTube, I’ve received many questions about the origins of specific clips or the identities of individuals in the montage. Consequently, I’ve constructed a story board identifying the major scenes and characters.1

The key is self-explanatory. Links to many of the source videos and further information follow the key.

Scene By Scene Key

Click on images to enlarge.

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Links To Videos and References

Links are listed in the order of the scene’s occurrence in the video. I have included a single link to each of the videos. When more than one scene from a video is used, only the link to the first scene is shown. Scenes from the same source that show consecutively in the Do I Have To Dance All Night video have, in some cases, been cut and reassembled in a different sequence (e.g., the scenes from the Official Video of Dance Me to the End of Love) .

  1. The analogous key to the 1976 version of “Do I Have To Dance All Night” can be found at Do I Have To Dance All Night (1976 Version) Video Reference Key []
  2. This video was used as a result of my error in translating the YouTube information (written in Spanish). I found this clip while searching for scenes from Atom Egoyan’s Exótica, which uses Cohen’s Everybody Knows in its soundtrack. After I had posted the video, I discovered that this was an “homage” to that movie rather than a segment from it. Ms Carillo is a model and former Ms Universe, who did not appear in Exótica. []

Blog Error On Jennifer Warnes Famous Blue Raincoat Corrected – By Jennifer Warnes

Jennifer Warnes

Jennifer Warnes

Can Who Hum A Few Bars Of That With Jennifer Warnes?

Just over a year old, I published Famous Blue Raincoat By Jennifer Warnes: Audiophile Addendum, a post which discussed the outstanding engineering and sound quality of the Famous Blue Raincoat album performed by Jennifer Warnes.

That post also included my  response to the following query, posed by the guy who has installed, revised, and cajoled sound and TV systems for me over the past decade, about one track on that recording :

When listening to Bird on a Wire with a very high resolution sound system you can hear what sounds like a deep guttural humming along with Warnes’ vocals. On anything less than that is does not turn up at all, or sounds like a partially blown woofer. Is that Leonard Cohen humming along?

A few straightforward web searches revealed substantial information about the technical aspects of the recording, a summary of which is available at the  Audiophile Addendum post. At that time, however, those web sites did not identify, as far as I was able to determine, the singer of the extraordinarily low tones on the  Warnes version of Bird On A Wire.

Since there was a tie-in with with Leonard Cohen, I sent a few emails to members of the  Cohen cognoscente. I only received one positive response; on the other hand that same source had been correct about obscure details on a handful of other queries.  So, …

I wrote that I had received

… information from that usually reliable source1 that the referenced hum in Jennifer Warnes’ Bird on a Wire is the sound of Leonard Cohen’s voice doubling behind and an or octave below Warnes.

For the click-abhorrent, that footnote, which was part of the original post, reads:

This source has been 100% correct about such matters in the past, but I have no way to double-check this tidbit so if anyone has information that confirms or conflicts with the answer I’ve reported, I’d appreciate an email.

A Year Passes

And Then, The Email Arrives

Hi Dr. Hguy;

While doing some research on Jennifer’s behalf, I came across your column from Aug 6 of last year in which your usually reliable source named Leonard Cohen as the source of low humming on Jennifer’s version of “Bird on a Wire”.

I sent the article to Jennifer; she asked me to send you the true details, straight from the diva’s keyboard:

“Will you write back for me and say that this low voice is Willie Greene Jr. He sings also on Ry Cooder’s records. His bass can reach lower than the lowest note on an acoustic piano. We proved it. Ask Billy Youdelman who was the recordist or my co producer, Roscoe Beck, for proof. Leonard’s voice dropped down after many years chanting during Zen practice.”

I hope this is helpful.

Matt Kramer

There you have it. The ultra-low voice belongs to Willie Greene Jr.  Searches for Willie Greene Jr. turn up batches of credits, including work with Lyle Lovett and the afore mentioned Ry Cooder, but, alas, no photos in which he is unambiguously identified. I did find this brief but compelling mention of Mr. Greene at the July 28, 2008 entry in Jack Bog’s Blog in a description of a Lyle Lovett performance:

But all of the side men were upstaged by the background singers who stood to the star’s immediate right. What to my wondering eyes did appear — two of them were from the earth-shaking front line of Was (Not Was), who knocked our socks off (as we knew they would) at the Wonder a while back. Sure enough, it was Sweet Pea Atkinson and Sir Harry Bowens! Next to them was bass singer Willie Greene Jr., whose voice knows no bottom and whose bottom, along with the rest of him, moved smooth as silk in synchronicity with Sweet Pea and Sir Harry. (Emphasis mine)

I extend my apologies to Mr. Greene and Mr. Cohen for the error and my thanks to Mr. Kramer and Ms Warnes for the correction.

Credit Due Department
The photo of Jennifer Warnes atop this post is from StarPulse. The animated clock was found on several web sites. I am unaware of its original source.

  1. This source has been 100% correct about such matters in the past, but I have no way to double-check this tidbit so if anyone has information that confirms or conflicts with the answer I’ve reported, I’d appreciate an email. []